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 pore 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.
Easily become a wine making expert by learning from one—the Master Vintner® Wine Starter Kit delivers exclusive first-class instruction from over 50 years of combined experience. The time-tested wine making process techniques of industry leader Tim Vandergrift are delivered in an easy-to-follow how-to DVD.
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
- Tim Vandergrift Instructional DVD
- Big Mouth Bubbler® Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
- Clean Bottle Express™ Degasser
- Universal Drilled Bungs (x2)
- Air Locks (x2)
- Auto Siphon Racking Cane, Tubing & Clamp
- 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 / 5.020 ReviewsJ FiskThe kit does have most every thing you need to get started but the 6.5 gallon primary carboy is not big enough to handle wine kits that have like extra ingredients like wine skins and so forth. On about the third day of fermentation wine started oozing right out the top do to lack of space needed for expansion. Would of had a huge mess if not in my utility room sink. Therefore I highly recommend getting the 7.9 gallon bucket primary along with the kit. the directions in the kit say to use a 7.9 gallon, believe them or you will have a huge mess!December 26, 2015Everything I neededI had received a 1 gallon starter kit as a gift and was hooked. Wanted to make a larger batch, so I purchased this kit. Came with everything I needed. I chose the glass carboy - may have chosen plastic if I had it to do over again. There�?���s nothing wrong with the glass one, it�?���s just HEAVY with 6 gallon of liquid in it! Brushes, cleaning solution, measuring tools, stirring tool�?��_everything. Great kit.March 27, 2016Fantastic product here!This is a fantastic product for the beginner, or the pro. Everything you need is included in this kit to make up to six gallons of wine at a time. We have been making it non stop for two years now, and make several different types of fruit wines. Everything from real fruit to fruit purees, to fruit wine kits.August 1, 2016The Perfect Christmas GiftMy wife and I purchased the Master Vintner?� Wine Starter Kit as a Christmas gift for our son. He was extremely excited and pleased and couldn't wait to bring it home and get started. We also purchased one of the Fruit starter kits and he is planning on making Peach wine as his first foray into wine making. I did learn (after he ordered it from the company), that the kit was missing the long mixing spoon. Other than that he informs us that he is happy with our Christmas gift.January 3, 2016Everything you need!The kit contains all the equipment you need to begin to make your own wine. Just need grapes or fruit and sugar. ENJOY!!December 21, 2015Love ItThis gear is perfectly fine for making great wine. I have added a few more carboys for simultaneous batches plus a second big mouth with spout but II still use the rest of the gear all the time. Good quality. Great price.July 21, 2017Purchased
6 months agoEXCEPTIONALGreat product. Great price. Great service. It arrived exactly as advertised and right on schedule. Great job Midwest Supplies.March 20, 2016Master vintner setThis is my first attempt at making wine. I just bottled the first batch and I am happy with the results. Looking forward to being able to open that first bottle and enjoy. Easy to follow directions with all the equipment needed.December 16, 2016Purchased
11 months agoPerfect replacementBeen brewing beer since '89 and took a break for a few years. Much of my equipment was in bad shape and I am beginning to make mead, so this fit the bill for both beer or wine/mead.July 3, 2017Purchased
4 months agoGreat product for a great priceThis kit comes with everything you need to make approximately 30 bottles of wine. The instructional video was extremely helpful and all of the tools made the process easy. Great product!May 22, 2017Purchased
6 months ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 16 questions Browse 16 questions and 29 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 Bubblerwhy 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.I 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 Suppliesafter 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.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 Supplieswhat 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 SuppliesWhat is the practical difference between the Glass and Plastic Secondary Fermentor? Is one considered better than the other?BEST ANSWER: Glass is considered better because it does not get scratches over time which could trap bacteria and contaminate your 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.Shouldn't the primary fermenter be larger than the secondary (carboy)?
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