Instructables

Making Wine From Kits

Who can say no to wine at $3 to $7 that tastes like you paid $10 to $25 for it? No one, that's who! If you like wine you should at least try to make it once to get a better understanding of how rotten grapes can taste so good. And ending up with 30 bottles of wine is pretty swell.
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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A wine making equipment kit helps. If you're already into brewing beer then you have most of everything you need. If this is your first foray into home alcohol production then you can pick up equipment kits all over the web from $70 and up to $200. Some kits will include wine bottles, some will offer the choice of different juice concentrates, some will have upgraded corkers or carboys (those friggin' huge glass bottles).

You'll need:

A primary fermenter (that big 7.9 gallon white bucket pictured)
A secondary fermenter (that friggin' huge glass bottle)
Some food grade tubing (four or five feet of it)
A racking cane (this is a candy can shaped rod, either made of stainless steel or plastic)
An air lock for your fermenters
A hydrometer for measuring the specific gravity of your juice
A long sturdy spoon for stirring
A corker

All of those things should come with with basic kits. Other things, like cleaners and sanitizers, optional additives, and corks will have to be purchased separately. But the good part about home wine and beer making is that all of that little stuff is usually pretty cheap. So if you start with a basic kit you can gradually add on things that you need or that make the process easier if you stick with it long term.

Bottles . . . well if you can't save up thirty bottles . . . then you probably need another hobby.

But if you're only the occasional wino and want to get into this you could go to one of your favorite restaurants and ask them to save you thirty bottles and they'll likely be able to get you more than enough in a single night.
BARKing1 year ago
Well done. I recommend filling your airlock with sulphite solution instead of just water, especially after fermentation is over. The sulphite is an antioxidant and binds the oxygen so it does not pass through the water. When bulk aging the solution should be changed every month. The longer you plan on aging the wine the more important this becomes.
Cheers!
neo716651 year ago
15 years of making wine I've never used grapes or a kit, lol. Wild blackberries are my favorite. Best of all free fruit if I wanna pick it.