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Poor Man's Champagne

Poor Man's Champagne

Poor Man’s Champagne -Cheap Sparkling White Wine from JUICE

Poor Man’s Champagne, what does that even mean? Well, it’s just fun words really. We did use a cheap white grape juice (it had ites and ates in it), and we made a sparkling white wine… ala champagne. But! We can’t call it champagne, as we’re not using champagne grapes and we’re not in the champagne region of France, so… it’s “champagne adjacent”, or a “champagne like product”. Anyway, in reality, it’s a super easy sparkling white wine and relatively cheap to make too.

Poor Man’s Champagne


1.5 Gallon (5.678 Liters) White Grape Juice

6 ounces (0.177 Liters) Black Tea (1 teabag steeped 4 minutes)

1/2 package Lalvin 71B Yeast: https://amzn.to/43uAyb8

4 teaspoons Potassium Bicarbonate: https://amzn.to/3x9dIKi


42 grams Sugar

Lalvin EC-1118 Yeast: https://amzn.to/3VAgAtJ

Tools We Use:

*New Favorite!* 5 Liter Fermenter (comes with basket too): https://amzn.to/49pbtQB

Our Favorite Pitcher: https://amzn.to/49aS05Y

1 Gallon Carboy with Airlock: https://amzn.to/43AyvlZ

pH Strips: https://amzn.to/43xC1h5

Pipette: https://amzn.to/4arRFg9

Stirring Paddle: https://amzn.to/3TuAR1a

Stainless Steel Funnel: https://amzn.to/3IQMieJ

Thumb Saver Bung: https://amzn.to/3Vw1SUr

Star San: https://amzn.to/4cw4mZm

Hydrometer Kit: https://amzn.to/43w7vnE

Baster: https://amzn.to/43uHwNy

Airlock: https://amzn.to/3IPnjZ9

1/2 Baking Sheet: https://amzn.to/3Pww8ec

Auto Siphon: https://amzn.to/498xRgI

1 Gallon Wide Mouth Fermenter: https://amzn.to/3xg0ECI

Mini Digital Scale: https://amzn.to/3PBzm06

Bottling Wand: https://amzn.to/3TMUH9m

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