DetailsAnnouncing a partnership of epic proportions—Master Vintner® and winemaking authority Tim Vandergrift have combined forces to bring you the ultimate winemaking starter kit.
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)
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.046 Reviews"Corking Machine"Really liked almost the entire kit EXCEPT-to call the Bottle Corker "a Machine" is anything from the truth. I could accept it if it were called get a Rubber hammer to complete the task of Corking. I do like the Big Mouth Fermenter and the Glass Carboy, Think the kit should include carry straps in place of the useless corker piece.November 12, 2018Purchased
1 month agoFirst time wine.Making my own wine is something I've wanted to do for a while. This kit was excellent for a beginner and I plan to use it for a long time. I also purchased the Pinot Noir kit as well and we just bottled our first batch! We did 30 bottles and had a bit left for two glasses to celebrate. Pretty good for 2 hour vintage!November 8, 2018Purchased
1 month agoVery nice kit, well thought out and put together. Thanks again for a great productNovember 2, 2018Purchased
1 month agostarter kitWOW I just cant say enough about this company the starter kit had every thing you need to get going on your new adventure as a wine maker, great top notch quality equipment so easy to use and best of all the company backs what they sell !!!!!!!October 27, 2018Purchased
2 months agoWinemaking Starter Kit ReviewThis kit arrived in good condition and contained all the essentials for small batch winemaking. I still have yet to use some of the items (e.g. corker) that I am skeptical will work well. But all that I have used so far has worked very well. Specifically, the racking siphon does a fantastic job. It's genius for keeping the lees at the bottom of the fermenter and racking all the good wine to the new carboy.October 24, 2018Purchased
2 months agoGreat starter kit!I am super excited and am loving this kit! I love the big mouth bubbler so much for primary fermentation! It was beautiful to see the process happening and not wonder if it’s fermenting properly.October 18, 2018Purchased
1 month agoEfficient setupGreat setup. This is actually the second equipment kit I've gotten from this company, since I had to give up one for a 3000 mile move. This version is a big step up in quality, for the same price. I see it as a very good sign that they work to improve their products this much.October 13, 2018Purchased
2 months agoMaster Vintner Starter KitThe perfect kit to start with if you've never made wine before. It had everything I needed in the kit to make wine.. The wine turned out perfectly and I'm so excited to get the next batch started.September 27, 2018Purchased
2 months agoEverything needed to get startedHave my first batch going and so far everything needed has been included. Its a great kit for the novice like me.September 8, 2018Purchased
3 months agoYou need this kit, trust meThis has everything you could ever need for winemaking and then some. Trust me, your old stirring spoon is not long enough, you don't have a proper stopper and airlock, and you need this device called a hydrometer, it measures the alcohol content. You need the corks, you need the sanitation, regular dish soap will not work just fine, and you also need the two carboys. If you don't transfer from one to the other, you can always start two fermentations at once! But do yourself a favor, go with the floor corker if you don't want to exhaust yourself with the cheap red one. It will take all your weight to shove that cork in the hole with this one. I still use this equipment with each batch and it hasn't let me down. If you're just starting off this equipment will serve you well.September 3, 2018Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 21 questions Browse 21 questions and 40 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 30is the starter wine kit with a glass or plastic 6.5 wide mouth carboy?BEST ANSWER: Plastic Big Mouth BubblerShouldn'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.why 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.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 SuppliesI 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 SuppliesDoes 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,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 SuppliesIs 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.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?