Home brewing facts


Store collection

Store collection

We are now offering a store collection service, simply place your order online (minimum £5) and select store collection at the checkout. We will then pick your items and keep them for you, until you are ready to collect.

Demijohns & Carboys

Demijohns (DJs) are the traditional container for making wine at home. Demijohns always used to be made of glass and held one imperial gallon (4.5 litres / 6 bottles of wine), however, there are now plastic demijohns as well, which hold 5 litres.

Plastic demijohns have the advantage that they are much lighter, less fragile and have slightly higher capacity than glass ones, as well as being cheaper. However, it is often difficult to get a good seal with a plastic demijohn, so airlock activity may be reduced. In addition, the PET plastic used is permeable to oxygen, so while they are absolutley fine for fermenting your wine, they are not suitable for bulk aging, where the wine may sit in the demijohn for many months. If you are making country wines that require a long maturing period, we recommend fermenting in a plastic demijohn, then racking (transferring) the wine to a glass demijon once fermentation has stopped and the wine has been stabilised.

Carboys are much larger fermentation vessels, typically holding 5 gallons (23 litres or 30 bottles of wine). They have also traditionally been made of glass, although plastic ones are also available. Due to the size and weight of these, we are only able to offer them on a collection basis.


1 Gallon Glass Demijohn
1 gallon (5 litre) glass demijohn for fermenting wines and liqueurs
5 litre Plastic Demijohn
Lightweight plastic demijohn for homebrewing
Bubbler Airlock With Cap
Bubbler airlock for wine, beer, cider or spirits
Carboy - glass 23 litres (5 gallons)
A 23 litre glass carboy, suitable for beer, wine or cider making £26.99
See description for price, no delivery available for this product.
Carboy cap
A rubber cap to fit 23-litre carboy, with airlock hole
Carboy cap with vents
A vented cap to fit 23-litre carboy
Carboy Handle
Fits around the neck of a 23 litre carboy, to assist in lifting and moving
Cork Bung Bored for 1 gallon DemiJohn
Cork bung with bored hole for an airlock, to fit 1 gallon glass demijohns
Cork Bung Solid for 1 gallon DemiJohn
Solid Cork bung, to fit 1 gallon glass demijohns
Rubber Bung Bored for 1 gallon DemiJohn (Pack of 2)
2x Rubber bung with bored hole for an airlock, to fit 1 gallon glass demijohns
Rubber Bung Solid for 1 gallon DemiJohn (pack of two)
2x Solid Rubber bung, to fit 1 gallon glass demijohns
Safety Cork for 1 gallon Demijohn
Allows gas to escape, but keeps air out
Super Major Airlock
Extra-large airlock for large fermentors or vigorous fermentations