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Once Upon Grapes

Once upon a time there were some grapes. They were great grapes, meticulously harvested, selected and packaged, for my basement! I’m going to share the process, this is after-all an experiment, and a tasty one at that.

First things first, getting the precious grapes to the basement, and once there into food grade polymer barrels (filled just over half way, grapes will rise during fermentation). Cheese cloth works great to cover the tops, and to keep the food flies from getting any ideas.

The following pictures show the grapes already in fermentation, with the skins rising to the top of the juice. For about five days, multiple times daily, you use a tool (as shown) to ‘push’ the cap down, and mix everything together. The grapes are Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%), and they smell awesome.

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