If you’re serious about wine, then you’ve probably thought about making your own at home. You don’t need extensive facilities and expensive equipment to make great wine all by yourself.
Thanks to wine making kits, it’s actually very easy to get started even if you’re working with a small budget and don’t have a lot of space. Wine making equipment and ingredient kits make producing your first batch of homemade wine easy.
Choosing the Right Wine Making Kit
Don’t be scared off by the fact that you don’t have the kind of equipment a commercial vintner has. It’s much easier than you might think to get started; all you need are some basic supplies to make great tasting wine for yourself, your family and dinner guests. Many wine making kits include all of the essential supplies you’ll need to start making wine at home.
Wine making kits are available in a variety of sizes, from small one-gallon set-ups for those with very limited space or those making their first forays into homemade wine, to more complex kits that include larger carboys and somewhat more advanced equipment.
Whether you’d like to test the waters before upgrading to a more advanced set of wine making equipment or jump in headfirst, there is a kit for you. Still, many new wine makers opt for smaller, simpler kits for their first attempt. Once you’ve gotten a good feel for the process, you can always upgrade to more advanced equipment and even start working on some of your own recipes.
You Don’t Need Your Own Grapes
One thing that holds back many would-be vintners from trying their hand at wine making is the idea of having to either grow or purchase large amounts of grapes and press them themselves. Thankfully, you won’t have to turn your bathtub into an impromptu stomping vat – you can purchase juices and concentrates to make wine from.
You’ll find a good selection of these juices as part of wine making ingredient kits. If you’d prefer to start with whole grapes, wine grapes are available from some produce markets and can be ordered from local farmers (especially if you happen to live in a grape growing region).
However, for most beginners one of the prepackaged juices or juice concentrates are probably best. You can always experiment with fresh fruit later on, but using a concentrate is a good way to make sure that your first batch turns out according to plan.
All-In-One Kits Have Everything You Need To Start Making Wine
For those just beginning to explore the world of wine making, the best thing to do is to go with one of the all-in-one wine making kits. These kits include all of the equipment you need to make your own wine at home: the carboy or other fermentation container, yeast, juice concentrates, and other wine making supplies.
Once you’ve learned just how easy it can be to make your own wine, you’ll probably want to work your way up to more challenging recipes and upgrade your wine making supplies to allow you to make larger batches at once.
For now, however, it’s all about learning the ropes (or vines, as it were). Starting off simple will give you a firm grounding in the skills you need to become an expert vintner in your own home.