Equipment and Tools for Homemade Wine

Equipment and Tools for Homemade WineWine is a household staple that has been around since 4500BCE. Almost every civilization in the world makes some form of wine. As such, it is the most highly cultivated beverage in the world. No wonder homemade wine is one of the most popular hobbies in the world.

Home brewed wine is legal in just about every country in the world. The home wine’s maker will need some basic inexpensive tools, and equipment to get started. A glass or plastic water bottle is necessary for primary and secondary fermentation. If using a plastic jug or bottle, look for#1 or #2 on the bottom. These numbers show the plastic is suitable for preventing oxidization that will stale the wine. Glass water bottles must be new and without scratches for best results.
Purchase a selection of spoons designed for mixing wine ingredients thoroughly. An airlock is necessary to keep out air; these are best purchased commercially. Homemade airlocks can be made from balloons, PVC pipe, and vinyl tubing but are not worth the trouble. Commercial airlocks for wine making are properly designed, and are inexpensive. A bung will be needed for the airlock to fit in.
This is nothing more than a cork designed for wine making. Another needed item is a large straining bag made of nylon to be used in the filtering process for the wine ingredients. Select a good funnel for pouring the liquid into the bottles, and avoiding spillage. Purchase a siphon hose made of clear plastic; it should be five to six feet in length. The siphon will come in handy for leaving the yeast out for big batches of wine.
Some wine- making recipes require boiling some ingredients, so buy a large aluminum or enamel pan. Buy a secondary fermentation jug called a demijohn. This is a necessary item to complete the fermentation process. For every gallon of wine made five wine bottles with corks or stoppers will be needed. When using corks make sure they are new and fit perfectly to avoid oxidization that will ruin the batch. Clean all equipment after use with an iodine cleaning solution.
This will sanitize and remove the smell from the equipment. Advanced wine makers will consider purchasing a suitable thermometer, acid titration kit, and a wine press for finer wine making. The additional equipment is not necessary for beginners who may just be interested in purchasing a kit. There are many wine making kits available for as little as fifty-five dollars. These kits will make one gallon of wine. These kits are an excellent way for beginners to get started.
They contain all tools and equipment needed. Extra items like recipe books, yeast, and easy to use cleaning solutions are worth the price of the kit alone. Once a beginner has made a few batches of wine it will be time to branch out, and experiment. Many people associate wine making with grapes. However, this is not always the case. Wine is made from rice such as in Japan or Asia. It can be made from honey, different fruits, and even some types of flowers.
The advanced wine maker can choose equipment, and ingredients to satisfy a particular taste. Advanced wine making kits contain the tools and specialty ingredients for every wine connoisseur. Get started today, and above all, have fun.