Originally Posted by schneemann
I'd like to get into making some wine, but I feel in the dark about what, exactly, it takes to make it.
I have the equipment for making beer:
2 6.5 gallon carboys
3 5 gallon carboys
1 bottling bucket
I purchased a 6 gallon carboy upon hearing that I'd need it.
Is there anything else I'd need? I keep seeing all this other stuff like filters and stuff.
I don't filter any of my wines, so I would say you don't need anything like that. I think that in many ways, wine is "easier" than beer. You just need to have more patience!
What are you hoping to make? A wine kit generally has everything you need for 6 gallons of wine (a 6 gallon carboy is really a necessity for that, though) and makes pretty darn good wine. You'd need a corker of some sort (your LHBS may rent them) and that's about it. If you want to make "country wines', check out some of my recipes. I often use a one gallon jug (like a Carlo Rossi wine jug, with a #6 stopper and airlock) to make one gallon batches of different wines. Aside from a few assorted recipe items, you should have everything you need, if you have some racking tubing and a hydrometer.
My favorite winemaking website seems to be down right now, but I'll post a link when it is back up. Winemaking is like anything- it can be simple, or it can be very complex. A simple country wine, though, like my apple juice wine, can be easy and drinkable quickly.