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Old 01-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 01-18-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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Not really. If you were starting with fruit, you'd need a large mesh bag, but most kits are juice.



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

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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).

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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 .

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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?
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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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