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Master Vintner™ Small Batch Wine Starter Kit


SKU# U7810

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An international exclusive—introducing the first-ever 1 gallon winemaking starter kit, complete with premium grape concentrate from world-class vineyards.

Great things come in small packages. Without experience or anything but a passion for wine, you can make top notch, cellar-worthy wine in your kitchen. Master Vintner combines essential equipment that’s easy to use with expert instruction that’s easy to follow. You’ll walk through the essentials of winemaking with exclusive techniques from world-class winemaker Tim Vandergrift.

You don’t need time, either. Great wine takes a matter of minutes to make, and then only the patience to let it ferment and mature into perfection. Prep a Cabernet for fermentation while you make dinner, or a pinot noir in the minutes before you head for work in the morning.

We’ve broken down the process for complex, beautiful wines into simple steps that ensure success—with a minimal investment of precious time.

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Master Vintner® Small Batch Wine Kit

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Our premium recipe kits are made from grapes picked at their prime by expert vintners in world-class vineyards. With the exclusive, unsurpassed quality of Master Vintner&mark; recipe kits, you absolutely cannot make better homemade wine anywhere else.

With small batch sizes you’ll get five bottles per recipe, making it easy to mix and match favorite styles. Craft a full tasting menu in just four months with each batch of wine finishing in a quick four weeks. Serve your favorite meals alongside an artisanal bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot that you made in your own kitchen.

Tim Vandergrift's Instructions and Review Click Here

Starter Kit Includes:

  • Your choice of recipe kit: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
  • World-class instructions from industry expert Tim Vandergrift
  • Little Big Mouth Bubbler® Glass Primary Fermentor, Stopper, Airlock & FermagraF°
  • 1 Gallon Glass Jug Secondary Fermentor, Cap, Airlock & FermagraF°
  • Herculometer™, Test Jar & Thief
  • Mini Auto-Siphon & Tubing
  • 18" Plastic Paddle
  • Corker & Corks
  • Bottle Filler & Tubing
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Oxygen Wash Cleanser & Sodium Metabisulfite Sanitizer
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4.3 / 5.0
33 Reviews
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Good, except for corker
Kit went together well. Nothing too difficult except for the degassing stage. I would have given it five stars except the corker is a piece of junk, it’s not the one in the picture of equipment on the web site.
March 31, 2018
1 month ago
Excellent product
Very happy with the contents of kit. Waiting on tasting my newly racked wine.
February 28, 2018
3 months ago
So far so good. First batch can't wait taste the final product. I'm only on the second stage, enjoying the process fixing on buying the fruit kit to start a new batch.
February 27, 2018
2 months ago
Amazed at the quality.
I recommend the small batch started out to any novice wine maker. Easy to follow instructions to make a great quality so e.
February 19, 2018
2 months ago
No complaints.
I'm not a big wine drinker but the idea of having a nice home made wine with meals like Thanksgiving sounded good, and with wine prices the way they are this seemed more economical for the long run. The kit arrived on time and in new condition, it's all small scale and made well. First batch is in the secondary right now, super simple to use.
December 29, 2017
4 months ago
Super cool
Just what I needed ,i didn't want a large batch ,easy to clean and easy to handle no matter what you use it for
November 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
brewing my own wine is very cool
Currently my wine is in the secondary fermentation stage. I'm looking forward to soon degassing and then bottling the wine. I can't wait to taste it!! I've received very friendly and helpful support from Northern Brewers on both email and phone.
September 25, 2017
7 months ago
small batch kit
Now that I have my first batch nearly ready to bottle I was impressed with the ease & qualtiy of this kit. The next batch will go better now that I have the process down.Would recomend this product.
Looking forward to first tasting & making more.
June 28, 2017
10 months ago
Little is good too!
I wasn't sure about doing a small batch of wine, because I like to share the fruits of my labor. After making the 1st batch, I couldn't wait to start a second one!
June 19, 2017
11 months ago
Kit good. Syphon bad.
Loved the kit other than the syphon. The syphon is very difficult to use.
May 31, 2017
11 months ago
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What size and weight is the kit? Sku# u7810
D A on Aug 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is roughly 17.5 lbs and 13 inches x 21 inches x 12 inches.
What is the purpose of the secondary fermentation?
A shopper on Dec 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you going to age it longer it gets out a lot of the yeast and sediment.
I have the 1 gallon Merlot kit. The instructions that came with it did not have you add bentonite. That step was missing. I noticed the online instructions are different and have you add it in the first step. Since I did not add it, will it make a difference in my wine? I am at the point of bottling it.
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We apologize for the confusion! The Bentonite is not a necessary step in these kits, and it can be omitted. Bentonite is added as an aid to clarification, but these kits have a later step where a pair of additives are used to clear it out very nicely, so it's really not needed.
What size are the corks
J A on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are #8 corks, 1.75" long.
Where do you keep your kit during the fermentation process? Is your garage okay?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Depends on how stable the temp is and what type of yeast you're using. I ferment in my basement where it 68-70 degrees, not always the fastest fermentation but yields pretty good results. Check the strain of yeast to see its optimal temp range for fermentation. I purchased this kit for my father, he typically puts the fermenter in a 5 gallon bucket with a cheese cloth over the top (in case of a vigorous and explosive ferment) and puts it in a closet.
How much wine will the small batch kit make?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 4-5 bottles of wine will be produced with the Small Batch wine kits.
Does this kit include bottles?
A shopper on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. You fill empty wine bottles that you save and wash out. The kit includes new corks, a device that you can use to put the new corks in, (it takes some effortl) and sanitizer for cleaning the brewing vessels, tubes and the bottles. you can also reuse screw top bottles and skip the corks. The screw top bottles have an opening that is wider than the cork so you have to reuse the original cap if you use them.
We are starting from scratch and have never done this before. Is this a good kit to start with? will we have everything we need?
E M on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes this kit will have everything you will need..
This is my first try at making wine also..
I'm on the second step of the instructions, so far so good!!!
Easier then brewing beer..
How do you tell if the wine is completely degassed?
Christina M on Jan 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I hear some folks put a balloon over the airlock an d when it stops filling it is no longer off-gassing. There is stuff you can get to stop the fermentation if you meet your desired specific gravity. But the balloon idea will definitely let you know that the action has stopped. That would keep you from watching for bubbles, which can take time.
The kit comes with 2 sanitizing agents, Sodium Metabisulfite and Oxygen Wash. Do they both accomplish the same task? Is there a particular order they should be used in?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually start with the SM first. That kills the bugs. The Oxygen wash pretty much is a set up for the batch, as a prep. Not really sure how it works but I've gone both with and without and for some reason, using the wash, makes the fermentation more vibrant. Maybe due to the induction of the O2?
I'd use it.
How long does the wine making process and fermentation take start to finish ?
A shopper on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It sorta depends on how serious you are. If you do every step as prescribed in the instructions, it takes 28-30 +/- days. Then you bottle and cellar the wine for at least 6 months. It tests your patience. It can take longer if you are very worried about getting all the air out of the wine before bottling. Maybe an additional week before bottling. I did a Merlot and it came out very light-bodied but still drinkable after 6 months in the bottle. I didn't know how to take an accurate ABV reading, but I guess it was about 12.5% alcohol. Good Luck.
Can you make Reisling?
Johnny V on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do offer a Green Apple Reisling in the Tropical Bliss. This kit would work great for all Small Batch Wine kits. Cheers!
Can you reuse the equipment for additional batches in the future or it is a one-time use?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes although you will need to purchase new corks and ingredients. But all the equipment is high quality and reusable.
For how long does the grape juice keep?
P E on Aug 3, 2016

We don't have an exact expiration date, but the juice in all the wine kits are shelf-stable, with the expectation that they may sit on retail shelves for many months without spontaneously fermenting or going bad. I hope this helps!
Will this kit work with my own small Merlot harvest? I have one plant with about 10 decent grape clusters.
Toddman on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think the Fresh Harvest 1 Gallon Fruit Winemaking kit ( SKU 40295 ) would be a better choice. That kit has the additives and yeast for making the wine, plus a book on how it's done. This Small-Batch Starter kit is set up to do the 1-gallon Wine Recipe kits we sell, and it would not have the additives, yeast or book on making wine from your own grapes or other fruit. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
What will i need to buy besides the kit to start
J A on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As long as you are happy with the wine choices you won't need any thing else
What is the diameter of the wine thief? What is the diameter of the carboy throat?
P I on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't know exactly. But it'll fit. Just don't soak in 1 step. Plastic thief eventually will swell and no longer fit into carboy.
Can I use this kit for fresh fruit process if I have other ingredients?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use my set to do berry wines now. The basic materials are all pretty good quality and reusable. If you have the yeast, sugar and bottles, you will be all set. There were enough cleaning products to do a second batch but you will need to get more of that also.
Do you pour the test jar contents back in once you take your hydrometer reading or discard it?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did, mine turned out fine.
What is the shelf-life of the grape juice concentrate? Both refrigerated and un-refrigerated (70F).
B D on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Concentrate will start to deteriorate after a year.
Can oak cubes be used to add complexity to a cabernet? If so, at what stage would they be added and removed?
B D on Jan 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You could add some oak cubes or chips, maybe 1 oz, to the secondary. Usually you add them after transferring to the secondary jug then proceed as normal. After 6 weeks you will have gotten all the flavor possible, but you would want to stick to the normal schedule for timing, leaving the oak cubes behind in the secondary when transferring to the new jug. I hope this helps!
Can I use this kit for fresh fruits also?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2017
I purchased this kit and went through the entire process following the instructions to the letter. When I tasted the wine, there was a rather strong vinegar like taste, to the point where I wasn't enjoying drinking it. Can you tell me where I might have done something wrong and what I need to do to fix this?
A shopper on Sep 1, 2017
I have Zinfandel grapes. Which recipe kit would I need?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2017

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