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Old 08-12-2017, 01:55 AM   #11
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Since I mostly only make white wine, after crushing, I press.

No wine for me while still using tools. But I do drink the free run juice coming off the press (and set aside a few liters that go into the fridge for drinking over the next few days).

Side note on sulfite: I have experimented a lot. I have tried none and then either a spontaneous fermentation or immediately adding commercial yeast. For my only red wine the results were similar with different treatments. But for my white wines the results can be very different with sulfite versus without sulfite plus the cocktail of yeasts and bacteria in the must. The differing results are not bad, just different (but chance of wine faults from fermentation was higher without sulfite). And that difference can vary between different grape varieties. For example, I like my Pinot Gris crisp and fruity, which I have found is not possible to my taste and with my grapes without first applying some sulfite and using commercial yeast.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:01 AM   #12
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I've been letting the 40-50 grape temps at purchase act as my protection. By the time it's warmed up enough for wild yeast and bacteria, Im pitching my commercial yeast. (Just the way I was taught). But I am still learning. And scared to mess with future MLF which will now be done on all batches.
Spring grapes packaged with sulphite pads already registered 45ppm free so2 after crush. But if 0 ppm I guess it wouldn't hurt to make a small addition 20-40 free ppm as insurance.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:52 PM   #13
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Glass of wine went to another glass of wine. I have purple hands and have to pick again tomorrow Cayuga whites will start pre dawn before the heat is an issue. Sulfite has been added.

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