Whether you’ve received your first set of wine making equipment as a gift from a friend or family member or you’ve decided to pick up your own, you may well be wondering: what now?
Thankfully, it’s not as complicated to make your own wine as you may have thought – and wine making kits make this something that’s almost as easy as preparing a meal.
There are a lot of possibilities to explore and no matter what your tastes in wine, you really can make your favorite wines at home. While your results may not live up to some of the world’s master vintners the first time around, you’re certain to be pleasantly surprised by the end result of your foray into wine making.
Basic Wine Making Supplies
As you’ve probably noticed, basic wine making equipment is actually pretty simple. And thanks to wine making supply shops like Quality Wine and Ale Supply, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on the ingredients you’ll need – namely, juice or juice concentrate as well as yeast and fining agents.
Choosing a Wine Recipe
If you’re just getting started as a home vintner, then you’ll almost certainly want to start off easy.
Most wine making ingredient kits come with complete instructions, though there are also plenty of basic wine recipes available online. Our recipe page and book selection (use the navigation above) are two really good places to start.
Unless you want to make things more of a challenge or you happen to have come into some exceptional grapes, you’ll probably also want to use a ready-made juice or concentrate for your first btach (and that’s what’s usually included in more ingredient kits). This reduces the possibility of problems cropping up that can result in a tainted batch of wine.
Proper Preparation of Supplies
Once you’ve found a recipe for a type of wine you’d like to try and assembled all of the necessary ingredients, then there’s one more thing which you absolutely must do before getting started.
As eager as you may be to begin fermenting your first batch of homemade wine, you still have to thoroughly clean and sterilize all of your wine making equipment in order to reduce the chance of some unwelcome microorganisms spoiling your wine.
Wine making kits put the vintner’s art in the hands of the common wine lover. As long as you’re careful and start off with the basics, you’ll soon be enjoying the fruits of your labors and impressing your friends and family in the process.