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Crashlaz

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i am currently gearing up to make my first batch of wine, elderberry wine. i have a 5 gallon food grade bucket to cold soak berries and to begin process then was going to move to a 5 gallon carboy, but i will be making about 3 gallons of wine. so do i need to have a smaller bucket and carboy? i have read that you want your wine about an inch below the stopper/airlock of carboy is this correct? need some details thanks!!
 

Minnesotamaker

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Personally I think you're going to be fighting an uphill battle. Why not consider making a 5 gallon batch. If you don't have enough elderberries, consider making a blend. I find that elderberries blend very well with wine grapes.
 

Julie

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the bucket is fine but you will need a smaller carboy.
 
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