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Drifter379

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Hello. I am very new to this. As a matter of fact I'm going to buy a wine making kit tomorrow morning and picking grapes tomorrow afternoon.

I am going to purchas a 6 gallon kit. I had posted a link but it appears I can not post links until I have 5 posts.

I planed on using muscadine grapes but am going with mustang grapes. A actually believe they are the same thing.

So my first question is what is the best way to crush the grapes without a press?

I look foward to all the help and advice I can get as I start on this journey.
 

winemaker_3352

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I did this for years - i used a piece of 1x2 about 6' long - and then took a section of 2x4 about 1' long.

I also put screws into the 2x4 where they came out the bottom to help puncture the grape skins.

Then - Nailed the 2x4 to the bottom of the 1x2 (looks like a T when done).


And a lot of elbow grease - i recently bought a used crusher off craigslist for $50 - much, much easier.

Watch amazon - they have a weston press that gets pretty cheap sometimes - i got mine for $85 + free shipping.
 

JasonH

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Hello and welcome. Don't be afraid to get your feet wet and stomp 'em down!
 

countrygirl

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welcome hill country...can't wait to hear about your grapes!
 

UglyBhamGuy

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Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia)
Mustang Grapes (Vitis mustangensis)

While both are Native grapes and some of their ranges overlap, they are not the same.
 

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