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Recipe Help

Hey all, I am looking into making my first batch of wine and some questions. I have been brewing beer for about a year now and learned that my great grandparents made wine from concord grapes. I would like to make concord grape wine similar to their recipe.

I have found the following article/recipe on WineMaking Mag: ... etal-focus

The recipe calls for pectic enzyme liquid, campden tablets, and sparkolloid. However, all the winemaking videos I have watched include bentonite, potassium metabisulfite, and potassium sorbate.

Is there a reason why these ingredients are not included in the concord recipe? Are they needed, or would it make a better wine if they are included?

Also note, I will be using juice concentrate, as I do not have the equipment to crush grapes.


Campden is a tablet form of potassium metabisulfite. Both Bentonite and Sparkolloid are clarifiers. Potassium sorbate also known as “stabilizer” is used when you want to backsweeten a wine.

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