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Converting Recipes

Postby mikepellerin » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:07 am

Sorry if this has been asked before. I'm new to E-Z Caps, and I couldn't find the information on the Forum.

I have an old copy of "First Steps in Winemaking" by C.J.J. Berry that was passed down to me by my Uncle. It's an old 1950s Canadian version. It does have American conversions, but I'd like to know guidelines on how to convert regular brewing recipes to E-Z Caps versions for two liter brews.

Thank you, Mike.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby ezcaps » Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:22 am

If you can post an example recipe from the book I'd like to take a stab at the conversion.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby mikepellerin » Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:22 pm

Here is a recipe I'd like to convert:

Raspberry Wine

Raspberries 3 lb.
Sugar 2 & 1/2 lb.
Water 1 gallon
Yeast & nutrient

Bring water to a boil and pour it over fruit, then leave it to cool. Mash fruit well, then cover it closely and leave it for four days, stirring daily. Strain through two thick-nesses of muslin on to the sugar, and stir thoroughly to dissolve. Add a good wine yeast and stir well in. Leave for 24 hours, closely covered, in a warm place, the put the liquor into your fermentation vessel, and fit air-lock. Ferment it right out, and when it clears, siphon the wine off the lees into clean bottles.

Thanks, I figured I'd like try this recipe because I love all things raspberry. :D
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby ezcaps » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:07 am

Sorry for the delay in the response. I have made raspberry wine from fresh raspberries before and I was hoping to find my notes. Unfortunately, I did not find them.

What I did was after picking and rinsing the fresh raspberries, I poured some water on them and slowly brought it to a boil, then once boiling, reduced heat and let simmer for about 45 minutes. After it had cooled to room temperature I squeezed the juice out by squishing it through new pantyhose. Then I heated again and added and dissolved sugar. Once it was cooled I poured into 2 liter bottles, added yeast, and added the EZ Cap. After a few days, begin tasting and when it is the right sweetness, begin clarifying in the fridge following the general EZ Caps recipe.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby mikepellerin » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:47 am

Ah, so I guess a "rule of thumb" would be to prepare a recipe (say 1 gallon), then divide it into two, two-liter bottles. For a five gallon recipe I would divide it by 1/4ths, and buy more EZCaps.

On older recipes it will say to "add ingredients to primary" then after a time "add ingredients to fermenter". Am I adding the ingredient to a crock to soak, then adding them to the 2 liter bottle with yeast to then ferment out?

It would be great if you guys had a step-by-step conversion video just to give us some kind of idea.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby ezcaps » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:05 am

mikepellerin wrote:Ah, so I guess a "rule of thumb" would be to prepare a recipe (say 1 gallon), then divide it into two, two-liter bottles. For a five gallon recipe I would divide it by 1/4ths, and buy more EZCaps.

On older recipes it will say to "add ingredients to primary" then after a time "add ingredients to fermenter". Am I adding the ingredient to a crock to soak, then adding them to the 2 liter bottle with yeast to then ferment out?

It would be great if you guys had a step-by-step conversion video just to give us some kind of idea.


Yes, your rule of thumb is spot on.

EZ Caps are always a 1-step fermentation process. After the berry juice is cooked, sweetened, cooled, it should go directly into the 2 liter bottles, pitch the yeast, and then put on the EZ Cap and shake. I've always had great results using the 1-step EZ Cap process. I've had a lot of failed experiments using the buckets and pails.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby Boisson » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:38 am

How about a video that Mike mentioned? Did you guys make something like that since then? It would be great to visually see what you're talking about, especially to a beginner like me.
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Re: Converting Recipes

Postby rastoma » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:19 pm

I am going to be doing a video soon using just frozen juice concentrate. When blackberries are ripe here in about 3-4 weeks I'm going to attempt to do my first batch using fresh fruit and will document that on Youtube as well. At least I plan on it assuming I will be able to find blackberries to pick before they are all gone around here.
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