Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Homemade Wine Making Products List

Ok we talk a lot about diferent prodcts on EasyHomeMadeWine.com.  A lot of people have asked me, “where can I find those for the best price?” Well here you go below is a list of all the products listed on this page, I have excluded Wine Making Bottles intentionally, follow the link to find those.  BTW the links are messed up I’m working on it bare with me for now.

Primary Fermenters/ Aging
Botteling Equipment
Bottels
Measurment Tools
Primary Fermenters/ Aging
Sanitation
Starters
Sweeteners
Yeast
Miscelioneus

Bottling Equipment

5 Gallon Corney Keg Kit 5 Gallon Corny Keg

Amazom.com carries Ball-lock keg systems, they are not cheap I recommend starting with some used equipment and upgrading as you go. Here is a used system that is reasonable priced.


5 Gallon Corney Keg
5 Gallon Corny Keg

Amazom.com carries corny kegs, they add a nice touch to your home made beers as well as your sparkeliing wines and cidars. These corny kegs make botteling a snap they are really nice espically if you don’t want to deal with botteling.

Measurement Tools

5 Gallon Glass Carboy5 Gallon Glass Carboy

Amazom.com has lots of 5 Gallon Glass Carboys, they are nice for every thing from the primary fermenting to racking or even aging.

 

Sanitation

Starter

PYREX® 500mL Erlenmeyer Flask

PYREX® 500mL Erlenmeyer Flask

These are great for making starters. You can put then right on the stove to achieve desired temp and then put on a stopper and vapor lock.

Sweetener

Yeast

Lalvin 71B-1122 Yeast

Lalvin 71B-1122 Yeast

Lavin high quality dry yeast packet. Recommended uses:Blush, Whites, Nouveau, Young Reds & Juice from Concentrates. Fast fermenting, produces up to 14% alcohol.

Lalvin K1-V1116 Yeast

Lalvin K1-V1116 Yeast

Lavin high quality dry yeast packet. Recommended uses:Whites, Fruit wines, Concentrates, Stuck Fermentations & Cider. Fast fermenting, produces up to 18% alcohol.

Lalvin EC-1118 Yeast

Lalvin EC-1118 Yeast

Lavin high quality dry yeast packet. Recommended uses:Champagne,Dry Meads,Late Harvest, Secondary & Stuck Fermentations. VERY fast fermenting, produces up to 18% alcohol.

Miscellaneous

Glass, Plastic or Bucket

As a new comer to homemade wine making I have to decide what I want to do my primary fermenting in.  There are a few options, the title tells the tale.  As homemade wine makers we all will face this quandary at somepoint. I am going to try to give you some information to help with your own decision making. So are the options: Glass Carboy, Plastic Carboy or Bucket.

Glass:

They have been using glass carboys to make homemade wine for ever, here are some of the pros and cons

Pros:

  • Durable- they should last about forever
  • Heat resistant-You can pour boining water right in them
  • Won’t stain-Dark juices can sit in them with no worries
  • See through, you know whats going on when you use Glass carboys
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • Glass is heavy, and so are glass carboys, they weigh in at about 25 lbs
  • No handle, but you can purchase a wide array of carriers
  • While they are relatively durable don’t drop them. Glass carboys can chip or crack
  • They are the most expensive option epically if you plan on having your Carboy shipped
  • Narrow opening makes filling and cleaning a challange

Plastic Carboys

Better bottle makes the best ones I have seen, they are very similar to glass.  From what I have been told you can use and 5 gallon jug from your office water cooler to make your home made wines.

Pros:

  • Durable- they should last about forever and most are scratch resistant
  • Won’t stain-Dark juices can sit in them with no worries
  • See through, you know whats going on when you use plastic carboys
  • Very Light they weigh only 1.5 lbs
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • No handle, but you can purchase a wide array of carriers
  • Cant pour boiling water in them, I have seen plastic carboys melt!! The good ones are rated to 140º F
  • While they are not as expensive as glass carboys, plastic carboys are still not cheap
  • Narrow opening makes filling and cleaning a challange

Primairy fermenting bucket

These buckets are sold allover the place and are great for anyone looking to make homemade wine.

Pros:

  • Durable- they should last about forever and most are scratch resistant
  • If price is your game then primary fermenting buckets are for you! usually you can get the whole kit for under 15 bucks
  • Sturdy, I have seen 5 full buckets stacked.
  • Easy to store, they fit in side each other. Lets be honest though, as soon as I empty mine I fill them up 🙂
  • Nice wide opening makes filling and mixing easy

Cons:

  • Cant pour boiling water in them, I have seen primary fermenting buckets melt!! The good ones are rated to 140º F
  • Primary fermenting buckets will stain from dark juices
  • Since you can’t se through them who knows what is going on

Ok, so there was a fourth option, other. My first batch of homemade wine was in a milk jug, this was good because I could kind of see what was going on in there and it was cheap and easy. That suits me because I’m not a patient person not to mention I’m learning as I go here. but as you may or may not know milk jugs are not totally see through. The next batch of homemade wine I did was some more mead, this time in a bucket the  primary fermenting bucket was chosen because they are really cheap. the down side is that I think I ruined the started and since the bucket is opaque I have no clue what the heck is going on in there. Well I may have used a milk jug, if your even remotely serious about making homemade wine, then this isn’t that great of an option. Let me reccomed a a 1 gallon glass jug as a good alternative for small homemade wine batches and experimentation.

I’ll leave you with this, there is there is no right or wrong answer. What ever you use, happy fermenting!

My First Mead Batch

After I learned how easy it is to make mead, I was super excited to start making the wine. I however did not want to wait untill the wekend so I could start the wine making endevor with my buddy who wanted in.  I had been doing a lot of reading and found a wine making recipe for cheap easy mead on stormthecastle.com (Mead is on the right under subjects) Any way I thought I’d give it a shot. I pretty much followed the wine making directions except I used lemons instead of oranges when I made my wine.  I did this because when I think of honey and tea, hell lemon just sounds better.  I also cut my lemon into like 8 wedges and then halved them before adding them to the recipe. I used bleach to sanitize every thing.  By the next day I had a lot of bubbles, Mead was being made and I was making wine.  I will keep you posted on this batch.

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Finding Wine Bottles

I recently started making my own MEAD, and I realized I would need wine bottles, lots empty wine bottles.  I did a little research on-line and soon realized that empty wine bottles were not cheap, I had some trouble finding wine bottles for a price I thought was fair.  I decided I was going to figure out how to get wine making bottles for little or no money.  I will then give you the opportunity to buy these cheap wine bottles!! I am also going to chronicle my wine and cider making adventure. I have never done any wine making or bottling but I think that making and bottling my own wine will prove to be very rewarding.

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