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About how many gallons would 75 lbs of crushed grapes be?

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LarryW

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Trying to decided what size primary to get for x lbs of grapes.
eg: 75 or 150 or 200 lbs.
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Larry
 

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Very true. Be sure to check what variety you'll be using and other factors will affect it too but for the purposes of buying a fermenter it's a decent guideline.
 

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Does that mean 150 lbs of crushed grapes would take up about 10 gallons of primary space?
 

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Does that mean 150 lbs of crushed grapes would take up about 10 gallons of primary space?
No. You can get a gallon of finished wine from 12-20 pounds of grapes. If you are doing a white, expect more grapes per gallon and since you press immediately before ferment it will take less primary space than the reds will that are fermented with the skins. I would figure double what your final gallonage will be to allow for headspace for cap rise in the reds. For 150 pounds, get a 20 gallon fermenter. It really is a bit of trial and error until you get the whole process down. Each variety will vary a bit.
 

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No. You can get a gallon of finished wine from 12-20 pounds of grapes. If you are doing a white, expect more grapes per gallon and since you press immediately before ferment it will take less primary space than the reds will that are fermented with the skins. I would figure double what your final gallonage will be to allow for headspace for cap rise in the reds. For 150 pounds, get a 20 gallon fermenter. It really is a bit of trial and error until you get the whole process down. Each variety will vary a bit.
Thanks grapeman, that answered my question:b

Larry
 
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