Home WineMaking Equipment Kits

Making wine at home can be a much easier task than you think, especially with the home winemaking equipment kits available now. You may have much of what is needed to make wine in your cupboards. There are many beer and wine making shops popping up in most areas, so a quick searchonline will find you the winemaking equipment store nearest you. You can purchase a winemaking kit to go with your winemaking equipment kit from these shops and then all you will need are the bottles and the time it takes to be ready. Sounds good!

To find out what you will require to make your wine at home, if you do a search on the Internet, you should be able to get a list of what is contained in a home wine making equipment kit. Take a look at your cupboards and see if you already have some of the items, depending on how much you have, compare the prices for the extra you would need to see if the home winemaking equipment kit would be a better option. Anything plastic will need to be food safe and the item should have that marked on it. Sometimes it is better to purchase the full home wine making equipment kit so that whatever you need to use to make your wine at home, will be used for that and that alone.

Wherever you purchase your wine making equipment, find out if there is a recipe book that comes with the kit, the store owner for good will, may just give you one to get you going, never hurts to enquire, but if not then find out if they can recommend a good one to you. Beware, wine recipe books can be addictive, like cookbooks, some can never get enough. In the early stages of your home wine making, it can be a good thing to have a few home wind making recipe books you will soon get into your own way of making wine. 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.

Once you get your home winemaking equipment kit, you will be ready to start making wine at home and impress your family and friends When you make your first vintage, you will be well on your way to becoming a home vintner.

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