Wine Making Equipment and Ingredients
There's no getting around it...
You'll need some wine making supplies to make yummy wine!
Take a look at the images above to give you an idea
of the equipment you'll need. Or check out my wine making supplies page. Decisions like batch size, which methods
you use, and how you plan to store your wine all factor into it.
sure you use "food grade" equipment for all plastic pails, hoses etc.
You don't want any off-flavors coming out in your wine.
Scratches in the
plastic can hide bacteria that can quickly ruin a batch too. So
replace what you have to and get a good nights sleep!
When wine making, there are some ingredients (additives) you'll need to add to each batch as well. They're different for each batch you make but may include:
- malolactic bacteria (and nutrients)
- fining agents
- yeast nutrients
- pectic enzymes
- oak chips/powder etc.
You should follow a recipe to get started to 'get your hands wet'. Check out my how to make wine or fruit wine making pages for a few wine recipes.
In general, I would
buy fresh ingredients and corks. The ingredients have a shelf life and
corks can become tainted with TCA which gives off a dank, moldy smell in
your wine (known as corked wine).
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Yes, they are two different things. And they just happen to be the most important part of making your homemade wine!
For cleaning use:
- soft water
- soft cloth (not an abrasive pad)
- soft brushes (not recommended for plastic fermenters though - cleaner only)
- PBW or B-Brite (non-caustic cleaner)
the item first. Then clean, then rinse well. Let the cleaner do the
work. You don't want scratches in your plastic fermenter etc.
Stay away from dish soaps and any cleaner with chlorine in it.
For sanitizing use:
- Potassium metabisulphite crystals or crushed Campden tablets.
- or Star San sanitizer
Rinsing isn't necessary if you follow the instructions for getting the proper mix.
This all seems simple enough...
Amazing that more wine gets ruined from not cleaning and sanitizing properly than anything else!
Typical wine storage methods
Storing Your Wine
Proper home wine storage... for too many people this is just an afterthought.
Let's say you just finished a large batch of fresh grapes. After all that time and money spent, agonizing over the details:
- and tasting
finally reached the storage stage. It pays big time to store it
properly! If your wine is going to be cellared for years then this is
even more important.
- relative humidity
- and lighting
have a part to play here. The jury is still out on whether vibration
is a bad thing or not for your wine as it ages. But I would keep it in a
quiet place and not have to worry about it.
There are some pretty high-tech wine coolers and credenza's to check out as well. They come in an array of sizes, styles and finishes to suit just about any decor.
A proper wine cellar is very nice... but so is having some of your wine close at hand after a long day. Especially if it's held at the perfect serving temperature!