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rob

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I will be harvesting grapes this week-end for the first time and will attempt to make wine, we have discussed using a brute garbage can for the fermenter, I am not sure how much juice I will be getting and wanting to know if I use a 32 gal. can and only fill it to 20 gal. will that be a big issue with the head space while it ferments for a week, also can I cover with cheese cloth, these are white grapes.
 

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Head space isn't that big a deal for primary - you can use cheesecloth or a towel.
 

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I will be harvesting grapes this week-end for the first time and will attempt to make wine, we have discussed using a brute garbage can for the fermenter, I am not sure how much juice I will be getting and wanting to know if I use a 32 gal. can and only fill it to 20 gal. will that be a big issue with the head space while it ferments for a week, also can I cover with cheese cloth, these are white grapes.
I have a 32-gal Brute for primary, and I've filled it beyond 20-gal without any problems (with muscadines).
 

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