DetailsAnnouncing a partnership of epic proportions—Master Vintner® and winemaking authority Tim Vandergrift have combined forces to bring you the ultimate line of winemaking starter kits. Find our full line of Wine Making equipment here.
The Master Vintner® Wine Starter Kit is the most comprehensive winemaking starter kit on the planet—equipped with all the tools you need to make top-quality wine in a fraction of the time. The crystal-clear Big Mouth Bubbler® PET Fermentor instantly shows you how your primary fermentation is progressing. Graduated gallon markings give you accurate volumes without ever taking a measurement. The ported lid, sized to fit all your tools, lets you test, transfer and taste your wine during primary without removing the lid. A convenient punted bottom ensures you transfer clear wine from the get-go so you don’t have to fuss over clarifying later.
The revolutionary wide mouth of the Big Mouth Bubbler® lets you get your hands dirty to keep cleaning time short. Best of all, this is the first starter kit that delivers finished wine faster. The new Clean Bottle Express™ Degasser enables superior wine in less time so you don’t have to wait to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Through unparalleled instruction and an all-inclusive equipment lineup, the Master Vintner® Starter Kit will teach you how to become a winemaking expert. It’s easier than ever to indulge your palate with a complex Cabernet, impress your friends with a well-rounded Merlot, and celebrate every occasion with your own hand-crafted Champagne.
- Big Mouth Bubbler® 6.5 Gallon Primary Fermentor
- Your Choice of Glass or Plastic Secondary Fermentor
- Big Mouth Bubbler® Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
- Clean Bottle Express™ Degasser
- Universal Drilled Bungs (x2)
- Air Locks (x2)
- Auto Siphon Racking Cane & Tubing
- Bottle Filler & Tubing
- 24” Plastic Spoon
- Carboy Brush & Handle (Glass Only)
- Bottle Brush
- Hand Corker & #8 Corks
- Lab Thermometer
- Triple Scale Hydrometer, Test Jar & 3-Piece Thief
- Sodium Metabisulfite
- FermagraF° - Adhesive LCD thermometer(x2)
Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.067 ReviewsCurrently doing my first kit...excited to try the wine I am making! Only thing different that I would do is to get a 6 1/2 gallon car boy.May 7, 2019Purchased
1 month agoVery nice, but temper expectationsIt is okay for me. Ordered glass bubbler besides the free one, got a plastic one. Seen another kit on YouTube, that dude got a dvd with his; envious. Still would recommend if asked, but not going to shout about it from the rooftops. Plan on using it often, next maybe mead and distilling. *WARNING* Dark Wine = Dark Stool. LOLMarch 31, 2019Purchased
3 months agoGreat kit to start making wineI am an absolute beginner in the wine making process. I bought this kit, bought a box of the Master Vintner Winemaker's Reserve - Cabernet and began the journey. Four weeks later my wife and I are enjoying a great Cabernet made ourselves. I've already bought my next recipe kit to start the process over again.March 30, 2019Purchased
2 months agoOkay, not great - Bubbler Lid FlawedOverall the Master Vintner Kit is an okay purchase/not great. The biggest flaw is that the lid for the bubbler doesn’t keep its seal, and the CO2 pressure pushes the lid up just enough so air can get in. We’ve had to use duct tape to keep the lid on properly during fermentation. Secondly, I’d advise those using the corker to soak the corks for quite a while beforehand, if you don’t, it will be extremely difficult to get the cork into the bottle using this corker. I left the corking process with a large bruise on my hand as a result of how difficult it was.I’d recommend this product for beginners who want to get started at a cheap entry price to see if they like it. If they like it, it would probably make sense to upgrade.March 25, 2019Purchased
3 months agoNot awful, but certainly not great.I got the glass secondary which is very good quality seems nice and heavy, the degasser seems like a piece of PVC with holes with weedeater string through it. The Corker is awful, I had to use a mallet to drive number 8 corks in with this plastic thing I'll have to upgrade just to do these bottles. It will do the trick, but it could definitely use some higher quality gear.March 13, 2019Purchased
2 months agoEverything that you need and moreReally easy to use - has everything that you need and more. Can't believe how good my wine turned out!March 7, 2019Purchased
4 months agoJust bottled my first try at wine. Moscato. Actually tastes like Moscato. Extremely easy. Just follow the instructions. Took longer to clean and sanitize the bottles than to make the wine.March 3, 2019Purchased
4 months agoGood equipmentThis had everything I needed to make a delicious first batch of Shiraz. It was a decent price when it was discounted, so I'd recommend waiting for 20% off. The only piece I'm unsure of is the plastic big mouth bubbler. It worked great for the first batch, but I'm seeing some scratches already and am not sure how long it will last. I learned my lesson though - I probably shouldn't be cleaning it with the brushes in this kit.February 5, 2019Purchased
4 months agogood starter kit for home brewinggreat starter kit everything you need to start brewing,order arrived when it was supposed to.better instructions as far as know what everything is but not hard to figure out.February 3, 2019Purchased
4 months agoAwesome kit. Everything you need to start the magic. I bought the better floor type corker to replace the corker that came with the kit. Can't wait to bottle the goodness. I am ordering another kit soon to brew another type of wine along with the Pinot Grigio.January 27, 2019Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 24 questions Browse 24 questions and 47 answersWhat do you need to buy with this kit?BEST ANSWER: A wine kit to make your first batch! Oh and you will need bottles. I de-labeled and cleaned ones we had, they are expensive to buy every time you will need around 30Shouldn't the primary fermenter be larger than the secondary (carboy)?BEST ANSWER: You could use either one as the primary fermentor, or use them both and just wait longer for the fermentation to clear to the bottom. I add either water or juice to the secondary to fill it to the top, and it doesn't affect the flavor at all. But I've also left a good amount of headspace and the airlock keeps it just fine.is the starter wine kit with a glass or plastic 6.5 wide mouth carboy?BEST ANSWER: Plastic Big Mouth BubblerI just bought a small vineyard with my new home with 6 variatles on the property. I want to make wine from my own grapes. Do you have a kit for that... with out the juice?BEST ANSWER: Yes, we do! You could use the larger Wine Starter kit,(#U7620) and get the additive bundle (#8214) that has all the needed wine additives, and make 6-gallon batches with that gear. We also have a kit package for making 3-gallon batches from your fruit (#41820) , that might be just right! Or, you could start out with one-gallon batches, with the Fresh Harvest Fruit Winemaking kit.( #40295) That might be a good way to get started, and learn about the process. -Mike W, Midwest Supplieswhy do the wine expert kits say to use a 7.9 gallon primary fermentor? What is the 6.5 gallon carboy used for?BEST ANSWER: Most all the kits tell you they make 6.5 gallons of finished wine. You need a larger fermentor that 6.5 gallons because of the fermentation expands the liquid ( ie: lots of bubbles). The 6.5 gallon carboy is for clearing and stabilizing at the point where fermentation should be complete.You would have the carboy filled to within two fingers width of the bottom of your airlock cork.Does the starter wine making kit comes w the fruit juice already?BEST ANSWER: No, it does not. Because of so many varieties out there, they leave it up to you to choose which flavor you want to work with after you buy the starter kit,what wine kit would you use to make champaineBEST ANSWER: It's tricky making a wine "sparkling" ( carbonated ) but it can be done with almost any wine. You need to bottle it differently, and it cannot be stabilized in the normal way. It would need to be bottled in Champagne bottles or some other bottles that are made to withstand internal pressure, and not in regular wine bottles with corks. If a person can keg the wine, it's very easy! But making true "Champagne" in the traditional sense is quite involved, and requires several extra steps. But a person could make a sparkling wine out of any of the wine kits, if desired. It would typically be a white or blush, and can be sweet or dry, depending on taste. - Mike W, Midwest SuppliesDoes this kit contain a warming belt?BEST ANSWER: NO, I use a heating pad on low to get 72 degrees on my ferment bucket.Can I make beet wine using beets or grape wine using grapes?BEST ANSWER: Beets and grapes have enough natural starches to be fermented. However, additional sugar would need to be added for a higher alcohol level. In some places adding sugar is offensive. Also bear in mind the yeast, as that determines flavor and the amount of starches converted to alcohol. A high activity yeast, like champagne yeast will result in low sweetness (higher dryness).
One of the pleasures in life may be blending the two with a good yeast to yield a new product.
Best of luck. I'm not sure what prompted the question, but theres no shortage of good advice or product on this site !!after the 6 - 7 weeks of fermentation in the 1 gal jug, can I just cap it and bottle in the 1 gal jug instead of the 750 bottles?Master Vintner® Starter Wine Making KitBEST ANSWER: You'd usually NOT want to do this, as there will be a good amount of sediment that will have dropped out of the wine in secondary. The amount will vary with different fruits, and the timing. You'd be better off transferring it to a clean jug after doing any clarifying and stabilizing, then it would be fine to keep like the wine like that.What is the practical difference between the Glass and Plastic Secondary Fermentor? Is one considered better than the other?BEST ANSWER: Plastic does tend to scratch which allows for bacteria to grow and cannot be cleaned out properly. The plastic is lighter to maneuver into the sink and the wide opening allows for easier cleaning, but any hot water can also warp the plastic. Glass is heavier than plastic as well, but the peace of mind from leaving it for months at a time without worrying about leeching is a comforting thought.How Do I prevent insects from getting into my wine?BEST ANSWER: Use the lid and airlock that comes with the kit. It should be indoors in a cool dark location also.can I use 1 gallon bottles? would cleaned store bought wine bottles work? Can they be corked if it had a metal screw off cap? thanksBEST ANSWER: 1. Yes, you can bottle your wine into 1-gallon jugs if desired. 2. Yes, you can re-use wine bottles, if cleaned and sanitized. Wine bottles are standardized, so any cork-style bottle can be corked again with a #8 or #9 cork. 3. No, if a bottle came with a screw-top on it, it cannot be corked with a regular wine cork; those bottles are not made to withstand the outward pressure at the neck, and it will likely break. If you save the screw-tops, you can often re-use them, but not in all cases. We usually recommend just saving cork-finish bottles, but some people do re-use screw-top bottles successfully. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesDoes this include the recipe kit I want to buy everything I need at once ? Thank youBEST ANSWER: Juice is not included in the kit. You will need to order that separately. Hope this helps!Is there an expiration date on the Cabernet juice? I was sick and have had mine for a year and now ready to make it.BEST ANSWER: We recommend using wine ingredients in a 6 month to 1 year window. Wine juice with its high sugar content is very shelf stable. Your ingredients should still be fine to make a batch of wine.would like to make mead, in large batches, is this a good kit? Which kind of Yeast is best for Mead? Also I would like to make multiple batches at a time, what extra equipment would I need?BEST ANSWER: Yes, this kit will provide what you need and more. Suggest you get the glass 6.5 gal "Bubbler" for mead, although the plastic units are lighter weight and hold up well. For multiple batches, purchase additional 6.5 gal glass Bubblers. You may also want to consider investing a few bucks for an upgraded wine thief, and for corking your bottles, nothing beats investing in a floor corker. Mead is not my area, so for yeast varieties that are best for Mead, you'll need to contact the experienced experts at Midwest. Cheers.Few questions:
1. What is "OneStep". What is that and how is that important in my wine making. You don't have a description of what it is.
2. I understand these ingredients are good for one 6-gal batch. Can I buy additional ingredients if I want to do more wine? Do you sell individual "things" that I will run out sooner or later.?BEST ANSWER: One Step is cleaner/sanitizer.
This starter kit is meant to be used with any of the wine recipe kits that we sell. Outside of the cleaner/sanitizer the recipe kits will have all the ingredients you need.I have a few gallons of fresh blackberries. Is the Fresh Harvest Kit the best and how little of a batch can you make. I see that there is a 3 gallon glass bottle instead of the 5 gallon as is in the Master Vintner kit.BEST ANSWER: With a small amount of Blackberries like that, it may be better to go with the kit-package set up to make 1-gallon batches of wine. Take a look at the Fresh Harvest Fruit Winemaking kit ( http://www.midwestsupplies.com/master-vintner-fresh-harvest-fruit-winemaking-kit.html ) That might be the best choice. The larger kits are to either make 3 gallon or 5 gallon batches of wine, and that would require a larger amount of fruit. The 1-gallon kit set-up would be a manageable batch size for that amount of fresh fruit. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesFirst time wine maker. Which kit is better for making wines from your own fruit? The Master Starter Kit or the Master Fresh harvest Kit?BEST ANSWER: The Fresh Harvest kits would be the way to go. The regular Master Vintner Wine Starter Kit is set up to ferment the 6-gallon boxed wine kits, and has no additional wine additives. The Fresh Harvest kits have the wine additives, the yeast, etc for producing wine from your own supply of grapes or any other fruit. If you intend to make small batches, get the One-Gallon kit ( SKU 40295 ) , if you will be making bigger batches, get the 3-gallon set-up. ( SKU 41820 ) -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesCan this kit be used to make wine from your own fruits or just the concentrates?BEST ANSWER: David,
Thanks for the question! Yes, this kit can be used to ferment your own fruit wines as well as concentrates.Can you make smaller batches say 3 gallons with this kit?BEST ANSWER: You could do three gallons but we recommend purchasing a 3 gallon carboy for secondary then.Can you deliver to Qatar?what's the best yeast to use for fruits, also the best kind to use for the concentrates or does it matter?What's the best yeast for fruit wines, also best kind for just concentrates?