I am not sure if this is the correct area but I have a question on a recipe. For the blackberry recipe submitted by Tom It calls for 36# of blackberries for a 6 gal batch. I have that much but wonder with the 5 3/4 gals of water it would be much more than 6 gals. Does this recipe take into account the mass from the berries and actually how much will I end up with at the start? I made this last winter and did something wrong and just dumped out the 7 gals of juice I had going and do not want to mess this up again. I followed the recipe and had approx 9 gals of mix. Is there something wrong with my thinking here? I think it either had a disease/corruption or got yeast stressed from the brew belt high temp. This is the last of my berries in the freezer from last year I and I do not want to waste more. I have the berries thawing at this time and will be proceeding with this.