Wine Equipment For Making Homemade Wine
There are many sites out there that are great at informing you how to make homemade wine but when it comes to the discussion of wine equipment needed information is hard to come by. There are a lot of products available but here I will cover some of the basic wine equipment that you will need to get started. This is by no means a complete list because as your knowledge of wine making grows and you become more experienced you can invest in more advanced equipment.
Barrels & Spigots: You will need a primary fermentation barrel that comes with a fitted cap and a spigot. The spigot makes your job of siphoning, racking, and filling bottles much more efficient.
Carboys: Carboys are a glass vessel used in the fermentation. Make sure it has a fermentation lock to prevent outside bacteria from entering the vessel.
Crushers & De-stemmers: Although not entirely necessary, crushers and de-stemmers to crush your fruit and remove stems from your grapes will greatly speed up the wine making process.
Presses: One of the most important pieces of wine equipment you will need is a press. Learning the process of pressing grapes is one of the most important you will learn when you start making homemade wine. A small table top press is usually sufficient for someone just learning this art.
Hydrometers: This tool is invaluable when you start learning to make homemade wine. It measures the specific gravity of the wine in relation to the amount of sugar content.
Siphons & Tubing: These are used to remove the wine off the sediment to transfer to your secondary fermentation vessel. It is also important to due the process again before bottling your homemade wine.
Stoppers & Bungs: Usually made of hard rubber a bung is a stopper used to seal bottles, tubes, and barrels. They keep your container sealed to keep bacteria out and liquid and gasses in.
Testing Equipment: There is a variety of equipment needed to test sugar levels, acidity, temperature, and alcohol percentage. The basics you should start with are a hydrometer, acid test kit, thermometer, vinometer, and tubes to run the tests in.
Wine Equipment Kits: If your head is swimming with all the equipment you need perhaps the easiest way to start is with one of the many wine equipment kits that are available. An average kit will come with a glass carboy, a fermenting bucket with a lid drilled for a spigot, spigot, bottle filler, tubing, stoppers, a siphoning tube, hydrometer, sanitizer, thermometer, and an airlock.
Wine making is a rewarding and creative hobby. If you want to get started right away you really can't go wrong with a wine equipment kit. There are many commercially available and are usually a better bargain than buying equipment individually. Just remember to set yourself a budget for your wine making hobby. Don't go overboard buying expensive wine equipment. Start with the basics and add to it as your experience and knowledge increase.