When making wine from grapes there’s one piece of homemade wine equipment that you may want to consider, the grape destemmer. A grape destemmer can greatly speed things up by processing the grapes automatically instead you doing them by hand.
The grape destemmer crushes the grapes and removes the stems. All you have to do is throw the grape clusters into the hopper. The grape destemmer does all the rest.
Removing most of the stems is important when making wine. Too many stems, and your wine will be bitter from excessive tannins. Destemming is a step that should never be overlooked.
The grape destemmer is actually a very ingenious invention that makes life easy for anyone making wine from grapes. The grape destemmer first crushes the grapes. Then the grapes and stems are dropped into a perforated cradle. Fast turning paddles slap the pulp and juice through the holes, out the bottom. The paddles are at an angle that allows them to agar the stems out the side of the grape destemmer.
The grape destemmer we offer can do over 2,000 pounds an hour with just normal speed hand-cranking. It’s professional quality, made in Italy by the Marchisio Brothers and is available all throughout the year.
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.