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sapphire

Starting off

I've decided I want to have a go at making wine  & am looking for a few pointers as to things I will need to get started - I havent a clue  

Jonty

If I were you, I'd start off with a wine kit - they produce some great results and are quite inexpensive.  

By using a kit, you'll need to get most of the equipment you'd need to make wine from scratch, get used to cleansing/sterilisation etc and be pretty much guaranteed a bllody good wine at the end which will spur you on to become more adventurous.  

If you spend 6 months brewing some dandelion and raisin wine which turned out to be foul, it's less of an impetous to try again.

To do a kit wine, you would need a demijohn and an air lock, a nice to have is a hydrometer which measures the sugar content of the liquid pre & post fermentation and enables you to calculate alcohol content and as you get more familiar with the workings, control how sweet or dry your wine is.

Demijohn - rather than spend £5-£10 on a glass demijon or £5 on a plastic one, go to your local supermarket and buy a 5 litre botttle of their own brand water - they are all at 99p and are exaclty the same as a £5 plastic demi johns, all you need to do is drill a hole in the top for the air lock.

Sterilising - don't spend a lot on bespoke sterilising solutions or powder, it's all bleach.  I use tesco valu thin bleach (MUST be unscented) at 29p for 2 litres, for day to day sterilising, dilute it 20ml per litre of water and it does the job just as well.  I brew lots of beer and this works every time for me.
Polly

I brew wine on a strictly amateur basis with just a demi john, a rubber bung with a airlock in it and a length of tubing.  I did buy stuff like bottle corkers and various chemicals to start with but I found I could get by without them.  

I agree with Jonty about the bleach too - works just as good and is cheaper in the long run!

I've got a very easy recipe that I use if anyone would like it, I'll post it.  It will probably have you experts cringing but it makes a fairly good wine that people will do anything to get a bottle of!  
sapphire

Polly wrote:

I've got a very easy recipe that I use if anyone would like it, I'll post it.  It will probably have you experts cringing but it makes a fairly good wine that people will do anything to get a bottle of!  


& your recipe is......   please Polly  

Still havent started, have got 2 demi johns & still got to get an air bung thingy.
12Bore

Polly wrote:
I've got a very easy recipe that I use if anyone would like it, I'll post it.  It will probably have you experts cringing but it makes a fairly good wine that people will do anything to get a bottle of!  

Please!

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