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Old 03-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Hi wine makers! I'm a homebrewer and my wife wants me to try to make a wine for her. What equipment do I need that I don't have already? I have a thief, a wort chiller, a couple bucket fermenters, a couple better bottles, hydrometer, so on and so fourth. What in addition do I need?

 
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Ingredients.

No really. Unless you're crushing your own grapes (versus sprouting your own grain, I guess), the equipment is really the same. Maybe wine bottles if you dont want to use beer bottles or kegs for your wine.

Just figure out the wine style you want to make.

I'd recommend trying out a kit or two.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:09 PM   #3
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I intend to try kits only really. Do you boil anything with wine kits or is it just add water, sugar, and yeast like cider?

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:37 AM   #4
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I intend to try kits only really. Do you boil anything with wine kits or is it just add water, sugar, and yeast like cider?
Most kits you add water to. They come with necessary additives, including yeast.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #5
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Yup, just add water. I just run a line right from my sink into the bucket.

If you want to modify the kit (which I would recommend trying the kit first if you can, then modifying it after), then you could. I think this depends on the kit too.

I wouldn't modify a $175 kit that is designed to age for a year or two. However, I would and do modify the $60 kits that are designed to be completely drinkable within 30 days of starting. You'll notice in the threads about "mist" wines that people do things with. (some people add sugar, some people like me, add part of the flavoring pack/sweetner to the initial step of the kit to make the wine stronger and less sweet).
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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The only thing you need with a wine kit that you may not have is a 6 gallon carboy. The kits make 6 gallons, and a 6.5 gallon carboy is too big for the kit during secondary.

Otherwise, you should have every thing you need except for a corker. Sometimes homebrew stores loan those out, but if not you'll need one. Good hand corkers are in the $25 range, but it's much easier to use a floor corker if you can get one.
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