When I started making wine my goal was to make a good red wine. I have no problem with white wine or rose, but I prefer drinking red wine. I bought a few wine kits because I had no idea what I was doing. I did not like the results. It was wine, it was red, but in my opinion tasteless.
Since I have no grapes or other fresh fruit I started experimenting with juices that I bought from the supermarket. I was very happy with the resulting white wines but making red wines continued to be problematic.
I used many different red juices but in general they all have the same problems:
So usually what you end up with is something that is more or less a rose with too much alcohol, and a taste that resembles lemonade. Not bad as a rose most of the times but nothing like red wine.
Then I started experimenting with additional ingredients. I used for example oak chips, bananas, vanilla, dried elderberries, and tannin. Again the results were not good because I used too much. Vanilla is a great addition but it is very overpowering and red vanilla wine is not nice.
One juice became the exception: Black currant juice. I made red wine from it several times and it is pretty good. It can compete with the better supermarket wines.
So here is my recipe for 10 liter:
As you can see I did not measure anything. The amount of sugar in the juice is written on the package and I trust this. The acidity is probably a bit high so I will not add any. I am confident enough so I will not make a measurement.
The amounts of additions are very small. This is mainly because they all give a lot of flavor and the oak chips and elderberries also contain tannin. You want them in your wine, but not too much.
The banana is there to give the wine body.
I have made this wine before but I always try to experiment a little with additions. This is also the reason that I use cane sugar. I have not tried this before and we will see if this is an improvement or not. I do not think it will make a big difference.
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