MINIMUM EQUIPMENT:
 
  • Large food grade-quality plastic or earthenware crock (primary fermenter)
  • 1 or more clean narrow-neck glass jugs (secondary fermenters)
  • Fermentation locks for each secondary fermenter
  • Plastic syphon tubing
  • 25 "fifth" (750 ml.) wine bottles and corks
  • Large plastic sheet or cover for primary fermenter
  • Sodium metabisulfite to sanitize equipment and bottles
 

INGREDIENTS FOR FIVE GALLONS:
 
  • 10 x 12 oz. cans frozen concord grape juice
  • 4 gallons of water
  • 18 cups of sugar (1.085-1.090 specific gravity)
  • 4 teaspoons acid blend
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Super Ferment
  • 5 campden tablets (crushed)
  • 1 pkg. all purpose wine yeast
 
PROCEDURE:
 
  1. Thaw frozen juice, shake well and put into primary fermenter. Add all the other ingredients EXCEPT the wine yeast and the campden tablets. Stir well. Cover with plastic sheet to keep out dust.
  2. Crush and dissolve the campden tablets in 1/2 cup warm water. Add to primary fermenter and stir well. Cover with plastic sheet and tie down. Stir 3 - 4 times during the next 24 hours.
  3. At the end of this period, sprinkle the yeast into a cup lukewarm water. Cover & allow to stand 15 - 20 minutes. After yeast activates, pour into must. Re-cover. Allow to ferment 5 - 7 days or until the foaming subsides.
  4. Syphon the wine into the sterilized 5 gallon jug. Be sure to fill the jug into the neck with the wine. Attach a fermentation lock and allow to ferment to completion. (1.000 S.G. or less).
  5. One week after fermentation has ceased, syphon the wine into another sterile glass jug. Allow the wine to stand in a cool, dark place 1-2 months until perfectly clear. After a minimum of three months the wine should be clear, and may be bottled. If you want a sweeter wine, you should stabilize the wine (2 1/2 tsp. potassium sorbate & 1/4 tsp. sulphite/or 2 campden tablets), allow to stand 48 hours, and then sweeten to taste with a simple sugar syrup (fructose is better!).
Note: Fermentation should be between 60° - 80°F.

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We walk in and a chipper employee greets us and "reminds" us to sample some craft brew... ? We thought we were hearing things, lo-and-behold, fresh, tasty and cold, samples, help yourself :) Shawn was thorough and incredibly knowledgeable, big hats off! We learned a ton in the hour there. The store is PACKED with everything you'd need, seriously. Read the previous comment referring to yeast, I have 0, (read: ZERO) complaints there, go see for yourself. Their selection is awesome. The grain room is pure and simple a godsend for the AG brewer. F&#k me, VACUUM SEALED HOPS! Not just pellets!?! Bring it home baby.. also have wet hops in season. Spoke to Shawn again a bit and ended our visit with Jim, overall 100% Theres even a map with all the craft breweries in town, COME ON! These guys are slayin' it. Be back, soon. R

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Dec 03, 2013

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Team - Scott Birdwell

Scott Birdwell Scott brewed his first batch of homebrew in January 1978. His first batch of beer was the first homebrew he had ever tasted (underwhelming, to say the least!). Nevertheless, he was hooked and within a couple of months was working at DeFalco’s part-time. A few months later, he was full-time. Within a year, Scott became manager of the store and by the end of 1980, he had taken ownership (What the hell was he thinking?! I suppose it beats finding real work. . .). Scott became the first Master Judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program in 1988 and is currently ranked as a Grand Master Judge. Note: That and a couple of bucks will buy you a cup of coffee at Denny’s. Almost forty years later, he’s still here - a lifetime sentence, you might say.
 

Team - Jim Trippel

Jim Trippel Office Manager A retired United States Navy captain, Jim spent 25 years in the service. He had been homebrewing since 1999, so the move into the back of the house at DeFalco’s was natural move for Jim in early 2012. He soon discovered the joys of homemade wine and is now cranking out as much wine as beer! Call him “Captain Bligh!”
 
David Toups General Manager David joined us in early 2009 after years of brewing at home. He fit right into the team and soon became a favorite with staff & customers alike. He demonstrated his brewing prowess by winning Best of Show at the 2015 Bluebonnet Brew-Off (over 1,300 entries!). David is so awesome, we had to make him our General Manager in 2013! He beats a pretty mean set of drums, too!
 
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