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csh8428 01-18-2010 06:08 PM

Winemaking hardware same as beer brewing?
 
I have the middle home brew beer making kit: 1 primary, 1 seconday with spout, the bottling hardware, hydrometer, etc.

My wife would like to try winemaking and I was just wondering if I needed anything extra for winemaking. I know the ingredients and process will be different, but that's what the kits are for. I am only concerned about hardware.

Thanks,

Craig

david_42 01-18-2010 06:17 PM

Not really. If you were starting with fruit, you'd need a large mesh bag, but most kits are juice.

DaveAllen 01-18-2010 07:11 PM

You'll need a corker. Everything else is pretty much the same gear.

Yooper 01-18-2010 07:13 PM

For wine, ideally you'd have a carboy of the appropriate size for secondary. The wine kits make 6 gallons, so you'd need a 6 gallon carboy. (I'm not sure what a secondary with a spout is, so I don't know if you have one or not).

robertvrabel 01-18-2010 09:59 PM

I'm basically in the same boat as you.

So if the wine kits makes 6 gallons, it is safe to use a 6 gallon glass carboy primary that I use for my beer? Or do you need a larger carboy?

I'm guessing I'll need a 7 gallon as primary... and a 6 gallon as secondary... since I use 6 and 5 gallons for beer, but I'm not sure .

DoctorCAD 01-18-2010 11:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robertvrabel (Post 1819442)
I'm basically in the same boat as you.

So if the wine kits makes 6 gallons, it is safe to use a 6 gallon glass carboy primary that I use for my beer? Or do you need a larger carboy?

I'm guessing I'll need a 7 gallon as primary... and a 6 gallon as secondary... since I use 6 and 5 gallons for beer, but I'm not sure .

Correct. Min 7 gallon primary.

nebben 01-19-2010 01:04 PM

I wouldn't recommend using any plastic fermenters that have seen beer action, as they can make your wine smell/taste beery. Glass works great though.

kanielb1 01-19-2010 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nebben (Post 1820656)
I wouldn't recommend using any plastic fermenters that have seen beer action, as they can make your wine smell/taste beery. Glass works great though.


Somebody is not cleaning and sanitizing properly. I use the same equipment for both beer and wine and I have never had the problem you speak of.

robertvrabel 01-19-2010 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DoctorCAD (Post 1819603)
Correct. Min 7 gallon primary.

I'm having a hard time finding 7 gallon glass carboys. Do they only make those as high as 6.5 gallons... and if so, is that good enough to make wine kits in?

DoctorCAD 01-19-2010 06:56 PM

An 8 gallon fermenting bucket will do perfectly.

You need the top open so that you don't get a purple geyser during primary fermentation. A carboy has a small opening...


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