My husband is interested in making wine. We have vines and vines of grapes every year that either go for making jelly or the birds. We have tried all around us in Live Oak, Florida to find kits and my niece in California found you. We would need a starter kit with directions. Plenty of directions. If you could tell us what we need to order we will be glad to do so.
Thank you very much, Sarah E.
We have three different homemade wine kits. Two of them are for making wine from concentrated grape juice. Then we have the one you would need for making wine from your grapes. It is call the “Your Fruit” Necessities Box. It contains all the essential wine making materials, ingredients and homemade wine equipment you will need to get started.
This wine kit also includes the book, First Steps In Wine Making which features tons of wine recipes, homemade wine instructions, tips and insights. In addition, for even more specific information on making grape wine I would suggest that you take a look at the article, Wine Making With Grapes, that is listed on our website.
This “Your Fruit” Necessities Box is for making up to 5 gallons of wine at a time. If you think your batches will be larger than this you may want to consider additional containers to handle the extra volume as needed.
It takes approximately 80 pounds of grapes to make 5 gallons of wine. You can destem, crush and press this amount by hand fairly easily, but as the volume goes up, so does the size of the chore involved. For larger batches you may want to consider taking a look at our grape presses as well as our grape destemmer/crusher. Otherwise, you can do this processes by hand just fine.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.