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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Supplies for Home Brew Winemaking

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Make sure you have all the necessary supplies BEFORE you start!! Check your local Brew store for the necessary supplies...shipping can really add up on some of the larger items!

  • One Step Cleanser
  • Wine Concentrate - Home Winery Supply provides the following ingredients as well (Yeast is $1.00 and is enough for one concentrate. Acid is $1.25 and is enough for one concentrate. Enzyme is $2.50 and is enough for 4 concentrates.)
  • Wine Yeast
  • Pectic Enzyme
  • Acid Package
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Super Kleer (if desired)
  • Sugar (6-10 lbs)
  • 6 Gallon Pail (One)
  • 5-6 Gallon Carboy (One)
  • Rubber Stopper & Air Lock - we have several extra Air Locks just in case 1 breaks, they are super cheap and can really make or break your wine!
  • Thermometer
  • Siphon Hose
  • Racking Tube
  • Large Spoon (long enough that it can reach into the bottom of the 5 gallon glass carboy and stir up all the wine)
  • Bottle Filler
  • Wine Bottles (ask friends and family to start collecting wine bottles, or check your local brew store for their old bottles...they usually sell them alot cheaper than the new ones!)
  • Super Grunge Remover (or similar item) this will be necessary if you are using recycled bottles that you need to get the sticky icky labels off!
  • Corks and Corker ... this wont be necessary until the final step in a couple months

The easiest option would be to buy a winemaking/homebrew kit...but that isnt always the least expensive option. Check garage sales and craigslist for wine kits and carboys. We got our wine kit at a garage sale for $10. Then if a few items are missing they are relatively inexpensive to replace instead of spending hundreds of dollars upfront for a home brew kit. Alot of the homebrew kits now come with plastic Carboys instead of Glass...so make sure to pay attention to what you are buying if you buy it online. The Glass Carboy is the most expensive piece to the wine kit so if you can get that seperately then you will be good to go! We slowly collected our supplies over about a years time and then when we finally had all the equipment then we took off, be patient and save money :)

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