Most at home wine making recipes come with a list of equipment but there are certain items that are going to be needed no matter what type of wine is being made. Without this equipment, you are not going to get the best quality of wine when you are making it at home.
• 2 or 3 One Gallon Glass Jugs – These jugs need to be sterilized with either hot water or Campden tablets. The tablets should be dissolved in water in order to activate them for use. Keep the water in a sealed jar for future use. When all else fails, mild bleach water can work for sterilization as long as it is rinsed off any of the objects it is sterilizing.
• Airlocks – These allow for a tight seal on the jug while the wine is fermenting. They are great because they also allow the gas to be released during the process. If you do not have this set up, you can also use plastic wrap with a rubber band to create a tight seal.
• Funnel – It is important to use a funnel that has only been used in the kitchen. Any funnels that are used for your vehicles should be avoided. Spend the couple extra dollars and get a funnel that is to be used in the kitchen only. Make sure it is sterilized.
• Stirring Rod – This also needs to be sterilized and should be long enough to get to the bottom of the jug. Long chopsticks will work or you can use a wood dowel that has been purchased from the DIY store.
• Three or Four Feet of Rubber Hose – This should be sterilized as well, but do not use hot water on it as this can break down the rubber. The tubing is going to be used to rack the wine one or two times during the fermentation process. It needs to be clean and durable. This can be found at home improvement stores or wine making stores.
The previous is a basic list of equipment that is going to be needed to make wine. If you prefer the green method of boiling water to sterilize items, then you should also have a huge pot of boiling water such as the largest stock pot you can find. It needs to be large enough to hold the gallon jugs with water just covering them. They need to boil for at least fifteen minutes to be considered sterile.
When you have the right equipment and the know-how, you can ensure that your wine making attempts will be successful. You can create your own wine at home that you will be proud to tell others about and even have your guests taste.