Resources & Tools

From time to time I’ll add more tools, resources, comments, and links, so check back for updates!

The List:

Ames Stirrup Hoe – I prefer raised beds, mulching, or tilling if necessary, but this is the only way to hoe weeds. You (and your back) won’t regret it.

Clean Bottle Express Carboy Brush – For cleaning carboys. Attach it to a cordless drill and clean away.

Mix-Stir Agitator Rod – Attach to a cordless drill to stir additives into wine/mead. Doubles as a de-gassing rod.

Nylon Straining Bag – Place fruit-filled bag into a wine ferment to keep fruit together. This also allows you to crush and juice the fruit periodically during a wine ferment.

Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles – I use these for my homemade mustard. Trim the nozzle for a larger opening.

Bourgovin RC-212 Wine Yeast – My go-to wine yeast. Works well with red, white, and country wines.

Red Star Premier Blanc Champagne Yeast – I use this in all my meads.

Airlock w/ Carboy Bung – If you’re making wine or mead, USE THESE! They make it a lot easier to do it right, and their design is my favorite for airlock; it’s very easy to tell how active a ferment is by looking at water movement in these.

Hydrometer w/ Test Jar – Use this to measure the specific gravity of your wine/mead. With an original gravity measurement, we can take additional measurements to see how the alcohol by volume (ABV) changes over the course of fermentation, and most importantly to know the final gravity and ABV.

Capo Lily Pipe w/ Accessories – If you’re brand-spanking new to pipes, this is a great set to buy. Not only is the pipe quality, the accessories are what you need to really enjoy a bowl.

Fermtech Auto Siphon – Use this to rack wines/meads to different fermenters or bottles.

King Arthur Bread Flour – The BEST flour for the money for making bread at home.

Orblue Serrated Bread Knife – If you’re going to make bread at home, get a good bread knife.

Ladbrooke Soil Blocker – Until another marvelous invention comes along that I can’t even conceive of right now, I’ll use this to make a container/medium to start my own plants.

Tasting Corks – Not only can you use these after you open a bottle of wine/mead or to temporarily cover wine/mead before capping/corking, but they can be used to ensure the brine covers vegetables and fruits that try to float when fermenting.

Acacia Wood “Pickle Packer” – This is great for more than pickles. I use this when making anything that needs to be tightly packed into jars, which is usually something like sauerkraut or preserved lemons that rest in self-brine.