Equipment needed for Home wine making.

Here is an easy to follow article on what you need to make wine from the comfort of your own home. Call it the 101 of wine making. Making wine in your home can become an addictive hobby. This is not tough job; it’s inexpensive and fun. All you need is the desire, ingredients and a basic recipe for a particular wine. The supplies are easy to come by. Whether you purchase them from a local retailer or an online store that caters to the needs of wine makers, it’s just a matter of determination.

Here is a list of equipment you need to make homemade wine.

1. An airlock and Metabisulphite
2. Plastic funnel
3. A siphon tube
4. A container (glass or white plastic tub)
5. Bottles (dark in color)
6. Measuring devises
7. Thermometer
8. Large spoon or paddle
9. Thermometer
10. Clean Water 4/5 gallons
11. Recipe

Metabisulfite is a chemical sold as an alternative to Campden tablets. This solution is used to keep your bottles and all agents clean when using your winemaking equipment. I cannot stress enough how important this step is. Keeping your bottles sanitized and your work area clean is MIDAS in making wine at home. This chemical is a sanitizing agent used due to its bacterial inhibitor. Since there are no active materials in this figure (unlike when using Campden tablets, with all the fillers added), you won’t find it necessary to add crystals for the sanitizing solution. The Metabisulfite is usually sold in bottles that are 4 oz. 1lb. bag. In simple terms this solution when used properly will stop material that may pass through the liquid and harm the ultimate outcome. The airlock is used to keep the wine while fermenting into its first stage. Just make sure the airlock is completely sealed so that no bacteria will mix with the liquid.

The plastic funnel and siphon tube are used to transfer the wine between the containers you are using. These tubes allow you to transfer the wine without spilling it. As far as the containers they should be made of plastic or glass when used during fermentation process. Wine making pros say it is best to use materials made up of plastic and white in color. Reasons vary but most will tell you that any color in the plastic gives out chemicals that can mix with your wine and spoil its taste. Once the fermentation process begins then there is the waiting time and the patience one must endure before diving into their liquid gold.

Bottles made up of glass are always preferred. Dark colored bottles can be used to protect your wine against light exposure. You can use different sizes bottles, depending on the amount of wine you have made. Once you start making wine you will become a bottle collector happens every time.

The thermometer will be used to make sure your yeast is at the right temperature during the fermentation process and that your batch is not too warm or too cold.

The next and most important factor is the recipe you choose. There is a plethora of information on the Internet. However don’t let their recipes dissuade you from adding a variety of spices you may pick up along the way. Sometimes mistakes can make a regular wine taste like a great wine. Next you will need to gather all the necessary ingredients for the recipe including some extra spices like Oak Wood chips if you want your wine to have an oaky taste to it. You can buy books or search the Internet for different recipes available.

The recipe you select for your wine will give you clear instructions on the amount and ingredients needed including the amounts needed to mix them. Once you have made the wine and have waited anywhere from 30 days to 1 year (depending on the process and recipe you have chosen) pour the liquid into “Clean” bottles grab a glass pour .. Enjoy.

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