Yield: Three Gallons US
Beginning SG/PA: Not Provided

Ingredients:
17-20 lbs. frozen strawberries (Use extra if the berries are light in flavor.)
Approx. 3 gals. water
5 campden tablets, cursahed OR 1/4 tsp. metabisulfite
5 tsp. yeast nutrient
2 1/2 tsp. dry or 25 drops liquid pectic enzyme
Sparkolloid
4 lbs. sugar
1 pkg. champagne yeast

Instructions:

  1. Add 5 campden tablets OR 1/4 tsp. metabisulfite, pectic enzyme, and 4 lbs. sugar to the frozen fruit.
  2. Leave for 3 days at room temperature. This will aid in extracting the juice from the berries.
  3. Place fruit in straining bag.
  4. Place bag and water into primary fermentor to make 5-1/2 gallons.
  5. Adjust acid to .65.
  6. Add tartaric acid if needed.
  7. Check S.G. and add sugar to 1.075 if needed.
  8. Add yeast nutrient, and 1 pkg. champagne yeast.
  9. When S.G. is about 1.005 lightly hand squeeze fruit bag (don’t over squeeze). There should be about 5-1/2 gallons must or slightly less.
  10. Rack wine into secondary.
  11. Make sweetened juice using 4 lbs frozen berries, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. or 5 drops pectic enzyme.
  12. Put into bowl for 1 day at room temperature.
  13. Put this mixture into a fruit bag and allow clear juice to drip into a container for 24-36 hours.
  14. Do not squeeze the bag. (Clear juice can be frozen until it is added at next racking)
  15. Rack wine again in 3 weeks and add campden tablets OR 1/4 tsp. metabisulfite.
  16. Add 2 1/2 tsp. potassium sorbate.
  17. Add clear sweetened juice.
  18. Rack again in 3-5 weeks and Sparkolloid.
  19. Rack 1 week later.
  20. Verify sulfite level is 40-75ppm.
  21. Add campden tablets OR metabisulfite if needed.
  22. Sweeten with sugar syrup to taste (if needed), filter and bottle.

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