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Can I Use Grape Juice From The Grocery Store To Make Wine?

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Ed Kraus There have been 26 comment(s)

Welch's Grape Juice For Making WineHello Kraus,

I would like to know if wine can be made from 100% all natural grape juice in a can that you buy at your local grocery store if you use yeast and go through the process of wine making? Will the grape juice ferment?

Curtis

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Dear Curtis,

As a beginning winemaker, using Welch's grape juice is a great way to learn how to make your own wine. The resulting wine will not necessarily be prize-winning, but it will be well worth the effort.

The really neat part about it is you can make a few gallons of grape wine without having to worry about crushing the grapes and dealing with grape presses. You will still need, however, regular wine making materials such as wine yeast, yeast nutrient, wine tannin, etc.

You can use other brands besides Welch's. The main thing to remember is that the grape juice can not have any preservatives that would interfere with a fermentation. Examples of these would be: sodium bensoate or potassium sorbate. All of Welch's products are fine for fermentation.

Here's a basic recipe for making a gallon of Welch's grape wine. If you want to make 5 gallons, just times everything by 5, expect for the yeast. Each packet of yeast is good for 1 to 5 gallons of wine:

Wine Recipe
2- 64 oz. Welch's Grape Juice
1/2- lb. Cane Sugar
1- Package of Yeast (Red Star Montrachet)
1- Teaspoon Yeast Nutrient
3/4 - Teaspoon Acid Blend
1/8 - Teaspoon Grape Tannin

If you prefer, you can use Welch's Frozen Concentrate. Just reconstitute the concentrate with water as the directions from Welch's indicate. You can follow the 7 Easy Steps To Making Wine that are listed on our website. We also have other recipes you can use with these Easy Steps on our Wine Recipe Page.

I hope this information helps you out. If you have any other questions just let us know.

Happy Wine Making,
Customer Service
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Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.


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26 Responses to Can I Use Grape Juice From The Grocery Store To Make Wine?

  • William Tate
    William Tate says:

    I have made wine from Welche`s grape juice and It seem to be better , or at least for me , if you use some water instead of all juice , but thats just me .

    Posted on May 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

  • Terry Hinely
    Terry Hinely says:

    I've been making wine for over four years and when fresh fruit isn't available I use Welches frozen Concord or White grape juice and the wine is awesome. We also make a wine we call Grapple, it's 12 cans grape juice and 4 cans Senica 100% apple juice. We add enough water to make five gallons. It usually ends up around 12% alcohol with a full body favor. Everyone thinks it's great. We follow the recipe in your supply book and we have never had a problem.

    I would also like to thank you for your informational newsletters. They answer a lot of my questions.

    Posted on June 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  • Glen Smith
    Glen Smith says:

    I use consentrated Grape juice, for red and white wines. I use 2 gallons grape juice with three gallon of water and 10 lbs of sugar. I use the campten tablets (crushed) at the begining of fermentation, and potassium sulfate to stop fermentation from starting again when ready to bottle.

    Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

  • justin lemons
    justin lemons says:

    MR. Hinley, how much sugar did you use in the recipe you posted, if you don't mind me asking.

    thanks, justin

    Posted on July 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  • Greg Howard
    Greg Howard says:

    For 5 Gallons: I use 10 Large cans 100% grape juice Welches Concord, 6-1/2 pounds sugar, 1 package wine yeast, 5 teaspoons acid blend, 3-3/4 teaspoons pectic enzyme, 5 teaspoons nutrient. During the aging process I have used Amarican oak chips for the dry wine and it comes out great. For a sweet wine I do not use oak chips and I sweeten the wine up to 1.012 SG. I have taken first place in the red grape catagory in county competitions.

    Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  • myron
    myron says:

    Can the ph be ajusted on wines after fermentation is complete. Just wondering if this would take some of the harsh bite flavor from some wines.

    Posted on November 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

  • Customer Service
    Customer Service says:

    Myron, yes you can adjust the pH after the fermentation. Just be sure that the wine is degassed and void of any CO2 gas, as this can through off any pH readings you take.

    Posted on November 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

  • Barb Larie
    Barb Larie says:

    We just had 3 double size bottles of Strawberry blow their corks. My husband didn't realize they had begun to work again, and needless to say we had a mess to clean up in the kitchen. We put the rest of the unopened bottles, back into a carboy. I am thinking maybe we should just add some other fruit, and start another 5 gallon. But maybe we should just let it finish. He thought it was done, because it was beautiful, and clear, and so nice to taste. But after about a month in the bottles, it obviously was not finished. I have been making wine with the same recipe for 20 years, but have never had this problem before. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  • Dan Stote
    Dan Stote says:

    I first made wine using Welche's grape juice in 1961 under my dorm bed at Mt. Alison University in New Brunswick ,a totally dry residence. I have made wine from all sorts of fresh and vegetables and kits. You can make most wines better by using some fresh juice with tannin and never adding water. Naturally you have to manage the fermentation well. Even a Costco kit on sales can become a superior wine. Try elderberry or blueberry juice in the mix.

    Posted on November 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

  • Brian Pouncey
    Brian Pouncey says:

    I am getting a kit for my Christmas present. I really enjoy wines made with the muskadine grapes. Do you know of where I can order the grapes or the juice?

    Posted on November 25, 2012 at 5:24 am

  • Customer Service
    Customer Service says:

    Brian, we do not offer fresh grapes, but we do offer over 200 different grape concentrates specifically for making wine. You can find them at the following link: http://www.eckraus.com/wine-making/wine-making-juices/

    Posted on November 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

  • Customer Service
    Customer Service says:

    Barb, what you are doing to the wine now is the best way to go about handling this situation. Let the wine finish the fermenting, and then re-bottle. For future batches, the best thing you can do is purchase a wine hydrometer. This will allow you to know exactly where your fermentation stands before moving forward with bottling.

    Posted on November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  • Angie Lewis
    Angie Lewis says:

    I just bought a wine making kit. Any good suggestions for making wine for the first time for a newbie??

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 6:07 am

  • Customer Service
    Customer Service says:

    Angie, the best advice I could give you is to go over the article, "The Top Ten Reasons For Fermenation Failure" that is listed on our website. By know about these 10 potholes you will be able to avoid them. http://www.eckraus.com/wine-making-failure/

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

  • Dish
    Dish says:

    How & when do you degass the wine in a 5 gallon carboy

    Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  • ALVIN KOCHER
    ALVIN KOCHER says:

    l would like to make a red sweet wine with alcohol around 12% using a consentrate grape juice or mixure. Can somebody recommend. Thank you

    Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  • customer Service
    customer Service says:

    Dish, you normally want to degas the wine after the wine has completely cleared and has been racked (siphoned) off the sediment. The simplest way to do this is with a degassing paddle, but you can do it through agitation then the addition of Campden tablets. The sulfur from the Campden will help to drive the CO2 gas from the wine.



    Degassin/Mixing Paddle:

    http://www.eckraus.com/de-gassing-mixing-paddle.html

    Posted on February 15, 2013 at 6:25 am

  • customer service
    customer service says:

    Alvin, you can use the wine recipe above to make the wine. If you have a concentrate just reconstitute it as directed on the package it came in. To get to 12% alcohol you need to use the "Potential Alcohol" scale on a wine hydrometer. The more sugar you add before fermentation, the more alcohol you will end up after fermentation. There are limits to this depending on high the wine yeast can ferment. The wine will end up dry initially. You will need to add sugar to sweeten it, just before bottling. It is important that you also add Campden tablets and Potassium Sorbate or a re-fermentation could occur in your wine bottles. For more info on this you might want to take a look a the following article on our website:



    "Making Sweet Wines"

    http://www.eckraus.com/wine-making-sweet/



    Wine Hydrometer:

    http://www.eckraus.com/triple-scale-hydrometer.html



    Campden Tablets:

    http://www.eckraus.com/campden-tablets-100.html



    Potassium Sorbate (Wine Stabilizer)

    http://www.eckraus.com/3-oz-wine-stabilizer.html

    Posted on February 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

  • joey feb.19
    joey feb.19 says:

    I just startd my own batch of store bought grape juice 64oz/1.89litres.

    I put in a fast actiny yeast pk n took out. A cup of juice then put in a cup of sugar am I doing this rite??

    Posted on February 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  • Bob Wangen
    Bob Wangen says:

    I just wanted to make one gallon of wine and the Welch's Grape Juice Recipe worked great. I'll be doing this one again!

    Posted on March 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

  • Alan F. Harper
    Alan F. Harper says:

    I use Welch's Grape Juice to Top Off after I Rack . I never add water. My wine has always had a rich flavor.

    Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  • Dan Stote
    Dan Stote says:

    Glad to see your comments on wine from Welch's grape juice! I first did this in 1960 under my bed at a dry University residence. My wine making has advanced a great deal since then. However I still make a little Welch's grape juice wine to use for top -up when making full bodied red table wine. Were I live no one has made a excellent red wine from grapes grown in this location. There is not enough heat in Oct.. Elderberries and blueberries make fair good wine. This is especially true when blended with something like red currant wine to add a little character. Elderberries have special health benefits and we all know about blueberries.

    Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  • chuck hummel
    chuck hummel says:

    dear Ed, I started a batch with the welchs 100% concord juice. I mistakenly used lalvin D-47 yeast which is intended for white wines. what will the outcome be? thanks for the info.

    Posted on May 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  • Customer Service
    Customer Service says:

    Chuck, many people will not notice anything because the difference is somewhat subtle. But the wine will taste a little more crisp and clean... a little less berry and a little more tropical fruit.

    Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:57 am

  • Ken Nelson
    Ken Nelson says:

    For Greg Howard posted 9/4/2012, you say you use 3-3/4 teaspoons pectic enzyme in 5 gallons. As I read the instructions on this website for pectic enzyme, the recommended usage is 1/8 teaspoon per gallon. Can you clarify (no pun intended) the huge difference in amount added?

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

  • doug reynolds
    doug reynolds says:

    hi folks, I've been making wine from frozen concentrates doe decades, so easy and so good. Welches white grape peach and white grape raspberry with a little peach or raspberry flavoring mixed in prior to bottling. outstanding and so easy! I like sweet wine so I use 14 cans of juice, 8 pounds of sugar, and the other ingredients mentioned above.

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:56 am

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