- Is wine made with juice or concentrate as "real" as wine
made with grapes?
- Yes! During September and October, when grapes are available, fresh-pressed
juice is also available. These high quality varietal grape juices make
excellent wine with a plus being that they are already balanced for
acid and sugar and a serious amount of work has been removed by not
having to crush, destem and press the grapes. Which also means it's
not necessary to have such large equipment such as a grape crusher and
grape press. Concentrates are available 365 days per year and come in
many varietal styles. The most common and easy to use types of concentrates
come as 28 day or 4 week wine kits. Most of these wine kits produce
6 gallons each, are very easy to use and produce an excellent wine.
Many of our new winemaking customers are shocked and pleasantly surprised
to find out what a good wine these kits can produce.
Can I make as good a wine as what I can purchase?
- Yes you can! With a little reading or a few hours of instruction you
can make a very pleasant wine. Always remember that it's just as easy
to make good wine as bad wine. All that is necessary to become a winemaker
is a little patience and a basic understanding of the process.
How much patience is necessary?
- When using concentrates, it takes as little as I to 2 months to produce
an excellent wine. When using fresh grapes or juice it will take up
to I year to achieve your goal, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist
or biochemist. Regular every day people have been making wine for thousands
of years. Admittedly, some good and some bad, but with our newfound
understanding of wine yeast cultures, it is as easy as putting a glass
to your lips.
How much wine can I make and do I have to have a license?
- Licenses are not required in the United States for home winemaking
as long as you do not produce more than 200 gallons per year per household
and you DO NOT SELL the product.
Where can I buy the equipment and ingredients necessary to make this
- Arbor Supplies has everything the home winemaker needs. We stock a
terrific beginner I s 4 Week Winemakinq kit which includes everything
you need to make your first 6 gallon batch, including the ingredients
(which gives you a choice of approximately 30 varieties of red, white
or rosè wine. We also stock a wine equipment kit for those of
you who wish to use your own grapes, fruit, etc. to make a batch of
wine. Please check out our winemaking page and e-mail us if you have
How hard is it to make beer?
- If you can boil one gallon of water, you can make great tasting beer.
We have provided a simple to follow step by step instruction
sheet that will show you how easy it is.
How do I know if my yeast died?
- Most yeast strains are very viable and usually will ferment as long
as the temperature of the wort/beer or wine/must is at least 70 to 75
What is Specific or Starting gravity?
- This is the measurement of the beer or wine before fermentation starts
and tells you the potential alcohol you will end up with.
How do I know if my fermentation stopped to soon?
- Unless you take a hydrometer reading at the beginning of the fermentation
which is called your Starting/Specific Gravity you will not know if
your beer or wine is fermenting. As long as the numbers on the hydrometer
are dropping fermentation is taking place even if the airlock is not
What is priming sugar?
- This is the sugar that is added to the wort right before bottling
which will carbonate the beer in the bottle. Priming sugar can be corn
sugar or dry malt extract.
Five gallons of beer seems like a lot of beer. How many bottles is
- Five gallons makes approximately 2 cases (48 bottles) of beer. Believe
me when your friends and family taste your homebrew they will drink
it up before you do.