Originally posted by Stillalive
hmm well just some cups and a bottle to keep them storage. i wash it with water and soup..your saying i need stirilized tools?
that seems a bit..extreme,how did old people before did liquer,in the rennaisanse?
god i hope this is all just a big joke.
everything you use to make alcohol has to be put into sterilizer for at least 20 seconds, and agitated in it, the rinsed Quickly with clean water.
if you really want to make alcohol you are going to need at the least. these items(if you don't have these don even try, you will make yourself
plastic or glass, (i prefer glass)
* a syphon , made for home brewing (needs a little plastic tap on the end, you really need one of these or it will get very messy)
*a hydrometer (for knowing when the brewed wine is complete, this is an essential item and very cheap)
*a corker (for corking the bottles, when the wine is made.wooden ones very cheap)
* corks(we all know what these look like, you buy them from brewing shop also)
* an airlock for the demijohns, or it will just go stale and rot. these are the best ones(lets air out, not in) :
*some round paper coffee filters, unless you want cloudy wine. AND a decent size funnel, to fold filters quarterly, and put them in this.
* ONE of the most important things STERILIZER
* a brewing bucket, to sterilize everything in, and for mixing (don't underestimate the usefulness of these) get two, one big one smaller.
*some NEW wine bottles and if you like, buy some fancy labels. (wet back with damp sponge and apply)
this will set you back around 50 uk pounds, not much for a very rewarding hobby. you can make 5 bottles with one gallon, demijohn.
i think thats covered it all, but the most important thing you need is KNOWLEDGE. You wont get any where without that.
as you are new i would suggest buying a cheap wine kit. and buy the stuff i mentioned, that they don't usually include. it is very very easy to do
with these kits and you cannot go wrong.
when wine is ready, put on a high surface, such as your dining table and leave for 24 hours, don't even wobble the table. open it up(gently, don't
move demijohn, if you do. leave it for an hour to settle).
get second demijohn ready(sterilize and rinse) fold coffee filter in half twice, so you have a sort of cone shape, put in funnel. put funnel ontop of
prepared demijohn. put this on the floor, below other demijohn.
get your sterilized and rinsed syphon, gently lower glass/plastic(sometimes diff) into wine demijohn, about an inch above settled silt on bottom.
(best to use a bucket clip specially made for this, to hold it, and stop it disturbing bottom)
suck the tap end of syphon, until it almost goes into your mouth(its ok if it does, just spit it out, in sink) and lower this end of syphon to the
funnel on the floor.
the wine should now be flowing through the syphon, and through the filter, into the glass demijohn. DON'T leave it to itself, as the funnel will over
fill quickly, and you need to control the flow using the tap. it will take about an hour and 20 mins. (usually less) to completely filter the wine, it
is necessary to do it ,because the cloudy bits can make you feel sick. (dead yeast/sugar/fruit syrup)
once filtered you can put a bung into the demijohn. or you can now clean and sterilize your syphon, and some new glass bottles and bottle it. (do
its very easy to bottle them just Sao some corks in hot water, stick into corker, fill up bottle, put on floor, put corker on bottle. whack end of
corker with palm of hand a few times.(or a rolling pin)
That took a long time to write, read it all, if you cant be bothered, then this homebrew isnt for you.