Fermenter

Wood-and-wood Chris built the fermenter this weekend. It's got a 200 gallon capacity and is made with Oregon Oak.

Hosing-down

I was hoping that by being saturated with water, and expanding, that it would be water tight.

Filling-and-checking

Here we're filling with water to test.

Plugging-leaks

There were major leaks. Chris got the idea of stuffing string in the cracks. I thought that after a few hours the leaks would seal, but I don't think that's going to happen. Tomorrow I need to make batten strips and caulk all the seams. This is not as water tight as a barrel.

The grapes are being harvested on Monday, so I have very little time. I thought it would be not till Friday, but Dan called me up on Saturday, so I've been scrambling since then. Plus he says he can't lend me the 1/4 ton bins he said he could, so I need to find some way of transporting all the grapes! Yikes.

Major-leaks