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Winemaking Equipment & Ingredients List

 

For most beginners, the hardest thing about making wine is simply figuring out, in advance, what equipment is going to be needed. This list should set most of these fears to rest.

 

Equipment

You will need the following:

  1. Siphon Hose and Racking Tube
  2. Hydrometer (Saccharometer) and Test Jar
  3. Acid Testing Kit
  4. Sulfite Test Kit
  5. Crusher or Stemmer/Crusher (de-stemmer needed for red wine)
  6. Press
  7. Corker
  8. Thermometer
  9. Pressing Bag (optional)
  10. Funnel
  11. Bottle Filler
  12. Small Bucket

 

For every 75 lbs. of grapes:

  1. FOR RED WINE - Primary fermentation: 10 Gallons of capacity in a food-grade bucket and Lid  
  2. FOR WHITE WINE - Primary fermentation: 6 Gallons of Capacity in a sealed fermentor glass or PET carboy (water bottle), demijohn or stainless wine tank, with a fermentation lock and drilled rubber stopper fitted to the opening.
  3. FOR BOTH RED & WHITE WINE - Secondary fermentation - 5 gallon of capacity in a glass or PET carboy (water bottle), demijohn or stainless wine tank, with a fermentation lock and drilled rubber stopper fitted to the opening.
  4. Extra glass jugs, each with a fermentation lock and #6 drilled rubber stopper. These could be gallon size or smaller.
  5. Twenty-five wine corks.
  6. Two cases wine bottles.

 

Ingredients

  1. Wine Yeast, (1 gram) per gallon of must or juice.
  2. Grapes, (16 lbs.) per gallon of wine.
  3. Tartaric Acid as needed to raise the acidity, or Potassium Bicarbonate to lower the acidity.
  4. Sulfite as needed.
  5. Yeast Nutrient (5 grams per 100 lbs.), typically Fermaid K.
  6. Fining Agent, such as Sparkolloid.
  7. ML Starter for some wines.

 

Harvest & Wine Math

We have developed a worksheet for your harvest math.  It will help you estimate volumes in the field and winery to estimate your needs for fermentors, totes, press size, and bulk storage capacity.

Read it now.

 

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