What Do I Need To Make Wine?

Posted · Add Comment

To get started with wine making you will need very minimal kit and you could have your first bottle ready to go within just 5 days! All the kit can be used multiple times, plus with just the addition if a barrel you can use it if you decided to make beer and cider!

  • Sanitiser. Everything that your wine will come into contact with will need to be sanitised. This is essential, as if you do not sterilise, you could spoil the whole process and results.
  • Fermenter. You will need a fermentation bucket in order to make your wine. Our specialist fermentation buckets are specifically made for home brewing. They are also opaqued to prevent sunlight from damaging the fermentation and hardened to prevent scratching (Scratches could make infection more likely) and extend their lifespan. The size of the bucket you need will vary depending on the wine kit, our most popular and versatile is the 25L bucket.
  • Large Spoon (Not wooden due to potential bacterial infection) . A large spoon is needed to stir your wort during the fermentation process.
  • Secondary Fermenter. When the fermentation process has stopped, you need to syphon off the sediment and transfer the wine into another container, this would usually be a demijohn in wine making, however you can use another fermentation bucket as well.
  • Wine Bottles. These are for the finished product. You can then gift your delicious homemade wine to others.
  • Corks and Corker. You will need to use one of these to cork your bottles.
  • A Syphon Hose is used when you move the liquid from the first fermentation container to the second. It helps to remove the sediment from the wort. You can even get an auto-syphon hose which makes this process a lot easier.
  • Wine Kit. You can choose between a 6 bottle kit or a 30 bottle kit. They provide all the ingredients you need to create the perfect home made wine.
  • Air Lock; this is an essential piece of equipment when it comes to making your own wine. It allows the gas to escape during the fermentation process, whilst keeping pesky bugs at bay.
  • Another essential is a hydrometer. This helps you to gather a special reading on your wine to discover whether the fermentation process has completed. It comes with clear instructions and indicators so that you can see when your wine is finished and ready to progress to the next step. If you’re unsure on how to use a hydrometer; click on our handy guide here.

If you want to make wine from fresh fruit you can see some of our recipes on are blog under the tag country wine.