The Homebuilt Winery: 43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment

The Homebuilt Winery: 43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment

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by Steve Hughes
     
 

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Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and

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Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and pumps to the best way to fill and cork bottles, The Homebuilt Winery covers everything you need to know to affordably enjoy delicious, high-quality homemade wine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This isn’t so much about technique, formula, or protocol, but about building—literally—a winery in your home, right down to installing drywall and finishing a floor for the chosen area, which can be the garage, basement, or an empty-nest bedroom. Hughes, a building designer, contractor, and winemaker, starts with equipment lists so beginners can make up to 30 gallons per year, including everything from the eight-gallon fermenter to felt-tip marker. A one-to-five–bottle scale signals the degree of difficulty for each project. The reader is hand-held from backyard grape growing to glass tipping, so this might be suitable for beginning winemakers but not beginning woodworkers. Some knowledge of the latter craft and its tools are pretty much a prerequisite for those considering home vinting the Hughes way, which is also the frugal way. Additional steps, with plenty of diagrams, show how to make white wines into sparkling ones, how to build your own wine rack, and even how to construct the “winedirondack’’ chair for sipping the fermented fruits of one’s labors. (July)
LA Weekly
“Steve Hughes' recently released reference guidebook, The Homebuilt Winery, is all you need to get on your grape-fermenting way”

50 States of Wine
“If you’re an armchair winemaker or actually thinking of starting a winery at home, this is a must-have for your library. Fun to read through and dream of what could be, but also incredibly practical as it can make those dreams a reality.”

From the Publisher
“Steve Hughes' recently released reference guidebook, The Homebuilt Winery, is all you need to get on your grape-fermenting way”

“If you’re an armchair winemaker or actually thinking of starting a winery at home, this is a must-have for your library. Fun to read through and dream of what could be, but also incredibly practical as it can make those dreams a reality.”

Library Journal
Wine making at home can be an expensive pursuit; equipment and supplies can cost hundreds of dollars. Hughes, a winemaker and contractor, attempts to assist home winemakers in building their own equipment and storage. After a general introduction to the hobby, the varied projects cover, e.g., fruit processing and storage. Although Hughes includes lengthy lists of materials, he omits information on tools needed to do the projects. Illustrations are minimal, lack good measurements, and do not show construction details. VERDICT This specialized book is for advanced hobbyists. Purchase only where there is demand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603429900
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
538,911
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Hughes is a home winemaker who also has more than 40 years of experience as a building designer and contractor. He regularly contributes articles on building winemaking equipment to WineMaker magazine.

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