Just to clarify a few things.
The grapes were fresh 2011 chilean merlot grapes that had been crushed and destemed the night before and put into a freezer/fridge (it was 42* when i got home, which is far too cold for the yeast)
As far as bulk aging.. What i meant with my post is i should bulk age in a carboy after i get the oak flavor i want (which would be after 2ndary) correct? We dont mind sitting on this for 6 months to a year if we have to.
ps. Thanks for all the help guys! I can't wait to get my press into the building process (this batch is gonna be hand pressed ugh) and definatly cant wait till the fall harvest. I am a draftsman and plan to post my 2d plans on here once i finish tweaking the design. We are thinking up names for our wines as we are splitting each batch. I am in the process of learning still, and i am passing on everything ive found so far to my brewing partner.
And just as a bit more background on how far i have intended to go with this. For the past 2 years i had my own house but i knew it wasnt my "forever home", so i didnt plant any grapes. I just sold my house on march 1st and have been living back at home with my fiance in my parents basement looking for a new place. We are trying to find a house with more land (2-3+ acres) so that we can do a vineyard and some fruit trees. If me and my brewing partner get good enough at this we will be looking at buying a distribution license, as we know alot of people who already want to by our beer. I know its really early to talk to about this kind of stuff, but it has been something that i have been wanting to do for the past 2 years, but was limited by land and a few other circumstances. There are a few local vineyard in my area that i have visited and put my name in as a volunteer. There's a large demand for grapes where i live so if i cant make all my future harvests into wine, i can certainly sell the grapes. This is a big step for me, i'm just excited.. that's all im trying to say. I appreciate the advise and look forward to being able to help the newbies like me in the future.
Last edited by gush; 05-18-2011 at 11:48 PM.