A very useful piece of equipment for the home brewer, simple but approximate only. Comes supplied in a case with full instructions
This glass vinometer is a very useful device allowing you to test the alcohol content of your wine. Vinometers are used at 20°C to achieve an accurate reading. Scale reads 0-25% ABV but measures best between 8 and 13%.
Instructions are included with our Vinometers and are as follows:
Hold the vinometer vertically with the funnel upwards. Then pour a little wine into the funnel. No air bubble is allowed in the wine column. When wine drops at the end of the wine column, turn upside-down. The wine will run towards the tulip end and an approximate alcohol percentage can be read off the side of the vinometer.
Vinometers are delicate items and extra care is taken with our packing. Vinometers are delicate items and extra care is taken with our packing. Each Vinometer is individually boxed with printed instructions included.
The manufacturers advise;
This is a very simple way to check the alcohol content of your home brew wine but remember - it is very approximate and you need to know how it works to avoid the common pitfalls.
It works on (still) wine only, not beer or spirits.
It will only work if there is no CO2 left in your wine.
It will only work if your wine is 8-13% or around these values.
The homebrew wine alcohol meter uses the capillary effect in the liquid to determine the alcohol. This will only work on "normal" strength home brewed wines. Unfortunately most meters are graduated between 0-25% but the error outside 8-13% is too large, it simply doesn't work there. Trick: If you have a very strong wine, dilute it with equal amount of water, then take a reading. If reading ends up inside the interval 8-13% you know you can trust it and in reality it is twice as high.
It is very important that you have no CO2 left. The carbon dioxide changes the surface tension of the liquid and you will get a completely wrong value. A simple method if you have a still unstable wine is to take a small sample, shake out all CO2, pour it on a saucer and leave it in the fridge overnight. This will usually stabilise it and get rid of most CO2. Another method is to boil sample in the microwave for one minute, then add back water to make up for the loss during boiling. This is a bit difficult though so for household use the fridge method is best.
UK Orders Under £65
We send orders out using First Class Royal Mail and also courier options. For eligible very small and light orders such as sachets of yeast, etc, there will also be the option of First Class Royal Mail letter at £2.45. For urgent orders please choose Express Courier only, details below:
|Order Weight||Standard Delivery (approx. 1 to 2 working days)||Express Courier (usually 1 but up to 2 working days)|
|0 - 2.5 Kgs||£3.95 to all UK postcodes||£5.95 (for exceptions see below)|
|2.5 - 6 Kgs||£4.95 to all UK postcodes||£5.95 (for exceptions see below)|
|Any weight and over £65||Choice of STANDARD FREE DELIVERY (approx. 2 to 5 working days) or faster EXPRESS COURIER also available at £5.95 (for exceptions see below)||£5.95 (for exceptions see below)|
|EXPRESS COURIER (usually next working day but not guaranteed)||Under £65||Over £65|
Includes most postcodes - see exceptions below
Choice of STANDARD
|Highlands/Islands (approx. 2 to 3 working days)
Scottish Highlands: AB31-35, AB36-38, AB41-54, AB55-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-30, IV31-39, IV40-63, KA27-28, KW0-14, KW15-17,
KW all,PA20-78, PH15-18, PH19-29, PH30-31, PH32-33, PH34-44, PH45-48, PH49-50
Scottish Islands: HS1-9, IV40-54, IV55-56, KA27, KA28,
KW15-17, PA20, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE all
Isle of Man - please select 'Isle Of Man' as the country, Not UK (approx. 2 to 3 working days)
|Northern Ireland - please select 'Northern Ireland' - All BT postcodes (approx. 2 to 3 working days)||£14.95||£14.95|
|Jersey & Guernsey - please select country, Not UK - VAT is charged (approx. 2 to 3 working days)||£13.70||£13.70
There is NO weight restriction for UK orders. You will NOT incur extra charges if your order is very large or heavy
With high stock levels all orders are dispatched as quickly as possible, usually within one working day or less, at busy times and holidays this may take a little longer. For urgent orders please select the 'Express Courier' service which is fully tracked
*FREE Shipping is available on most UK orders over £65, exceptions apply. Does not apply to Northern Ireland, Isle Of Man and remote Highlands/Islands or Guernsey and Jersey postcodes which incur a courier surcharge
Free shipping is by standard courier and may take longer than the Express Courier option, usually 2 to 5 working days
Express Courier is a 1-2 working day service available for all items for £5.95 to eligible postcodes, deliveries are Monday to Friday and there are no weekend deliveries available
Please provide your email address and mobile phone number for order updates and/or tracking information
We usually use DPD and UPS for our Express Courier deliveries and the parcel usually needs to be signed for. If for any reason you are out or unable to take the delivery, the couriers may attempt to leave your parcel with a neighbour for you and put a card through your door or they will re-attempt delivery the next working day for you. A calling card will be left with details of where the parcel is. Estimated two hour time slots are usually given on the morning of delivery to help with delivery. You can enter an alternative shipping address at the checkout such as your place of work, etc, if you know you will be out, or we can add a delivery note to your parcel such as 'Please leave with a neighbour' or 'Please leave in porch' if you email us any specific delivery instructions after placing the order and we are more than happy to add them to your parcel for you. The couriers will follow any instructions whenever possible but it is at the discretion of the delivery driver and cannot be guaranteed. Orders left in a place specified by the customer are at the customers own risk.
Standard Delivery - Standard delivery is usually sent by either UPS or Royal Mail on most orders up to around 6 Kgs in weight, delivery times with Royal Mail can really vary, the First Class service is generally 1 to 2 working days (Monday to Saturday, although these are guide times only and can take much longer especially during busy periods. Orders may be upgraded to a faster courier service at our discretion if your parcel needs to be due to size/weight.
IMPORTANT - For urgent orders you must please select the Express Courier option, the standard service is slower and can in some cases take much longer. In the case of any problems courier deliveries can be resolved much more quickly. Please always check at your local sorting office where Royal Mail will take any parcel they cannot deliver for any reason.
Shipping prices are calculated automatically and are limited to a maximum charge of £5.95 for most UK postcodes
Does not apply to;
Northern Ireland, Isle Of Man and remote Highlands/Islands postcodes
Scottish Highlands & Islands affected postcodes:
Channel Islands - Please select Guernsey / Jersey as country. Other Channel Islands use UK > Highland/Islands options.
VAT will be charged on all International orders (including The Channel Islands)
Unfortunately due to courier restrictions we are unable to accept orders to BFPO addresses. Any orders placed to BFPO addresses will be cancelled.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - Please see rates below
We ship to many countries and the list is being added to whenever possible, please select the correct country on the drop down menu. International shipping rates are priced on weight and value, and are limited to 25kgs per parcel. If your order exceeds 25kgs the shipping cost is based on the number of parcels needed to send the order. If needed we will contact you with any problems on international shipping restrictions. Please note the following;
Please always supply a telephone number with your order as we need to supply the couriers with one
We cannot ship pressurised containers such as CO2 bulbs overseas
Glass items will be packed as well as possible but we cannot guarantee glass items on overseas orders
The cost of shipping does not include any taxes or customs charges which some countries charge. It is the responsibility of the customer to pay any charges on international orders.
Please contact us with any questions regarding international shipping
Shipping rates based on orders per 25kgs:
International Shipping Rates
|Finland - Sorry, we are unable to deliver to Finland||Not available|
|Ireland (Republic Of)||£17.26|
|Norway - Sorry, we are unable to deliver to Norway||N/A|
|Switzerland - Sorry, we are unable to deliver to Norway||N/A|
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Can I return my item personally?
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Who pays the return postage costs?
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How will I know if you have received my returned item?
You will automatically receive a confirmation email when your returned item is received.
How long will my return take to process?
We aim to process your return as quickly as possible and usually complete them within a week. Please allow slightly longer at seasonal peaks.
How will I know when my return is completed?
You will receive an email to update you when your return is completed to let you know either that your replacement product is on its way or that your refund has been processed.