How Many Pounds Of Grapes Per Gallon?
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:33 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:37 PM
Wine Wizard replies: You'll need about 85 to 90 pounds of fresh grapes (still on their stems) to make five gallons of wine. It will start off at about 2.5 lug boxes of grapes and will end up as about 25 bottles, or two cases, of wine. The final volume of wine you get depends entirely upon how much juice you squeeze out of the grapes, whether you press before fermentation as in a white wine or press after fermentation as in a red wine. The final volume, therefore, will be affected by all things that affect the quantity of juice recovered from those lug boxes. For example if there are many tiny berries per grape cluster, you can assume that there will be a higher percentage of solids/liquid, both in the form of skins and seeds and in the grape stems that house each of those tiny berries. In large, loose clusters where the stem/berry ratio is less and the skin/juice ratio is less, pound for pound you will recover more liquid from those grapes.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:38 PM
There are a ton of factors so more information would be helpful. For instance: what variety, red or white, how ripe are they, how will you press...etc.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:06 PM
For reds figure about 13 pounds per gallon. For whites, figure about 15 pounds per gallon. It also depends on variety. Chambourcin, for example, contains a high juice to pulp ration while Cabernet Sauvignon is thicker skin and less juice.
Going to pick some grapes this weekend, & trying to budget how many pounds to get. They are being sold by the pound, so I am trying to calculate how many pounds I will need to make about 30 gallons. Anyone have a rough number for me?
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:21 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:37 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:40 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:19 PM
I am looking at Chambourcin & Norton.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:13 PM
2012 Petite Sirah(Sonoma), Syrah (Bottled) and Zinfandel (Amador) are bottled
2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma), Zinfandel (Amador) and Syrah (Sonoma) are bottled
2014 our Syrah/Grenach blend (Sonoma), Pinot Noir (Sonoma), and Merlot (Napa) are all in the barrel (every year seems to get better!)
Posted 17 August 2012 - 04:14 AM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:20 PM
the previous year I pressed off 44 gallons from 625 lbs of norton.
This was after racking off gross lees
Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:26 PM
we generaly pick norton first or second week of Oct and mid september for chambourcin.(Missouri)
of course, this has been an odd growing season.
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