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Old 07-30-2017, 06:59 PM   #11
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Some good points and things to consider in that list Scooter68, I appreciate it! Waffling now between sticking with the one gallon, or getting some more sour cherries from the store (sale on now) and doing 3 instead.

 
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:23 PM   #12
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You might find some Tart Cherry concentrate. Most run about 16 oz to make 1 gallon of drink. I use them but I use 4 bottles for 3 gallons and next time I may push that to 5 to pump up the flavor. (Using only the concentrate)

I started with 1 gallon batches for the first year and then pushed into 2 and 3 gallon batches using 2 or 3 of the 4 liter carboys (Actually empty 4 liter "Carlo Rossi" Wine bottles) bump the pounds per/gallon up about 1/2 to 1 lb and that extra volume is well covered.

Good luck and keep us posted on the progress!
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:17 PM   #13
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Added yeast to both wines this morning @ 8:30. Blueberry has activity already, cherry is still quiet.

Cherry:
pH: 3.57
sg 1.080
Montrachet

Blueberry:
pH 3.48
sg 1.090
71b

 
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:53 PM   #14
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Added yeast to both wines this morning @ 8:30. Blueberry has activity already, cherry is still quiet. 71b
For me Blueberry has always been a fast fermenter. My first batch scared me - start to finish in 4 days 14% and dry to .990. I thought something was wrong but nope - just fast to the finish line.

Sounds great and keep us posted on the Cherry too.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:15 AM   #15
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Cherry must is now very very vigorous, going to take temp and possibly need to cool down.

 
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:02 PM   #16
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Never seen anything foam quite like the cherry must is. It's 10 gl of volume in a 40gl container, so no chance of overflowing, but quite frothy. I haven't used Montrachet yeast in a very long time, don't recall it being like this when I did use it. Smells good so far.

 
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:34 PM   #17
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This morning the cherry was 1.010 and the blueberry 1.030 at 6 days out. All is looking good.

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Old 08-10-2017, 04:39 PM   #18
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Cherry wine is in secondary and looking good, pressed last Sunday. Ended up with 8+ gallons. Last 5 days looks like another gallon will be lost with the amount of lees that has dropped off.

Blueberry down to .998 today, going to press it tomorrow.

Photos of cherry wine from last Sunday:
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:57 AM   #19
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Pressed the blueberry this morning. Ended up with about 8 gallons.

Here is the cherry after 5 days in secondary:
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:07 AM   #20
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Tasted the cherry today, not too hot, not too tart, nice flavor, but a little light on body. I'll have 7+ gallons after I eventually rack off lees, thinking of back-sweetening a gallon. Leaving a gallon alone and then light oaking the remaining 5 gallons and bulk age.
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