Making Wine: Do You Need A Crusher?

So you have your very own collection of wines – some of which you bought or some of which you were given. Now, you’re thinking about making your very own unique blends of wine. That should be interesting…and fun! You need to start with the basics. You know wine is made from fruits, but you can’t process all of them the same way. For instance, for some you need a crusher and for some you don’t. How will you know? Well, there are some factors that can determine if you need to get a crusher or not. • For hard fruits, like apples and pears, you’ll find that a crusher is a very useful tool. It can help speed up the process. • The crusher helps break the fruit down until it’s in just right condition to be pressed. You’ll then be able to extract a maximum amount of juice from it. • With apples and pears, if you pulp the fruit too much, you won’t get the juices to escape the pulp when you are pressing it. The press will keep on locking up. • Grapes, on the other hand, can be cut and squeezed if you’re doing just a little bit of them, or you can put them in the crusher. • Other soft fruits are a little more difficult to deal with, but the whole aim is to break open the skin of the fruit and that’s about it. • You can crush berries with your hand or a blunt object. • You can cut apples, apricots and peaches into small pieces and crush them. • Never crush the fruit too much, because they may create a bitter must that is difficult to get out of the wine. Give it a try – you may be surprised at how great you are at making wine to add to your collection. We can offer you professional grade wine storage for your wine collection and we can also give advice about storing your wine at home. Give us a call to discuss the climate controlled and secure wine storage options we have available to keep your fine wines safely stored in our wine storage facility in New Jersey.



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