Make a False (Second) Wine August 21 2014, 0 Comments

Looking to stretch your wine grapes even farther this year or want to try something new? Make a "second" or "false" wine with your grape skins. Here's how it works:
  1. Crush your red wine grapes and carry out the primary fermentation as normal.
  2. Press the juice from the skins and drain into the secondary fermenter as normal.
  3. Instead of tossing the skins, put the skins back in the fermenter and fill with water up to 1/2 the amount of wine you just pressed. That is, if you initially made 6 gallons of wine, add up to 3 gallons of water. If you want a little more color and body, add 1 liter of red grape concentrate per gallon of water.
  4. Add 2.5 lb of sugar (you may want to boil the sugar in the water you added in step 3 and cool down to room temperature before adding to skins), 3 tsp. acid blend, 1 tsp. yeast nutrient, and 1/8 tsp. wine tannin per gallon of water you added.
  5. Stir and cover. You don't need to add yeast, because the skins have lots of yeast left over from the first fermentation.
  6. Make the wine in the same fashion as your other wines.
The "false" wine will be thinner than the original, but with very little work and cost, you can have a delicious table wine. Happy winemaking!