Just started the Fiero tonight. I know it will be messy later, but I always have better results when I let the skins and oak chips swim free. My SG was 1.097. I'm going to let it cold soak for 12 hours and pitch BM4x4 with some Opti Red Tannin tomorrow. Following my normal pattern of no Sorbate/Clearing agents and a 1 year secondary in glass, I'm really excited for this kit.
After 12 hours cold soak, SG was 1.103. Added 8 gr Opti Red Tannin and pitched BM4x4. Open bucket fermentation with a large dish towel and BBQ grate to cover. Used 8 gr Fermaid K at 1/3 sugar break. Punched down skins and 5 mins of stirring 3 times a day. This morning SG was 1.010. This evening moved from bucket to 6 gal Better Bottle. And it was messy! Moved everything and will try an 4-6 week extended maceration (first time).