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Can you put whole grape clusters (stem and all) in a bladder wine press?


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Joe Lutomske from ENOTOOLS

Yes. And you can expect some decent results. This is not the high yield approach. This is the high quality juice approach. 

Often times, someone pressing hybrid or native grapes may use a press aid like wheat straw, or more commonly rice hulls. Pressing whole cluster whites is a good technique to use on Vinifera varietals, as it allows easier escape of the juice at comparatively lighter pressure. It can help you avoid pressing too hard, which can add off flavors or an unwanted amount of turbidity to the juice. 

I like to see our customers strike the balance between yield and quality by maximizing yield at no cost to quality because of the guidance we can offer on equipment and supplies. 

Apr 15, 2016

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