Topic: Equipment-and-Gear

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Build a Temperature-Controlled Wine Storage Box

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A home winemaker from California’s Sierra Foothills shares his design for an air-conditioned wine storage room he built for his garage.

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Build Your Own Basket Press

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Build this basket press using HDPE plastic.

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One Wall Winery: One World. One Winery. One Wall.

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If you have a free wall in your garage, you can have your entire winery organized there. See the plans by Steve Hughes.

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Lab Equipment: Storage Cabinet

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Over the years…I’ve accumulated lots of pieces of fairly delicate labware to perform a number of winemaking tests. After recently remodeling my garage winery with some cast off kitchen cabinets I got

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Fermentation Temperature Control

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This cooling setup keeps wine must within just a few degrees of target temperatures.

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Wine Pump Options

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Wow, can I fly to the Philippines for a little research and equipment-scouting trip? We can sample some of your wine, do a little research into tropical fruit winemaking, go see what

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Proper Equipment Storage

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When done using your winemaking equipment, make sure it is properly cleaned and stored so it will be ready to use next harvest season.

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Screwcap Closures

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Those are all great questions, let me see which order I’ll tackle them in. Firstly, we discuss corks for the most part on the pages of WineMaker Magazine not because they’re the

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Introduction to Winemaking

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Welcome winemakers! Although you’ve entered a part of the website labeled our “Beginner’s Guide,” we purposely designed it to incorporate the essential skills and knowledge that successful winemakers of all levels must


Fermentation and Aging Containers

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Oak, Glass, Plastic, and Stainless Steel wine container must be sturdy enough for the purpose and not likely to introduce negative changes to the wine quality. Size is important, depending on the

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Fermenter Options for any Size Home Winery

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When setting out to make wine from grapes, one of the first major decisions is what you will use as a fermentation container. For most winemaking, you will need a primary fermenter

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Choosing Your First Fermenter

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Explore the options for your first fermentation vessel.


Design your Home Winery

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We have had many customers at Blichmann Engineering ask about using our fermenters for winemaking, which is why I decided that I needed to learn more about making wine. My first batch

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Using Variable Volume Wine Tanks

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Over the past few years I have made larger ­­­and larger batches of wine, and as a result the number of carboys I use has really added up. Each year I try

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Empty Airlocks

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It sounds to me like some “bad bugs” (ambient bacteria or yeast cells) got into your wine. After four years of aging, having a batch infected due to a bad airlock must

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Choosing and Using a Wine Pump

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Many a home winery gets by just fine with no pump at all. If your hobby grows, though, you may find that many routine tasks are made simpler with the help of

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Build Your Own Destemmer-Crusher

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Don’t want to fork over the money it costs to buy a destemmer-crusher? Good with your hands? Try building this!


Small Space Winemaking Techniques

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In large wineries, functional spaces are usually separated. There may be a crush pad, one or more fermentation rooms, and a cellar or cave for barrel aging. Most of us at home

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2016 Best New Gear

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Hot new winemaking products hitting the market in 2016.

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Moving Wine with Pumps

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Wine is frequently transferred or “racked” into another vessel to leave the byproducts of the process (known as lees) behind. If you make larger batches of wine at home, using a pump can make this process easier.

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The Retirement Plan

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All good things must come to an end . . . and that includes your winemaking equipment. Let’s run through the signs of when it’s time to replace equipment, when it can be restored, and how to best preserve it for a few more seasons.

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Choosing A Wine Press

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There are two common options to choose between when it comes time for home winemakers to press their grapes. Take time to weigh the benefits of a basket press and bladder press before the fall harvest and determine which one best suits your winemaking needs.

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Starter Winemaking Equipment

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Here’s the equipment you’ll need to get started at making wine.


Refractometer vs. Hydrometer

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That is a great question. The “simple” answer is that no, hydrometry and refractometry are not interchangeable and that you shouldn’t try to use a refractometer during active fermentation. Refractometry relies on

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In the Wine Lab

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Sooner or later, if you make wine at home, you are going to do some chemical analysis. To establish (or expand) your wine testing capability, what will it take? There are some


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