A couple folks have already mentioned these items separately, but to
reinforce and to add;
* pH is only one part of the acid story. The other parts are the
actual volume of acid (which you measure by titration) and what the
acids are (paper chromotography test). Point being - trust your palate
more than just a pH meter - if it is too acid, it is. * You could
reduce acidity with some additives, such as potassium bicarbonate. But
bench trial that first to be sure you actually like the result. * You
could blend the pomegranate with some other low acid wine.
* You could, as you've done, dilute the win but that usually ends with
just that; dilute wine with a lot of other things out of balance
(flavor, color, ***). * You culd also sweeten the wine. I made a
dessert pomegranate wine last year. Like you, I had previously
discovered that it is extremely tart. So this last year I added more
sugar than my target *** indicated. I stopped fermentation with
about 5 or 6 % residual sugar. The result is a lively dessert wine
that is still bottle aging.
Good luck. If you make more batches of fruit wine, I recommend
investing in a small acid titration kit.
> I a struggling with this PH thing.
> I do not make wine from grapes because grapes don't grow here
> inAlaska and it costs a small fortune to have them shipped in.
> I am comfortable adjusting acidity in light wines using an acid test
> kit. I bought a PH meter to help with SO adjustments and acid
> adjustments in darker wines. I tested a wine made from Pomegranate
> Juice today The PH is 3.4 but the wine is so acid that it is
> undrinkable. As I understand from reading 3.4 is a pretty darn good
> PH. The wine needs to have about one third of it volume of H2O added
> to bring the acidity down (determined by taste) but that will have
> amajor effect on PH.
> So What should I look for with fruit/veggie wines? Is a PH meter
> a useful tool? Where can I find references that discuss other
> thangrape wines?
> A. J.
> Anchorage, Alaska, USA
> The Anchorage Fishwrapper and Litterbox Liner Press
I'm using an evaluation license of nemo since 36 days.
You should really try it!