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myakkagldwngr

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I'm thinking of checking with our local winery. They are only about ten miles away and I understand they have u-pick grapes.
What do you do when you don't have a grape press?
I was thinking of letting my 2 grandsons do the ole foot in the tub method.
If anything it would give them a great memory.
 

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You could take a bucket and drill many holes in the bottom and sides and cut a board that fits inside and press on that. Im pretty sure Luc has a little tutorial on his blog.
 

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Good morning Wade. That was a quick response.
That would be simple enough. I just have to check today to see what they have available and how much.
I tried to go to their website, but everybody wants to have fancy pages with photos and videos.
Dial up just doesn't agree with it!
 

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Sorry, still have not come around to it.
Other things come up all the time.....

How about freezing (if you have a large
enough freezer).
That helps to break the skins and let the juice flow
without a lot of effort.

Luc
 

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I guess it's a moot point right now anyway. Seems the locaL winery hasn't got any more u-pick grapes available.
Still it gives me information for when they do.
Thanks
 

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Might ask the winery if they will press them for you. Since your not in wine country, I doubt you'll find and rentals in your area. I am guessing these are Muscadines? If so, freeze them like Luc said for a couple weeks. Then thaw them and put them in large ziploc bags and take the rolling pin to them. If it is indeed Muscadine's, I wouldn't do the foot smash as they are very acidic and could burn the feet. I guess if you put the feet in plastic bags though it would work great.
 

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Yeah, I wouldn't want to burn the little guys feet!
The winery is out of U-pick so for now it doesn't matter. But never pass up the chance to make a memory that out lasts you!
I've had my oldest out on the back porch making rocket fuel! There will come a day when I'm gone and he's talking to his grandchildren and that will be something they won't believe.
 

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Pressing is usually done after the fermentation so thats not usually an option unless you want to drag your wine down there to do that!
 
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Sorry, still have not come around to it.
Other things come up all the time.....

How about freezing (if you have a large
enough freezer).
That helps to break the skins and let the juice flow
without a lot of effort.

Luc
agreed. this is a good method for getting juice out of softer fruit. the yeast will help the process in the primary.
 

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