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Old 10-10-2013, 05:36 PM   #11
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Neato. What do you do with the leftover grape skins and pulp?
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:41 PM   #13
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Neato. What do you do with the leftover grape skins and pulp?
I was just wondering the same thing.
Around here they spread the pumice back around the vineyards like fertilizer. Some farmers refuse it because they don't want to chance introducing something to their own vineyards from someone else's.
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Neato. What do you do with the leftover grape skins and pulp?
I would love to be able to compost it but, unfortunately, with two dogs around I don't, for fear they might get into it. There's a lot of alcohol in those leftover skins, and grapes aren't really good for dogs anyway.

What I sometimes do is add a few pounds of the spent grape skins into fruit wine batches to give them a little extra structure and color. For example, although you would think it would be bright red, strawberries actually make a very light colored wine - almost clear. By adding some of the spent grape skins in while it's fermenting, it makes it look more like the natural color of a strawberry without changing the flavor.

Beyond that, they just go into the garbage.
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I would love to be able to compost it but, unfortunately, with two dogs around I don't, for fear they might get into it. There's a lot of alcohol in those leftover skins, and grapes aren't really good for dogs anyway.

What I sometimes do is add a few pounds of the spent grape skins into fruit wine batches to give them a little extra structure and color. For example, although you would think it would be bright red, strawberries actually make a very light colored wine - almost clear. By adding some of the spent grape skins in while it's fermenting, it makes it look more like the natural color of a strawberry without changing the flavor.

Beyond that, they just go into the garbage.
Too bad you don't have city compostable collection.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #18
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Steve - I did a stint in Italy a few year back and was introduced to what you do with the left over skins and pulp. It's called Grappa. It is a distilled liquor from the leftovers from wine making. Some of the Grappa is ok - some is down right awful. It is customary to have a small amount of Grappa at the end of a meal.
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Steve - I did a stint in Italy a few year back and was introduced to what you do with the left over skins and pulp. It's called Grappa. It is a distilled liquor from the leftovers from wine making. Some of the Grappa is ok - some is down right awful. It is customary to have a small amount of Grappa at the end of a meal.
Oh yeah, I've been to Italy a few times. I learned all about that grappa stuff the hard way!
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Steve - I did a stint in Italy a few year back and was introduced to what you do with the left over skins and pulp. It's called Grappa. It is a distilled liquor from the leftovers from wine making. Some of the Grappa is ok - some is down right awful. It is customary to have a small amount of Grappa at the end of a meal.
Is it legal to distil alcohol at home in the US? It isn't in the UK.
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