When you are buying your winemaking supplies, you have to also think of if you’ll have enough bottles which you can put your wine in when it is time to age the wine. Certain people collect wine bottles as soon as they have decided to start making wine. These people save the sort of bottles that have long necks in order to be able to cork them and they ask people who they know to help them collect such bottles as well. It also saves you the cost of buying new bottles which may not be particularly expensive but which saves money anyway.
You should also ensure that the bottles which are being reused are clean and have been sanitized as well. This is usually because the smallest bit of anything in a bottle can easily ruin the quality of your wine. You should commence by soaking all the labels off these bottles. The bottles should be soaked in a strong detergent. A good sanitizing agent should also be used to ensure that they are really clean as well. If you own a dishwasher, you should also make extra precautions and check if these bottles are really clean. If you’re making your first batch, you’ll usually need something between thirty to fifty bottles. Bottles when bought tend to be sold in dozens.
If you couldn’t get enough free and used bottles for your winemaking, buying should be an easy thing for you. A lot of bottles exist for purchase and they vary in size and shape but in the end you have to choose what works for you. Some of these bottles tend to gave various purposes but they are usually purchased depending on personal preferences. They also tend to come in a number of colors and these colors are clear, green, amber or blue for a number of the regular bottles.
A typical wine bottle should hold an average of 750ml of wine. Smaller bottles also exist which tend to hold 375ml and larger ones which may take up to 1.5l also exist. Using the typical one is usually what most people choose to do instead. You can make use of larger ones if you’re planning for a family event of if you need to do so for logistical and storage reasons.
In terms of corks, you can get those which are natural or synthetic. Some people prefer natural corks while others have a positive bias for man made ones. Any wine corks that you use should be FDA approved and should seal instantly, they should also be trouble free in the aging process and easily extractable with good corkscrews. When you are purchasing corks you should also remember that the size of cork which you purchase depends on the length which you want your wine to age. Anything more than six months will usually require much longer corkscrews. Any good winemaking supply store should have all that is needed. You can either find such stores on the web or by visiting one that is close to you.