This kit includes all the hardware you need to make your wine! Just add grapes or Juice and you will be sipping your own wine in no time!
Break down of what is included
Alkaline Wash (2 oz. packet) - This is a small amount of cleaning powder, but it should get you through the first batch or two. Cleaning all of your brewing equipment after each use is extremely important if your goal is to consistently make great beer.
Star-San Sanitizer (4 oz jar) - This solution is to be mixed at a rate of 1 oz of Star San to 5 gallons of water. We like to mix up a batch of sanitizer on every brew day or bottling day and make sure all of our equipment that is going to come into contact with the beer is sanitized. This is assuming the equipment is clean to begin with. We recommend CLEANING all equipment after use, and SANITIZING all equipment prior to use.
Nylon Carboy Brush - This is the longer brush with a 90 degree curve at the end. This curve is made to allow you to reach all of the tough-to-reach spots in your 5 gallon PET carboy.
Nylon Bottle Brush - This brush is intended to clean stubborn residue that may form in bottles after a few uses
18” Boil Proof Plastic Spoon - Food grade, heat resistant plastic spoon used to stir your ingredients in during the boil. Also good for stirring your wort prior to adding your yeast. This plastic spoon will not scratch your plastic fermenter.
7.8 Gallon Food Grade Plastic Fermenter/Bottling Bucket - This will act as your PRIMARY fermenter, as well as your bottling bucket.
Adhesive Fermometer - An adhesive thermometer meant to be stuck to the side of your fermenting bucket. This will give you a good idea on what the temperature of your beer or wine is during fermentation.
3 Piece Cylinder Airlock - This piece allows CO2 created during fermentation to escape, but does not allow oxygen or foreign contaminants in. Stick this into the small, grommeted hole in the lid for your 6.5 gallon fermenter. Fill about halfway up with sanitizer solution.
Hydrometer - This piece should be wrapped up tightly in bubble wrap. It is a very delicate (they break quite easily), but important piece to the brewing process. It measures your specific gravity, which allows us to determine the amount of alcohol that is created during fermentation.
Auto-Siphon (w/ 5 feet of tubing included) - The auto-siphon is the long two-piece plastic item that should be in it’s own bag. One piece is a long plastic tube and the other is the plunger/racking cane that goes into the plastic tube. Attach the tubing to the top end of the racking cane (not the plunger, but the other side). You may have to heat the tubing up with hot water to make it more pliable, and easier to get onto the racking cane. The auto-siphon is arguably the most important tool in a home brewer’s arsenal. It allows us to “rack” (a fancy word for “transfer”) our beer from one vessel to the next without agitating the beer.
6 Gallon Glass Carboy - This is your ‘secondary fermenter’. It is a smaller size for a reason. The primary fermenter (your 6.5 gallon bucket) is larger to accommodate the foam that forms during fermentation. Once fermentation is complete (about 1-2 weeks after the yeast has been pitched), use your auto-siphon (make sure everything is SANITIZED!) to transfer the Wine to this 5 gallon carboy to further condition for another 1-2 weeks. Ideally, you will have a minimal amount of headspace in the secondary fermenter. Also, when transferring from the primary fermenter to the secondary, try to avoid the thick layer of sediment (known to brewers as the ‘trub’) at the bottom. This sediment is mostly made of yeast, proteins and hop matter. It is no longer needed once fermentation is complete. **Important Side Note: Always make sure your wine is done fermenting before you transfer it to the secondary vessel! Do this by taking consecutive hydrometer reading. Once the readings have stabilized over a 1-2 day period, the yeast should be done working and the beer should be ready to transfer.**
#10 Drilled Rubber Stopper - This piece goes into the opening on your 5 gallon Glass carboy. It is drilled to fit the 3 piece airlock, and keep the vessel sealed and safe from O2 and/or contaminants.
Auto Bottle Filler - Push-button start, Auto-Stop, Gravity-Fed, for easy and fast bottle filling
Portuguese Corker- A levered corking machine is an improvement over the plunger design. As the name implies, leverage is used to push the cork through a Tapered Section that compresses the cork, then into the bottle. The Portuguese double Lever corker is constructed of steel and plastic and is an economical choice for those getting into wine making.
Wine Thief / Test Jar - Draw, test and replace in one handy instrument.