Time from harvest to crush

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gmillercaz

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Hi - I am wondering if there is a rule of thumb out there in the community about how long grapes will stay until they get mashed into must? 2 days, 4 days? Should they be in a refrigerator to keep longer?

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Johny99

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Crush as soon as you can after picking. Grapes cease to ripen once picked and spoilage begins. I crush as soon as I haul them to the crush pad, well after coffee:h

If you have to wait, keep them cool. The worse condition, the less time you have before bad things happen.

One grower I've used in the past kept Merlot in a cooler for me for almost a week. They were high quality fruit, hand picked and fine when I picked them up.
 

Boatboy24

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My grapes are shipped from CA to VA and take at least five days, I'd guess. Add another day or two in the cooler at my supplier. I think they are refrigerated during shipping and each lug has a sulfite 'pad' on top of it.
 
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