An Easy Guide to Winemaking Kits

Wine making is an easy and inexpensive hobby that many are turning to for enjoyment and better quality vino. While it’s not difficult to do, small inconsistencies in the process can ruin a whole batch, which can prove costly and time consuming. For this reason, may professional wine makers recommend that first time brewers use a wine making kit to streamline and make the process more fool-proof. Here are a few basic tips on how to best choose and utilize a wine making kit so that you get the most for your time and money.

Basic wine making kits run anywhere from $100 to several thousand, so decide which type to buy based on your available funds and also how often you think you’ll be making wine. You’ll want to get the best one you can afford, but you can still make perfectly quality wine with a lower-end kit as long as it has the right components.
A basic wine making kit will have the following equipment included: A primary fermenter, a secondary fermenter, and air lock, a hydrometer, siphon tubing, bottles for storage, corks or screw caps, a large funnel, and wire brushes. Advanced equipment, only available in the most expensive wine fermenting kits includes a precise digital scale, an acid test kit, a PH testing kit, fruit pressers or crushers, and filters.

Your kit should come with instructions on what steps are involved in wine making and what order you’ll complete them. They include, in order, first preparing your equipment, which includes sterilizing and organizing. Next the must, the pre-fermented wine, will have some ingredients added to it including water, sugar, tablets, and possibly tannins. Secondary fermentation is the slowest part of the process, sometimes taking up to a month. Once the wine is completely fermented it will be bottled and labeled by you, the winemaker! The you have the choice of where to store it, if you don’t drink it all or give it away as gifts!

There are many places to buy your wine kit, the easiest being online. A variety of websites exist that specialize in home winemaking products, so check there first for the best deals and additional information about products and services available to wine novice. Another option is to check with a local wine store to see what advice and products they have available, as their firsthand knowledge can be very valuable to someone who doesn’t know much about wine.

Before you buy a kit, determine what kind of wine you like best and what kind you think will be easiest for you to make. Success in making wine doesn’t mean much if you don’t enjoy the product you end up with! Decide whether you like rose wines, fruit wines, or dry red wines, and then seek out vintages and brands in stores near you. When you’ve found a favorite wine you can try to replicate its taste using your home winemaking skills.

Winemaking is made easier by wine making kits, now widely available on the open market. This guide was designed to give you some helpful information about what to look for and expect from any winemaking kit you might find, and also what the winemaking process will look like to someone inexperienced. Go out there, do your research, have patience with the process, and pick the kit that’s best for your needs. In no time at all you’ll be drinking your own homemade bottled vintage, not only suited to your particular tastes but economically sensible as well! Cheers!