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  • What is the best source for wine making, either book or website? How about winemaking supplies?

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    Question by kevin kelly

Most of my experience has been with beer and mead, but there's quite a bit of crossover between those and winemaking.

Info - There's all sorts of info on the web. I'd start with homebrewtalk.com and the homebrewing and winemaking groups on reddit. Two books that I can recommend that will provide you with useful techniques you can carry over to winemaking are The Compleat Meadmaker and The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible. They should both give you a pretty good idea of what to do to turn grape juice into a fermented beverage. You could pick up a lot of similar good info in homebrew books, but some of the processes used in brewing are pretty specific, so they wouldn't be much help. If you're at all interested, though, you can't go wrong with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.

Supplies - Your best bet for supplies is to find a homebrew store in your area and buy what you need in person. You'll save on shipping and the guys who run these places are always happy to answer any questions you have, so you'll be able to get a little guidance if you're not quite sure what you need. If there's not a shop in your area, Midwest Supplies and Northern Brewer are good sites to check out.

Good luck!

Answer by edsobo

No financial link, but I primarily make kit wines and the best is a Cellar Classics Auslese riesling. I second homebrewtalk as above, but also recommend a year of http://www.winemakermag.com/ . The Riesling at the cheapest source I've found: link text

Answer by John Monguillot

I'll second @edsobo's suggestions of buying from a local homebrew store if you have one nearby. I also suggest First Steps in Winemaking as a good beginner book for wine making, homebrew.stackexchange.com as a place to ask questions and get quick and accurate answers, and www.eckraus.com as a good vendor - inexpensive and ships very quickly. I have had a lot of luck with them.

Answer by kevus

I agree with you. I would think twice, if I did a alco brew at home. Just what i can trully recommend is a very helpful online-shop that I visit ever since –¬†http://alcofermbrew.com/de

Answer by alcofermbrew
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