Welcome to Best Wine Making Kits! We’re here to help you learn about wine making, let you know what to expect from the process, and help you decide on what type of wine kits would be good for you to try out.
The most common question we’re asked is what type of wine making kit is good to start with? Or what are some good wine making kits for beginners? If you thinking of such questions, below are some of our recommendations.
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There are a couple of ways to look at and answer that question. If you’re new to making your own wine from kits, but have a good bit of experience with wine in general, then I’d suggest just selecting a good kit from your favorite type of wine. If you like red wine, then try a nice merlot or pinot noir kit. If you particularly like a specific type of wine – perhaps you’re a shiraz fan – then go for a wine kit of that variety. The point here is to play to your tastes.
If you’re a little overwhelmed by the intricacy and enormity of the task of making your own wines, then I would suggest going with a white wine kit. White wine kits generally have fewer ingredients than red wine kits, and the wine does not have to sit and age the way that red wine does. White wine kits are not necessarily going to be simple – at least it won’t seem that way your first time – but they are generally a bit more beginner-friendly than red wine kits.
Buying a Wine Making Kit
One thing to keep in mind when you’re buying a wine making kit is to make sure that you’re getting the type of kit that you need. There are some wine kits that only include the wine ingredients, and some kits that include the ingredients along with some or all of the equipment that you need. If you’re looking at wine making kits for beginners, then chances are the kit includes some equipment. This is good if you do not have anything yet. If, on the other hand, you’ve already made some wine and have all of the equipment that you need, you do not want to buy an equipment kit. Make sure to just get a kit with the ingredients that you need.
Wine Making Process
We cover the process in greater detail in our guide to using a wine making kit, but we’ll cover the basic steps of making wine from a kit here.
The most important thing to remember in the wine making process is to be sure to clean and sterilize anything that comes in contact with your wine or your ingredients. Nothing will kill a bottle of wine faster than some rogue bacteria getting in there and wreaking havoc.
There are three basic steps in the process of making wine from a kit: primary fermentation, secondary fermentation, and the clarifying and stabilizing stage. In primary fermentation, you’ll add all of your ingredients to the required amount of water in your fermentation bucket. Once the ingredients are all mixed in, you’ll add the yeast and clap the lid on to the bucket. The mixture will sit for about a week to let the yeast work.
After a week has passed, you’ll move on to the secondary fermentation stage. At this point you’ll rack the wine into a carboy, which will remove most of the sediment from the mixture, and allow the wine to continue to ferment. Some wine kits will have you add some additional flavoring ingredients at this point.
After about another week, you’ll be ready to move to the last stage of the process. You’ll rack the wine out of the carboy, and into either another carboy (if you have one handy) or into your fermenting bucket (temporarily). If you do not have another carboy handy, you’ll clean out the one that you do have and then rack the wine back into it from your bucket. There will be a couple more ingredients you’ll add to the wine at this point to help remove the last of the sediment, stop the fermentation process, and add some flavor.
About two weeks later, your wine should be ready to bottle. You can either use a hand-corker or a corking machine for this step. Hand corkers are less expensive but require more muscle to use them. You can check out a neat video showing a corking machine below. Once you’ve got the wine bottled, white wines will be pretty much ready to drink at this point, but red wines will need to age for a while longer to let their flavors intensify.
Bottling Wine and Using a Corking Machine