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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.

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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°
  • <1--Herculometer™ - -->Triple Scale Hydrometer, 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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4.2 / 5.0
27 Reviews
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4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall, this is a fantastic starter kit. It contains all the basic equipment you need. The instructions for the wine kit that comes with it are fairly easy to follow, although I had to contact the NB brewmasters for clarification on some of it. From my first kit, I ended up with 9x 375ml bottles and a shade more for tasting while bottling. Consider using the 375ml bottles if you're like me and only want a glass or two overall...saves opening a full 750ml bottle and then having to consume it (well...could be s fun prospect, too!).Consider also purchasing a better cork machine than the plunger model that comes with this kit. My experience is that you'll be much happier. Perhaps that's an upgrade feature the NB crew could offer?...just sayin'... Overall, 4.5 of 5 stars...fantastic for first-time wine makers who want to dip their toes into the business without a significant investment.
March 23, 2016
Master Vintner Small Batch = Easy home wine making.
I read the first review. Complaining and removing stars because of a spelling error and non-laminated instructions is an outright farce. Pros- Making wine with this small batch starter kit is about as easy as making macaroni and cheese. Easy to follow directions and simple ingredient recipes are designed for the beginning vintner.Con- Metal spoon + glass Bubbler = broken bubbler.The directions stated to "vigorously" stir when degassing. My bubbler cracked. Fortunately, it was a batch of cider that I was trying mix up. I shot an email to NB and they had another one on the way.This kit is easily a 5 star and the customer service folks are just as worthy, if not better.
June 27, 2015
good wine kit
this kit is good for doing i gallon batches not to much at one time.
March 17, 2016
Awesome Starter Kit
An awesome kit to get your started in wine making!
June 3, 2016
Being realistic - Not for everyone...
The kit was pretty well done! My set back was the amount of instructional sheets and it became a little hard to tell which was the one I had to follow and really pay attention to. It also is not an easy or simple process if you are like me (and have no experience with this type of thing). I believe it is mostly user error in my case with this item - I was hoping for something a little more basic and straightforward without all the 'fun tips' and etc.
October 2, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Customer service is here to ensure you can make the best possible wine and beer! Our reps have countless hours of experience not only making them but troubleshooting and explaining the fine details. Don;t ever hesitate to contact us via phone


or chat. We won&#x27;t rest until you &#x27;vint your best! Let me know here if you have any questions or concerns we can help with!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Kitchen covered in red wine
Bought this kit specifically for the big mouth fermentor (they're always sold out otherwise). I made two batches of wine from 1 gallon kits that were good (kits are easy enough). On the third batch, the "vigorous stirring to de-gas" step resulted in a chunk of glass chipping out of the big mouth fermentor and the entire gallon of red wine covering my kitchen (RIP electronics). I was stirring about as hard as you would to stir sugar into a cup of coffee. The glass of the big mouth fermentor is about as thick as a christmas tree light. Back to beer for me. If you buy this, get another regular 1 gallon glass jug and throw the big mouth away. Or just dont stir anything in it....
May 19, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Customer service is always happy to help with any issue. We are contact you directly. Cheers!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Love it
I love it
June 23, 2016
Great kit
Great Great starter kit !!!
November 14, 2015
Good Value for the Price
I had some frustrations with this kit, but the wine turned out much better than I was expecting. The equipment is functional, but the wine thief forcefully fit into the1 gallon jug making me hesitant to put it in very far in fear it would get stuck and that I'd ruin the batch trying to figure a way to get it out. The instructions my kit came with were off and never mentioned when to add the bentonite (It's in the first step in the PDF online) so I added it at the end to help clarify and it helped out. I also purchased a degassing wand to help degas as I don't think the metal spoon in a glass jar was working out. Overall a good learning experience for my first batch of wine.
October 24, 2015
Wine noob
1st time making wine. Been a brewer for 5 yrs. didn't realize how easy this kit was. I am in the 3rd stage. So far so good.
January 17, 2016
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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.
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..
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.
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.
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!
Do you pour the test jar contents back in once you take your hydrometer reading or discard it?
A shopper on Sep 17, 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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