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Old 09-12-2008, 12:49 AM   #1
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The local supplier is bringing in their annual harvest along with other juices from CA, PA, and NY. The local stuff is priced at like $6 a gallon and I figure this would be a cheap way to make some decent wine from local vinyards.

Anyway, the kits all make 6 gallons. Do I need to make 6 gallons, or can I just use my 5 gallon carboys? If I use the 5 gallon carboys do I need to make 4 gallons, or can I just get 5 gallons of juice and let the yeast work it's magic?

Any help is much appreciated. (also posted question on winemakingtalk)

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Yes you can do 5gallons of wine in a 5gallon carboy, no krausen. good to go.

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Wine is much better behaved than beer.....Wish I could say the same for my behavior after wine as compared to beer.

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Now this is wierd. I spoke with the guy bringing in all the juice earlier today. He said I would need to do less than 5 gallons for the primary (in a 5 gallon carboy) as it would blow off. ??

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Tell HIM to blow off.
Most wine can be started in an ale pail anyway, as you'll want to leave the lid off for a few days.

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I would never want to leave the lid off unless I'd be storing the stuff in a completely sanitary environment. I'm just trying to figure out how much bubbling I'd get.

I have several carboys and a pail, Not sure how I want to divide up the purchase. Oriuginally I figured 5 gallons of each. Now I am thinking 6 gallons of three different juices divided among the carboys I got.

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