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selbynina

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Going into my second season making wine, I have a couple of questions. I need to purchase a 10gallon fermenter. Besides the brew store (expensive) are there other places to purchase large, food grade plastic buckets? Also, do I need to use a cover? When the grapes are in the fermenter, what kind of cover do I need to have over the top? Will a sheet or blanket do? One more, is my sulfite still good from last year or will I need to buy fresh? Thanks!
 

Sacalait

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You can usually find 5gal buckets for the asking, check with some of the pastry shops. Instead of one 10gal bucket at $10 use two 5's for free. A clean cloth cover will work very well...forget the sealing top.

Take a good close sniff of the sulfite, if it burns your nose it's good.
 

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Covering your fermentation vessels is a good idea. It helps to keep out unwanted fruit flies and other debris from possible getting into the wine. Sulfite from last year should be fine, I would not recommend taking a strong whif of the powder. If you stored the sulfite in a sealed container or bag you will be fine.
 
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