Home wine making really isn’t a hard hobby to get involved in – I mean, if I can do it successfully than anyone can.
I first started getting involved in home wine making over this last summer and if I had known how easy the process was I probably would have started a lot sooner. The only thing that takes any effort is finding a wine making kit for beginners that you like and think would make a wine batch you would enjoy.
I spent a few hours shopping through different home wine making kits before finally making a buying decision that I ended up being quite happy with. So I recommend taking your time and knowing your options before deciding which wine making kit to buy for yourself.
Get the Right Equipment
Aside from the kit itself there really isn’t much you need to buy. I recommend two things:
- A Carboy – this is just a big bucket that you use to ferment the wine, I recommend buying a five gallon carboy the first time even if your first batch of wine isn’t a whole five gallons. That way you don’t have a buy another one later on.
- Airlocks – these allow carbon dioxide to flow out of your carboy without causing the oxygen to vent out. You need that oxygen, it reacts with the yeast and actually makes the wine – if it vents out you’ll still have grape juice six weeks later.
Once you have secured this super basic equipment and have found a wine making kit that makes a batch you think sounds delicious you have got everything you need to actually get started. As you gain more experience in the craft you’ll probably find a bunch of other things that you want to add to your wine fermenting lab but for now, keep it simple, buy the essential stuff and figure out where you want to branch out later.