What equipment do I need to start making wine at home?


Very little equipment is required for making wine:

  • Primary Fermenter (plastic pail)
  • Secondary Fermenter (glass/plastic carboy)
  • Airlock for carboy
  • Syphon
  • Bottle brush
  • Carboy brush
  • Hydrometer with jar
  • Spoon
  • Cleaner & Sanitizer

    When you are ready to bottle then you'll need:

  • Bottles (approx 30)
  • Corks
  • Floor Corker (I rent one from the local shop)

I recommend purchasing a starter kit from your local homebrew/wine shop. They're normally really great and good prices.

  • Is a wine wand required? – sgwill Nov 11 '10 at 12:50
  • If you mean a bottling wand, sure! It makes bottling a lot easier and is not expensive. – Philippe Jul 17 '17 at 19:29

Another great source where my parents buy most of their stuff is at midwestsupplies.com.


Here are some good resources for making wine at home:



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