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Do I need a press to make wine from grapes? Are there cheap alternatives? If I need a press is there a cheap way I can make one?

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I've made small quantities without a press, but it's very labor intensive. For a 1 gallon batch, it's reasonable but much larger than that you're going to want some automation. The manual process:

  1. De-stem the grapes
  2. Crush the grapes
  3. Red wine? Ferment on the skin. White wine? Skip to 4.
  4. Put the crushed grapes in 5 gallon paint strainer bag and express the juice.
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Can I use a nylon grain bag instead of the paint strainer, or are the holes too big? – anton2g Oct 10 '13 at 21:34
Should be fine, as long as the holes are small enough to prevent seeds from escaping. – Tobias Patton Oct 11 '13 at 2:02

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