Wine vs. Beer Equipment

Hello Everyone,

I was recently gifted a wine making starter kit for Christmas. Check the forum frequently because exactly 28 days after I pitch the yeast, I will be making 30 bottles of “Coastal White” available (for immediate consumption) at the low, low price of $50 per bottle! :wink:

Seriously, though, I’m actually really interested in getting into wine and was hoping for some help with a few “getting started” questions:

  1. Can I use StarSan as my go to sanitizer for my wine equipment?

  2. Can I use my refractometer for wine gravity readings just as I would in brewing beer?

  3. Do I need to keep separate equipment (tubing, carboys, etc.) for beer and wine, or can they cross-pollinate?

I’ve been brewing beer and wine for about a year and a half now.

  1. Yes, star-sanz does the same job, no matter what you are fermenting.

  2. I assume so, although I use a hydrometer for both

  3. No you don’t need separate equipment, as long as the equipment is cleaned between uses. I’ve been back and forth; typically wine in the warmer months as it likes a little higher fermentation temps, and beer when it it cooler. My carboys don’t care, as long as they are full… :lol:

2)Just keep in mind that the alcohol throws the readings off.

Thanks, guys!