Home brewing, like fishing or model making, is the kind of hobby that requires a fair amount of accessorising. This is one of the reasons that Wares of Knutsford felt it was a good idea to launch a specific home brewing department on our website, so that visitors can quickly and easily find all the wine making accessories they need in one place.
Wine making accessories for brewing
Making wine is quite a scientific process, requiring specific measuring and monitoring to ensure a professional result. Before beginning, you need to make sure all of your equipment is clean and sterilised, to avoid contamination with bacteria which can spoil your home brew. Kilner steriliser tablets are easy to use and are super concentrated so a little goes a long way.
A hydrometer and trial jar are used to take small samples during the brewing process to measure the specific gravity of the liquid, which means how dense it is. This allows you to test the alcohol content and ensure your wine is fermenting properly.
You’ll also need an air lock to allow carbon dioxide produced during the fermentation process to escape, without allowing air to enter the vessel.
A siphon is used to transfer liquid between containers cleanly while avoiding contamination. Wares of Knutsford likes the Kilner siphon with a tap and sediment trap, while gives good control over the liquid flow.
You can also buy a mixing spoon, straining kits and thermometers in our home brewing department.
Wine making accessories for bottling
Jars and bottles are core products at Wares of Knutsford. You can buy standard 75cl wine bottles in the traditional shape in clear or green glass, and corks in bags of 12. If you’re looking for another way to present your wine, there’s a huge choice of different bottles available in lots of sizes and styles, including a five litre demijohn in green glass with a loop handle for easy transportation.
Complete kits for making wine
If you are new to home brewing, don’t feel daunted by the list of equipment you need and stories of fermenting vessels exploding and foul tasting, vinegary wines. An easy place to start is with a complete kit, so that you have all the equipment and ingredients you need along with a complete set of instructions. At Wares of Knutsford you can buy a Kilner Complete Starter Kit containing all your essential kit including a 25 litre fermentation bucket, plus two wine making kits: Make your own Cabernet Sauvignon and Make your own Pinot Grigio. These contain all the ingredients you need for delicious red and white wine.