One Gallon Recipe
5-6 lbs Concord Grapes
5-6 pints water
2.5 lbs sugar
1) Wash and destem grapes. Using straining bag or grape crusher, break grapes skins open and allow juice to flow into primary fermenter. Put pulp into staining bag, tie and place in primary fermenter. Add all ingredients except yeast. Wait 6-8 hours and then add yeast strain (one pack per five gallons of must).
2) After 5 -7 days of fermetation, squeeze juice from bag into primary fermenter and discard fruit pulp. Rack wine from primary fermenter into secondary fermenter with airlock. Wait two weeks.
3) Rack wine into another clean secondary fermenter and top up to elliminate any air space (using water or a similar finished wine). Bulk age an additional 1-3 months before bottling.
* The above recipe will make a fairly dry wine. Concord is typically made more sweet. Once the wine is clear and stable and ready for bottling, transfer off any sediment into a clean bottling container. Add 1/2 tsp stabilizer crystals, one campden tablet (crushed) and 1/2 cup table sugar per gallon and then bottle.