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Wine Making Spring 2008

Spring Time Red Wine Making with Grape Juice from Chile using 7 six Gallon Buckets of Various Kinds for a Total of 42 Gallons.

This album explains the intiial process of "SetUp"

42 Gallons of Juice from the following varieties from Chile:
1. 12 Gallons of Merlot
2. 12 Gallons of Barbera
3. 6 Gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon
4. 6 Gallons of Malbec
5. 6 Gallons of Syrah

If you have questions on Wine Making you can reach me with a comment or GaryGS1@yahoo.com
Cheers!!! Gary

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Here is "Gino" of Gino Pinto Wholesale Produce in Hammonton, Nj where I buy my Juice for Wine Making.
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"Gino's" for Wine Making Products.
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"Gino's" for Wine Making Products.
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Here is my back deck where I have just gotten the 8 Demijohns washed and ready for filling with Grape Juice from Chile.
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Here is my back deck where I have ju…
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The Grape Juice comes in 6 gallon plastic buckets and is kept refrigerated until put into the demijohns.
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The Grape Juice comes in 6 gallon pl…
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Each bucket will go in front of the corresponding demijohn so that I can keep it organized and labeled correctly.
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Clean Interior of Demijohns and Grape Juice Buckets ready to go.
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Clean Interior of Demijohns and Grap…
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Rinsing the exterior of the Demijohns.
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Rinsing the exterior of the Demijohn…
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Getting Ready for final hose off...
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Getting Ready for final hose off...
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Rinsing the Demijohns.
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Rinsing the Demijohns.
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Washing off any dust or debris from the Grape Juice Bucket lids to prevent contamination.
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The 6 Gallon Grape Juice Buckets have a seal that has to be cut and pulled off.
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The 6 Gallon Grape Juice Buckets have a seal that has to be cut and pulled off.
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Exposed Grape Juice from Merlot Grapes ready for pouring into the first Demijohn.
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Pure Refrigerated Grape Juice from Chilean Merlot Grapes!!!
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Pure Refrigerated Grape Juice from C…
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Merlot
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Merlot
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Grape Juice is Transferred to Demijohns.
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Grape Juice is Transferred to Demijohns.
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Large Funnels aid in the transfer of Grape Juice to Demijohns.
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My 2003 Astro Van and Golf Cart that I use around the Family Farm.  In the back is my retired 1989 Dodge Dakota that keeps on ticking!!!
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My 2003 Astro Van and Golf Cart that…
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Greetings during Wine Making setup '-)))
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Rinsing off "Splashed" Grape Juice to keep it all clean.
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Peeking around my deck to enjoy the sunset during the setup.
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Bonus!!!  You get to keep the juice buckets for other projects!!!
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Bonus!!! You get to keep the juice …
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Rinse off of splashed grape juice.
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Rinse off of splashed grape juice.
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Topping off each Demijohn with 5.25 Gallons of Grape Juice to leave a 3/4 gallon airspace for fermentation.
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Topping off each Demijohn with 5.25 …
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Final top off...  Don't fill more than this or else the fermentation process will cause the juice to bubble over...
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Final top off... Don't fill more th…
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Grape Juice is settling for transfer to my kitchen.
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Grape Juice is settling for transfer to my kitchen.
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Grape Juice is settling for transfer to my kitchen.
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Grape Juice is settling for transfer to my kitchen.
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Sampling the "raw" Grape Juice!!!  WOW,,, all taste very similar and is very "heavy and sweet".
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Sampling the "raw" Grape Juice!!! W…
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Sampling the "raw" Grape Juice!!!  WOW,,, all taste very similar and is very "heavy and sweet".
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Sampling the "raw" Grape Juice!!! W…
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Demijohns ready to be carried to my kitchen...  each weighs about 45 lbs.  Plastic Baskets have Handles to make it a little easier.
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The 8th Demijohn holds the extra 3/4 gallon from each bucket.  I will call this one "Mixed" Juice.
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You need a check valve for the fermentation process to take place.  Vodka in the check valve allows the CO2 to escape while preventing "Bad" air into the Demijohn.
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The glass acts as a holder so I can fill the check valves easier.
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4 Demijohns fit in a small area.  There are 4 more on the floor underneath.
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4 Demijohns fit in a small area. Th…
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Break for dinner!!!  All foods and eggs collected on my Family Farm hours earlier.
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Break for dinner!!!  All foods and eggs collected on my Family Farm hours earlier.
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Salads from my Garden, hours fresh!!!
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Salads from my Garden, hours fresh!!…
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Items from my garden...
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Items from my garden...
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Broccoli, went to seed slightly but is still really good steamed with some olive oil.
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Broccoli, went to seed slightly but …
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Voila!!!  Dinner!!!
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Voila!!! Dinner!!!
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Beverages with Dinner.  A little of each...
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Back to Business!!! Fermentation has begun!!!  The natural yeast that was on the grape skin when it was crushed is in the juice and is now reproducing as the temperature rises, giving off CO2.
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The yeast gives off CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) as it multiplies which then escapes through the check valve.
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The yeast gives off CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) as it multiplies which then escapes through the check valve.
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The yeast gives off CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) as it multiplies which then escapes through the check valve.
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Fermentation Process is increasing over time as the Grape Juice reaches room temperature.
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Looking down into the Demijohn.
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Looking down into the Demijohn.
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Surface of Fermentation Process.  Each Bubble contains and is about to release CO2.
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Surface of Fermentation Process. Ea…
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Surface of Fermentation Process.  Each Bubble contains and is about to release CO2.
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Close up of the plastic check valve with Vodka in it.
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This Primary Fermentation Process will continue for about 2 weeks to 2 months at which time the wine is ready for racking and the secondary fermenation process to take place...  Can be drank as wine in as little as 75 days but it does improve with age.
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Pondering over my "World Map" and wondering where to go next while my "New Batch" of wine is in the making!!!  Cheers!!!  Gary
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