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Old 03-04-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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So I'm making my first batch of wine soon at a hobby shop. But if I wanted to start at home, how much would equipment cost? My experience is this: I've brewed one batch of Kombucha lol. So, I have no experience really should I just pay the money to do it at a shop? Or start on my own?

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Also I'd love to know the best brands of Reisling before I brew!

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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So I'm making my first batch of wine soon at a hobby shop. But if I wanted to start at home, how much would equipment cost? My experience is this: I've brewed one batch of Kombucha lol. So, I have no experience really should I just pay the money to do it at a shop? Or start on my own?
The thing about wine making is you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. If I were to go out and buy all of the things I feel are necessary it would be a few hundred dollars...but the bare necessities are under 100 at a lhbs.

The beauty of wine making is it's a hobby that is frequently started and dropped so the used market is flooded with equipment.
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The bare minimum basics for wine are not that different then they are for beer:
A Fermentation bucket with lid and airlock
A secondary container (carboy) with stopper and airlock
A spoon
A hydrometer
A test jar for the hydrometer
A Corker
Corks
A syphon tube
Sanitizer and cleaning solutions

Additional equipment is more helpful than required:
An Auto syphon
Bottling bucket and bottling wand
A nicer corker/bench corker (If you end up doing large/many batches, this is really helpful)

The carboy is the most expensive part of this (except, maybe the optional bench corker). If you decide to go with country/fruit wines, then you will need a collection of additives, which ones depends on the recipe and fruit you are using.

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Don't forget pH meter. so2 tester and acid tester. Not a cheap hobby by any means!

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that basic equipment looks about right. I bought my kit used for I think $50 off CL. Had to pick it up. It had a bucket, a carboy, stoppers, hydrometer, corker, syphon tube and that was about it. - might hav ebeen some things like sanatizer or something. Anyhow if you just do kits, that is about all you will need and should be able to get it for <100 either at LHBS or IHBS, or Creaiglist. IF you start doing your own from scratch, then you might need more equipment. - oh and empty bottles, try your friends.

My wife like the green apple reisling by Island mist.

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Don't forget pH meter. so2 tester and acid tester. Not a cheap hobby by any means!
But, those pieces are not immediate requirements, and actually not needed if you make kits.
Many people make wine and never use them, plus you can use a $15-20 pH meter (like that used in hydroponics, pool testing)--I have used my eBay cheapo since I started in 2010 with no issues. The acid test kit is $6-10, and it costs about $5 to replace the reagents. I really should add the SO2 test kit this year, it is time. What I REALLY want is a refractometer so I can easily determine the Brix of fruits/juices & that is $25-35.
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Don't forget pH meter. so2 tester and acid tester. Not a cheap hobby by any means!
Even all those are pretty inexpensive...I'd say all in all wine making is a really cheap hobby.
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Of course the others are right, if you make kits you don't need the extras. Although one kit I did I wished I had the extras.

I make mostly fresh fruit recipes and a few kits like the mist type kits and some ports.

SO2 is important so you will know if you have enough kmeta for storage and those are very expensive.

Most will come out to around $3.00 a bottle and you cannot buy a decent wine for that amount.
I make wine during my slow time in my business as a way to pass time.

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Does anyone make organic wine here?

I get a headache from read wine but am told that making my own would solve that. I love the flavor.

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