Hit 20 Brix yesterday, time to cut watering?

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v8rx7guy

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I'm in year 3 with my Regent grapes in NW washington. I have been monitoring the brix through the month of August, just hit 20 yesterday, I'm using ghetto pH strips and I think I'm somewhere around 3.3-3.4. I am shooting for 24 brix and a pH of 3.5 before harvest. I often hear wine grape growers talking about cutting the water prior to harvest. What exactly is the purpose of this? I am assuming that it lowers the water content of the grapes thus increasing the brix? How does cutting the watering affect total acids & pH?
 

mgmarty

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It's a science and a guess. Keep very close records this year, and the next. In a few years you wil know what works best for you. Every thing is relative, crop size, weather, when you harvest. Have fun!
 
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