Welchs Grape Juice

Is Welch’s grape juice without hashacha permitted?



Aren’t grape juices usually an issue?

They certainly can be. Welch’s was researched and it’s ok.

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What specifically is ok about it?

Its Mevushal, and additionally (very importantly) never comes in contact with the non Jewish employee prior to reaching its mevushal status.

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If I may add, Dr. Welch was a religious tee-teetotaler. He wanted to produce something for sacrament that was free of alcohol. grapes commence fermentation as soon as the skins are broken, the crush. To avoid even the beginning of fermentation, Dr.Welch discovered that by pasteurising the grapes whole, it killed the yeast, and then the grapes were crushed. In other words mevushal in the skins. The juice is pasteurised again a few times. The grape juice production is 100% automated, including dropping the grapes into the hopper prior to cooking.

Cool :+1:

My understanding is that all US grape production is made this way. Including Kedem, that insist they have a non-mevushal variety. Impossible. pasteurising juices is governed by strict FDA regs. Min 160 degrees for several seconds, and shorter period at higher temps… The OU or whomever supervises Kedem say it has to be 180 to be mevushal or something like that. Ergo, Kedem’s 1,5 litre is non-mevushal. What temperature does Rabbi Abadi say grape juice/ wine becomes mevushal?

Everything gets pasteurized. The issue halachically is being sure that the pasteurization occurs before coming in contact with any human. Even taking a sample with a probe can be a problem. With Welch’s we know it’s OK. Others, we don’t know.

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Sorry to repeat, but at what temperature does Rabbi Abadi consider is enough for mevushal?

Sorry. Not sure of an exact temp. Don’t recall the Rabbi giving a number. If anyone else heard, please post…