Making wine at home can be a more enjoyable task than you think, now that there are home winemaking equipment kits available now. There is also plenty of free material or books about wines that can help us.
Often times you do already have some of the equipment necessary. With the beer and wine making supply stores that have opened in recent years, getting the right wine making equipment should not be a problem.
You can purchase a winemaking kit to go with your winemaking equipment kit from these stores and then all you will need are the bottles and a wait of about 28 days. Wouldn’t that be nice?
You can find out what equipment is in a home wine making equipment kit by either visiting your local brew shop or do a search online and then list out what the kit includes. After you get your list of what is in the wine making equipment kit, check through your cupboards, you may have some of what is on the list already.
Remember, anything plastic you use will have to be food safe quality, that’s very important. It can happen that maybe by purchasing the winemaking equipment kit you will come out in ahead and you need to remember is many of the items will be that purchase only, you won’t need to replace each time you make your wine.
Wherever you purchase your wine making equipment, find out if there is a recipe book that is included with the kit, the store keeper for good will, may just give you one to get you going, never hurts to ask, but if not then see if they can recommend a good one to you.
You could end up with many wine recipe books over a period of time, they are a little like cookbooks, there is always a better recipe in the book on the shelf, there is that old saying about green grass. When you are getting started with your home winemaking, then these wine making recipe books will not go to waste. You will get into your way of making your great wine.
Here is a list of home wine making equipment you will need.
– A 30-liter or larger food-grade plastic container (similar in shape to a garbage can|like a plastic garbage can) with a non-airtight lid and a mark at the 23-liter point
– A 23-liter glass or food-grade plastic carboy
– An airlock and bung (a rubber stopper with a hole in it) for the carboy
– A hydrometer to check the specific gravity referred to as ‘sp. gr.’ of the wine
– A long, narrow tube or jar to hold the wine while you’re checking its specific gravity (generally the tube the hydrometer comes in works fine)
– A dairy thermometer
– A long piece (at least 1.5m or five feet) of food-grade plastic tubing
– A long spoon that can fit into the neck of the carboy and reach to the bottom
– A wine thief to remove the developing wine from the carboy without having to tip it
You will also need apart from the grape juice or whatever you have chosen to make you wine with the following:
- Good quality water, this normally means filtered water, not the chlorinated water from many town water supplies.
- Wine Yeast, this is best tailored for the type of wine you want to produce, use bread yeast only if you can’t get the wine yeast. The results with bread yeast are generally not as good.
- A wine ‘settler’, you can use sterilized bentonite or isinglass and they should be readily available from the winemaking stores.
- Potassium sorbate, to stop fermentation, you can get this also at the winemaking supply store.
- Bottles and corks
- Campden tablets, these are used to help kill all the naturally occurring wild yeasts and undesirable bacteria in must, but they can also be used to make a sanitizing solution.
Winemaking can be such an enjoyable experience, get your winemaking equipment together and get going. Once you make your first batch, you will be well on your way to becoming a home vintner.