Archive for January, 2012

Glass, or plastic?

To make wine at home, you need fermenters… a place to keep the grape juice, yeast, and whatever other additives are in the wine kit. There is a primary fermenter, which in the equipment package I have, is a large 30 litre plastic pail. There is also the secondary fermenter, which is also called a carboy. These can be either glass, or plastic. Fundamentally they do the exact same job, but which one should I use??

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Phone upgrading adventures

I was looking for a specific app I recently heard about for my Android phone. It was advertised as being in the Android Marketplace. I couldn’t find it through the marketplace app on my phone for the life of me. I looked at the web based marketplace, and there it was! “Click here to download app”, so I did. “Could not find object” was the message that popped up.

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Vinturi review

You often hear people say when they open a bottle of wine, you have to let it breathe. I didn’t really understand what was meant until I started developing a taste for, and appreciating wine.
Years ago, I received a wine decanter, and didn’t really know much about what went on other than it was a nice presentation. Turns out there are two good reasons for decanting your wine.

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Still much to learn

I stopped off at Wine Sense today. I was thinking about using the gift cards I still have to either buy some more equipment and possibly a different wine kit. One that might appeal a little more to the tastes of my wife. Unfortunately there weren’t any kits that were on sale that appealed to us, and I didn’t think it was necessary to buy any corks or additional cleaners/sanitizers…..yet.

I did however, leave with more information on what goes into the whole process. Information I would gladly have paid for but they were willing to provide at no cost. Just shows how they really take customer service seriously, and that if they understand a little help in the beginning will ensure future business.

Blogging Newbie

Since I am completely new to the world of blogging, if there is anything you might have experience with that you might suggest… please do so. I’m all ears.


I’d like to know if you’ve made wine at home before? How did it turn out? What kits (brand and grape) would you recommend? What mistakes have you made that you’re not going to make again??

I’m hoping to gather some information or tips & tricks from the experienced wine makers so I can both learn from things that just don’t appear in the instructions, and share that information with others.

Wine making? Me?

Wine. I think I acquired a taste for it probably when I was about 23. Sure, I drank it before then because it was easier to get drunk off it, but didn’t really enjoy it until I was older.

I never really thought about making wine until this past summer. I knew people that have made it, most enjoyed it, but anytime I drank homemade wine… well, it tasted homemade. Mediocre. Nothing fancy. Went well with dinner.

After looking into the process, and finding out there are many different qualities of wine kits that can produce wine as good as or better than commercial wines… why not try it?

“How much is all the basic wine making equipment?” I ask the guy behind the counter at probably theĀ  only wine supply store in Winnipeg that is open on a Sunday. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that expensive… at least less expensive than I had initially thought. I especially liked seeing the cost per bottle for the different kit wines. Between $1.60 for an economy kit on sale, and $4 for a premium kit. (Cost of equipment excluded). Plus with all the same gear, you can brew beer too! Wow, I’ll be able to save a ton of money, not that I’m constantly out at the beer vendor or wine merchant buying a ton of stuff.

My wonderful wife and in-laws collaborated in the months before Christmas to go out and buy me a starter kit of equipment and a wine kit! My parents and others were also in on the idea and purchased some gift cards so I could buy a few extra things like corks, some additional equipment that just make things a bit easier, and another kit.

In the upcoming days or weeks, I’m going to start making my first batch of wine. First thing I need to do is set up the space in my basement to keep the fermenter and my other equipment. After that, it’ll be mostly a waiting game while the yeast works it’s magic on the grape juice.

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