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Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:54 am

Ok, this is the first year I have grapes to make wine with. I picked them last night and seperated the stems and bad clusters and such. They are sitting in a fridge in a sanitized bucket at 35 degrees. I can't get my yeast until tomorrow along with my acid test kit and such.

Will I be ok?

Should I go ahead and press the grapes tonight and the sulphite to the juice then do the acid test tomorrow and add the yeast or is that too long?
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby shane » Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:06 pm

what happened? i always leave the crushed fruit at 55F for 2-3 days before adding yeast.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:07 am

Well, it looks like it formed a pelicle that last time I checked. :x

I tasted it, it didn't seem infected but we will see. I have racked it a couple times now and the next time I will add the sorbate.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby usmcruz » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:07 am

Destem, crush, sulphite, 3 day maceration at fridge temp, acid test.and adjustment, yeast!
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby usmcruz » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:11 am

I forgot to say that the amount of time you macerate will determine the color of the wine your shooting for if using red grapes. Ferment on the skins of white grapes if you want a stronger bodied wine.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby Brewtime » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:17 am

usmcruz wrote:I forgot to say that the amount of time you macerate will determine the color of the wine your shooting for if using red grapes. Ferment on the skins of white grapes if you want a stronger bodied wine.



way to resurect an old thread there skippy :P
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:20 am

I think a spammer did and I deleted his post, but after Cruz posted.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby Brewtime » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:53 am

BrewBum wrote:I think a spammer did and I deleted his post, but after Cruz posted.


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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby thetooth » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:39 am

Now that the thread has been resurrected... how is the wine coming along, Nate? I hope to make some wine from grapes someday. I'm still making kits and fruit wines from pre-pressed juices.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:44 am

It actually has turned out ok. I think I don't like the grapes I planted because, other then a few times prior to planting I have not liked many of the wines made from this grape. Oh well.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby thetooth » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:51 am

Bummer... what grape varietal did you plant?
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:15 pm

Probably nothing you know. We can't grow viniafer around here so we have to grow hybrids. Mine is called Frontenac, it is supposed to be similar to Merlot and in the couple cases early on I tried I thought it did have a Merlot similiarity. I still think it does but the negative aromas it produces of paint thinner are not good. I know this isn't entirely a fermentation issue because I have tasted several from others and commercial ones and they have the hint of paint thinner in the aroma as well.

As you can imagine that aroma is hard to get over when you drink the wine. If you plug your nose it isn't bad. :lol:

It is faint, and the wine is drinkable and somewhat enjoyable but not to my liking. I will try again, maybe change fermentation temp, may add oak to cover or mask it. We will see.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby thetooth » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:18 pm

Wow... that's unfortunate to find out after going through all the trouble growing the grapes. Hopefully the oak will help.
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Re: Picked Grapes

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:51 pm

Not a big deal, only two vines and they look nice and didn't cost anything. It only makes a bottle and a half of wine, so it isn't like I am losing out that much.
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Re: Re: Picked Grapes

Postby usmcruz » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:08 am

Brewtime wrote:way to resurect an old thread there skippy :P


everybody is so quick to blame the puertorican!! :lol:
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