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Buffman

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I'm making a Cellar Craft Old Vine Zinfandel 12L (with grapeskins). The instructions direct to either stir 2x daily or weigh down the grapeskins (in a muslin bag) to keep them wet. Because I'm lazy and don't want to risk infection, I don't really want to stir the mix. What can I use to hold the bag under the surface? What do you use?
 

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I haven't tried it but I've read that you could use sanitized marbles to weigh down the bag.
 

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I haven't tried it but I've read that you could use sanitized marbles to weigh down the bag.
In one of the forums, somebody said they used a heavy beer mug.

With the primaries that I use (11 US gallon approx), I can use a spoon to hold the bag. The lid snaps on and holds the spoon.

But usually I just put the skins in loose, and leave the sanitized spoon inside the primary. Then I stir whenever I want.

Steve
 

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