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Crush Inoculate Punching Press Topping Up Racking


September 16th through the 27th we punched down the cap three to four times a day.  At first the cap was quite hard to break up, but by the 22nd, the cap was getting very loose.

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Ready to punch down

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The stainless-steel stirrer thingy

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Pushing.  It is surprising how hard the cap is...

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Punching the cap releases all of the CO2 that was trapped under all those skins and seeds.

These two pictures show how much the cap gets pushed up in just 4 hours:
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Close Up
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Extreme Close Up
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More Extreme Close Up
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Most Extreme Close Up

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