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agentgimpy

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Hi... it's my first time picking up fresh grapes. I trying to figure out how many pails I'll need to to transport the must home. Is there an approximate lugs per pail equation?

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Dave
 

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one 5 gallon pail should hold about 15 lbs of grapes. normally a lug is 35 -36 lbs. it takes 12-15 lbs. for one gallon of finished wine. there are the basics do the math
 

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one 5 gallon pail should hold about 15 lbs of grapes. normally a lug is 35 -36 lbs. it takes 12-15 lbs. for one gallon of finished wine. there are the basics do the math
He’s getting asking about Crushed grape volume for pickup containers. Not finished wine.

Not exact science since diff grapes will vary. But x1 lug takes up about ~3.5gal of must.
Or another way is:
Grape lbs divided by 10 = gal of must


So your 540lbs = ~54gal must.

x11 pails theoretically.
But with 5gal pails I’d just do 1 pail per lug to keep it simple and easy to move around. Can always condense if needed.
 

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He’s getting asking about Crushed grape volume for pickup containers. Not finished wine.

Not exact science since diff grapes will vary. But x1 lug takes up about ~3.5gal of must.
Or another way is:
Grape lbs divided by 10 = gal of must


So your 540lbs = ~54gal must.

x11 pails theoretically.
But with 5gal pails I’d just do 1 pail per lug to keep it simple and easy to move around. Can always condense if needed.
Thanks for your reply. This gives me a rough idea of how many pails and space I'll need to transport.
 

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I hope I was saying that 12-15lbs of uncrushed grapes is required to have one gallon of finished wine. I was hoping I was giving some options on how many lbs. of grapes he requires to make the amount of wine he desires.
 

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I just destemmed and crushed my grapes this year and I can say that a 36 lbs lug of grapes fills 2/3 to 3/4 of a 6 gal pail, depending on the varietal.
 

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I just finished crushing 150 lbs of Viognier and it filled 3 six gallon buckets to the top. Which comes to 8.33 lbs/gallon. My guess would be 13 - 15 five gallon buckets.
 

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I concur with "take more than you need". Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it .....
 

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