Wine Making Supply

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Many people overlook the importance of a wine making supply when it comes time to get their, er, toes wet in the home distilling trade. A lot of new oenophiles picture themselves stomping about in their backyard squishing grapes they've harvested themselves, even though they live in Buffalo or Detroit. While this is a romantic image of the home-spun winemaker, it excludes some rather important realities.

Obviously, the most important thing needed to grow grapes successfully is the proper climate, which eliminates a goodly portion of the country. Environs may vary somewhat in their relative aridity and humidity, but cold climates (as well as excessively hot ones) are not conducive to growing. For this reason, would-be home vintners are encouraged to purchase their wine making supply already packaged and ready to go.

A Wine Making Supply Spoils the Fun

Actually, the notion that prepared wine making ingredients somehow ruins the romance is untrue. It's a lot less romantic to distill a batch of vinegar than to follow a few well-worded instructions to produce a drinkable product. To increase the likelihood of doing so, quell your agrarian instincts and stick to the grape concentrate included with your wine kit. There's still plenty for you to do and lots of room to wield your own influence over the final result.

The contents of your wine making supply kit will generally include anywhere from five to 10 gallons of pure varietal (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.), a pre-apportioned amount of yeast, and other additives. Your job is to mix the concentrate with the measured packets, mix the proper amount of water, then ferment, bottle, and serve your very own wine. Once you move to Sonoma county or the Alsace region of France you can begin talking about your own vineyards.


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