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Old 08-13-2012, 04:36 AM   #1
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Default First time making with with grapes, need help please!

Hi all,

I'm about to make my first wine from Frontenac grapes. I just got an email from the vineyard owner and said they plan to harvest next weekend. Is there anything extra I may need for making wine from grapes vs. kits? They have a destemmer and crusher to use for free. I know i needs something to press off the grapes after primary. Any special additives to kill off any natural yeasts, bacteria, etc?

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Old 08-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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campden tablets will keep the natural yeasties at bay and let those lab-created yeast monsters we use do their work.


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I have a couple of pounds of potassium metabisulfite already in powder form. Are campden tablets more effective or just a preference? Thanks!!
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No real preference. It's the same stuff juts in a tablet. It just happens to be what I bought that day.
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