Clean Up Collage

Hopefully you saw yesterday’s post showing the norton grapes that we pressed. Today it’s all about cleaning up from yesterday’s work. Usually the press and bins are cleaned up the same day as they were used, but seeing as the press process didn’t finish until around 7pm last night, and it’s the last batch of grapes to deal with, and we were tired, Clyde let everything sit overnight until we were more energetic.

So here’s what he’s been up to this morning:
1.First up, he removed all the skins & seeds from the inside of the press. The large collection bin underneath the press can be moved around with the forklift.
2. A peek at what it looks like inside the press now that the bulk of the skins are out of the press.
3. We also have those four bins left to clean off too.
4. A closer look at the skins and seeds from this press.
5. After cleaning out all the skins and seed that were trapped in the chains, ridges, nooks and crannies of the press, Clyde brushes on sanitizer to make the press shine like new. Well, ok, maybe not new new, but it sure looks better after a good scrubbing in any case!
6. Finally Clyde rinses down the concrete floor all around the press so that we don’t have any skins or seeds hanging around feeding fruit flies and vinegar bacteria.  Rain pants and boots keep him relatively dry and comfortable while he sprays all this water everywhere!

I don’t have a picture of the clean bins, but they also get the same cleanup routine. I hope you enjoyed this peek at some of the work it takes to make wine around here. Cheers!

P.S. – Any opinions out there on my experimental collage format I’ve been using lately? I’m trying not to be so picture intensive in case it takes too long to download for you. But maybe that’s not an issue? Would you like to go back to the one-photo-at-a-time format? Let me know in the comments – thanks!

3 Replies to “Clean Up Collage”

  1. Love all the pics and learning about the wine making business. What do you do with all the leftovers from the pressings?

  2. We use the leftovers for mulch. We have to compost it for a while though as it’s pretty low pH for most plants when it’s first out of the press.

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