Winemaking at Home – Most Needed Supplies to Get Started

Winemaking at Home

For Years we’ve been growing some fig trees in our backyard and this summer they had a bumper crop of beautiful figs.  It’s been a challenge to find how we wanted to use the figs until we tried making fig wine.

 

Years ago we made wine from various fruits, but work and kids got in the way and our equipment got stowed in the attic.  When we dragged it out, it was like starting from scratch figuring out what we needed to get this going.  The first thing we did was buy a new clean 5 gallon pail with a lid from Home Depot.

 

The figs had to be crushed and mixed with yeast for primary fermentation in that pail.  Figs have tiny seeds and lots of pulp.  Next time we do this we will try putting the must in some cheese cloth to contain some of the solids.  Home winemaking recipes include some chemicals like “pectic enzyme” and “yeast nutrient” which we found easy to order on Amazon.  We already had a 5 gallon carboy – that’s the big jug you do the second fermentation in and we had some gallon jugs to rack the wine into.  The purpose of this post is to let you know we found a lot of the strange things you need to get started making wine at home right on Amazon.com.  The picture shows our fig wine after the first racking.  It is a tastey rose wine with just a faint taste of fig.  We will definitely make it again.  If you plan to get started too, you might want to start saving some gallon jugs and empty wine bottles with stoppers.  Let us know how yours turns out.

These are the products we needed to buy to get started making the fig wine at home.  We already had an assortment of bottles and stoppers collected.  You might also want some kind of syphon or tubing to transfer the wine from container to container.

3 Piece Econo-Lock with Carboy Bung (Set of 2)3 Piece Econo-Lock with Carboy Bung (Set of 2)price Pectic Enzyme (powder) - 1 oz.Pectic Enzyme (powder) – 1 oz.price Yeast Nutrient - 1 lb.Yeast Nutrient – 1 lb.price Acid Blend - 8 oz.Acid Blend – 8 oz.price Lalvin 71B-1122 YeastLalvin 71B-1122 Yeastprice Campden Tablets (sodium metabisulfite) - 100 TabletsCampden Tablets (sodium metabisulfite) – 100 Tabletsprice

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