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Old 06-05-2007, 12:24 AM   #1
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I was getting all my ingredients for my first Apfelwein. Can't wait. Then I had a thought.. Yeah I know. What about wine? White or red? I have most of the carboys...

I have 3 5 gal carboys I can certainly use that for Ed's Apfelwein.. They sold me a bucket for the wine saying it would be easier as my primary to mix and stir the additives.. Was this a good purchase. I opted to not use bottling buckets when brewing beer. Just want to make sure I made a wise choice...

I bought a Pinot Gr. kit..

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Most wine kits make 6 US gallons of wine. Otherwise, any winemaking supplies are just like those supplies for beer except for a few chemicals you might need. Potasium metabisulfite for example is one- you can buy it as a powder or in tablet form. Tablets are easier- you use one per gallon, but more expensive. You can also use a sulfite solution for your sanitizing/rinsing of all wine utensils.

Check your instructions over carefully before starting- there is a list of equipment that you'll need and you will need more k-meta than is in the kit, too. Also, you need a corker (a hand corker is ok but a PITA) and corks and wine bottles.

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Do some of these additives put sulfites into the wine?

Isn't that what gives some the throbbing head ache that is notorious with wine and champagne?

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Yes, sulfites are generally used in wine but it's in very small quantities.

The sulfites don't give headaches (unless someone is truly sensitive to sulfites)- that's what alot of people think, though. Overconsumption does cause those headaches, though!
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