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We recommend NO MORE than a 15% use of water with hybrids and 0-10% with Vinifera. American varieties have more flavors and can tolerate a higher use of water. Some years Catawba can be used with equal parts of water to cut the acid and yes, it will be thinner in body, but still have the flavor of that variety.
In 2009 we added 25% to Traminette! Taste test. 2009 was a year for us to remember as growers and winemaking was a challenge well meant.
Total acidity is expressed as a % tartaric acid
TA = % tartaric acid
If the original TA is 1.15% and you desire to ameliorate (to add water) to reduce the TA to .75%, use the following equations:
1.15% of 128 oz (one gallon) = .75% of X
.0115 x (times) 128 = .0075X
1.472 = .0075X
196.267 = X
196 oz is the desired total volume
If you are ameliorating a Catawba, Niagara, or other flavorful varieties this volume of water would probably be ok.
We recommend NO MORE than a 15% use of water with hybrids and 0-10% with Vinifera.
Do taste trials. We ameliorated a 2009 Traminette with 25% water, in spite of our recommendations. It still had enough acid to balance a sweet finish.