It’s Amy again. I just recently made a one gallon wine kit and wanted to talk about and compare them to the six gallon kits.
What really drew me into wanting to make one of the one gallon wine kits was the fact that it’s only one gallon. We’re talking maybe only 4-5 bottles worth of wine. I thought it would be a great starter kit for someone who has never made wine. I was curious about it, so I purchased a Pinot Noir one gallon kit from Texas Brewing.
What’s great about a one gallon kit is I was able to do the entire process without any help from my husband, Austin. I was able to do the entire first step on my kitchen counter. I had to go ahead and buy a few extra things such as a two gallon bucket and a two gallon jug since I didn’t have anything like that for that small amount of wine. Texas Brewing sells the one gallon equipment kits, so if you’re interested in trying out one of the smaller kits, go ahead and grab one of those.
I cleaned and sanitized my two gallon bucket. I used an extra six gallon bucket as my sanitizing bucket and I used my giant spoon. I followed the first step. It’s just like making a six gallon kit, but way smaller. My spoon was almost two big to stir that small amount of liquid. I don’t have a wine thief (a cool tool to help you take out a little must and put it into a test tube to check gravity), so I couldn’t even check the gravity with my hydrometer (which I normally do by sanitizing the hydrometer and putting it straight into my must in the bucket). I don’t recommend not checking your gravity, so please get a wine thief if you don’t already have one. I put the lid on, put the airlock in, and stored it. With this kit, it will stay in the primary fermenter for 12-15 days before I transfer it over to the secondary. I’m really excited to do that knowing that I’ll be able to do that all by myself as well.
There are definitely some differences in making a one gallon compared to a six gallon. I liked being able to do everything on the counter and by myself. It was definitely easier to manage everything. I have my one gallon batch sitting next to my six gallon batch of Amarone I made recently, and it really looks like I’m not going to get a lot of wine. I know I will get at least 4 bottles, but it’s really quite a sight. It was definitely worth trying, but knowing that I can get 25-30 bottles of wine out of a six gallon kit is cooler that 4-5 bottles. Really, if you’re interested in winemaking, this is worth getting just to see if you even like doing it.
I’ve included pictures of the first step I did with the one gallon kit. It really shows how small the one gallon kit is.
Again, I will be doing a podcast soon and will go into more detail. If you have any questions, ask the guys at Texas Brewing Inc. and they will help you out. Thanks for reading!
A lover of a great wine or beer, Amy has visited numerous wineries and spent many years around zymurgists, including both beer and wine producers that range from pro to amateur. She is a contributing writer for our blog and a member of the Texas Brewing Inc. family.