Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zinfandel 2012

July 18, 2012

Harvested 135 pounds of grapes.  The sugar content is still very low, but some of the tight heavy bunches were beginning to show signs of rot.

Yeast:  Red Star Pasteur Red

We bled off about three gallons of the juice for White Zinfandel,

Brix 21

July 20, 2012

With continuing rain, the rot is showing up in additional bunches.  We harvested 96 pounds of grapes.
Brix 20

We bled off about 1 gallon of juice for White Zinfandel.

July 22, 2012

Harvested 75 pounds of grapes.

Brix 21

July 24, 2012

Harvested 81 pounds of grapes.

Brix 21

We bled off about one half gallon of juice for White Zinfandel.

Total to Date: 387 pounds

July 26, 2012

Harvested 120 pounds of grapes.

Brix:  20

We bled off about 1 1/2 gallons of juice for White Zinfandel

Total to Date:  507 pounds

July 27, 2012

Harvested a total of 62 pounds of grapes.

We kept 37 pounds and gave 25 pounds to Estela.

Bled off about 1/2 gallon of juice for White Zinfandel

Started a new fermentation tank

Total to Date:  For Our Fermentation 544 pounds.

Total to Date from Zinfadel Vineyard  569 pounds.

August 7, 2012

Harvested 95 pounds of Zinfandel grapes.

Added it to the cake from Petite Sirah.

Total to Date for our Fermination 639 pounds
Total to Date from Zinfandel Vineyard 664 pounds

August 8, 2012

We harvested 83 pounds of Zinfandel for our fermentation and
Another 60 pounds for Estela.

Total to date for our Fermintation 722 pounds
Total to date from Zinfandel Vineyard 782 pounds.

August 11, 2012

Harvested 25 pounds of Zinfandel

August 12, 2012

Harvested 7 pounds of Zinfandel.

Total  754 pounds for the fermenter

Total including grapes for Estela 814

There are still lots of Zinfandel grapes in the vineyard, but they are not ripe.  We will decide what to do with them when we return from Texas next week.

August 27, 2012

Stanley picked all the Zinfandel left in the vineyard that were ripe.  There was not nearly as much as he had thought.  It is fermenting in a cooler.

September 1, 2012

Stanley racked the 5 gallon jug.

September 2, 2012

We pressed the Zinfandel grapes and got about three gallons of juice.  That was enough to top up the Zinfandel tank with some left over.  Stanley racked a three gallon container into a five with the remainder of today's pressing.

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