Locating Equipment for Making a Supply of Wine: What You Should Know




If you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, you’ve probably searched for equipment for making a supply of wine. If this is your first foray into such a search, hopefully this will provide you with a little help in finding the right supplier for the job. But where do you even start?

Your first step in looking for equipment for making a supply of wine is to check the internet. As everybody knows, everything can be found online. A quick search for “equipment making supply wine” on your favorite search engine will turn up a lot of results. If you are lucky enough to live in a region that produces wine you may be able to find a local supplier. If not, your search will likely yield dozens, if not hundreds, of results. You’ll find all sorts of results – most of which will be companies in winemaking regions.

So who should you go with? If you are lucky enough to have a local wine making supplier, that is your best choice. Your local supplier can not only give you all the equipment you need, but they can also give you crucial advice that you likely won’t get elsewhere. Sure, you can ask around online (and possibly get more knowledgeable advice), but with a local wine making supplier you can get that face-to-face interaction and partnership that can make all the difference. As long as the supplier is willing to share, that is. Most suppliers, you’ll find, are more than happy to share their love of the hobby with other enthusiasts and will be happy to help you along.

If you are one of those unfortunates that live nowhere near a region that produces wine, you’ll have to go with a winemaking supplier you find online. Many wine making suppliers have both a physical location that you can visit and an online business for dealing with folks like you that can’t drive down to the shop. The best thing to do when you look at these suppliers is to compare and contrast. Check the prices (including shipping) and see how they measure up. Most should be similar, but if you find one that is significantly higher make sure you check to see what you may be getting that you won’t find elsewhere. Regardless, don’t pay more if you don’t have to.

Next, make sure you are getting all the equipment for making a supply of wine you need. Most suppliers will have kits that make it easy for you to get everything you need in one easy package, but some simply have better kits than others. Make sure that whatever kit you buy has a corker, straight corks (rather than mushroom corks), sanitizing chemicals, hydrometer, fermenting vat, siphon and yeast. These are some of the essential items you’ll need, but some kits don’t come with all of them. If the kit you choose doesn’t, you can always purchase them outside of the kit, if that makes financial sense. Whatever kit you decide to go with, always follow up with a professional for advice!

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