Okay, glad I asked. I did not think of putting wrap on the cap to keep the cap from drying out. Like a variable capacity tankI'm sure you'll be fine until pressing, you may smell some acetaldehyde( rotten apple), but don't be alarmed, just gently push down on the cap to get some wine to flow on top to keep it wet. A little acetaldehyde is good for young red wine, the color and tannin will react and bind the acetaldehyde which forms on the cap surface. A piece of 6mil poly placed directly on the cap helps if you get nervous, but shouldn't be needed for this short time.
Water additions aren’t really scary I work at a winery and due to the brix we have to add 100 gallons of water to our white wine this year.View attachment 79053
The wines race toward the finish line. It is time to reserve a bladder press.
The merlot is tasty but softer than the cabs, even after the acid addition. I think the merlot will blend well with the low-brix cab.
Water addition has not harmed the flavor of the wines, in my opinion. Time will tell how they change in a year.
@Nebbiolo020 i hope you give a lot of little tidbits like this. My hunch is that there are “ in the instruction book” rules which get broken all the time when one is looking at commercial folks ,,, and why would that choice give the best quality out of three possible directions,Water additions aren’t really scary I work at a winery and due to the brix we have to add 100 gallons of water to our white wine this year.
I will try to add some helpful information if it can be applied to home winemaking. A lot of commercial winemaking involves trial and error we screw up as well and look for creative new ways to solve problems so I can tell you that we do break supposed rules all the time.
The overpressure safety valve on mine opens at 2.5 so 3 is not a thing.Here's my question though, at what point to you consider the bar? If you take it gradually to 2 or 1 1/2 the pressure goes down once the grapes relax. Do you press until the 1 1/2 bar remains constant?
Sorry, but still unclear. If I stop the water at 1.5 it will immediately start dropping. If I stop it at 2 it might drop and stop at 1.5. This will be my second using it so I'm still learning.The overpressure safety valve on mine opens at 2.5 so 3 is not a thing.
You can sort of tell. If you open the inlet and it immediately gets to 1.5 and no juice comes out, you're done. I rarely go above 1 and don't get much more going to higher pressures.