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chopin

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Hello everybody
Wishing you well

It's my first post here. I have to say that I am a great wine lover
and also very amator in making it.

Anyway, I had this first question.
LAst time (some days ago) I made wine, I got lazy and I crushed the grapes with a fruit mixer. But when I was talking with a friend of mine he told that's not good. But he couldn't tell me why the fruit mixer for crushing grapes was a mistake. So I would like to know your opinion about this.
Does it really count how you crush grapes and if so which is the best method?

Thanks and all the best
 

smurfe

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Welcome aboard. One of the biggest reasons you don't use a mixer is it will chop the seeds and place very bitter tannins in the wine. Also if you are making a red wine the pulverized skins will fall to the bottom of the fermenter and hinder color extraction.
 

chopin

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Thank you, Smurfe
Now I see. Do you think I can still drink it?
Would you tell me any other method appart from crushing it with feet or just hands?

Thanks again
 

1st Timer

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Good question, I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago on a 3 gallon batch of Scuppernong and was wandering if it would be OK to drink.

Learning the hard way!!!
 

chopin

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Hello 1ST tIMER

Well, I think I will drink it.
This crushing thing is my weak point.
Last year I crushed it with hands and it was tiresome.
I don't know why but I can't crush grapes with feet.
Anyway, I would like to hear how your wine did go.
 

Leanne

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Taste it and see! The taste test is always the ultimate one isn't it? :b
 

1st Timer

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I test drove the wine last night and it did not have an off taste. I think it will be OK, time will tell.

Thanks for the quick response!
 

chopin

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I am glad 1st Timer
I will taste mine on Sunday.
Let's see....
 
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