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Tomatoes done, Now for The Grapes !

~ Grand Day of Passata in Northcote ~

On Sunday 19th March we headed down early to All Nations Park in Northcote for the annual Melbourne Tomato Festival. A fine Melbourne day greeted the thousands that came down & it was wonderful to see young & old enjoy all that was on offer. The Home Make It team were doing hands on Passata making all day & nearly a thousand people cut, pulped & bottled Passata with us. We nearly got through 2 tonnes of nice red Roma tomatoes on the day & cannot wait until next year. Here a few of the moments from a wonderful day. 

Adrienne with a pallet of Roma tomatoes.


One of our packed Passata sessions, 140 makers per session.


Many hands ( and our FLB electric machines ) made light work on the day.  


We came, we chopped & we filled.


This one's not even going to make it home. Fresh is best ! 


~ Want a Passata Machine Bargain ? ~ 

We used 14 of our rugged Fabio Leonardi electric passata machines at the Festival & we are looking to sell these at a fantastic price. They are the 1 horse power version with SP5 attachment. These usually retail for $720 & have been used only on the day of the festival. When Salami season comes around you can easily put on our FLB mincer attachment and it's a mincer !  Call your local store to grab yourself one of these before they're all gone. 


 ~ The Grapes Are In ~

Mother nature has given home wine makers some really good produce this year to work with, our in store wine testers are really optomistic about this years wine. With such produce it's important to treat it with respect & ensure it lives up to it's potential. Here are a few essential  items in our Wine department that will make your wine all it can be...


To save hours destemming your grapes before crushing, have a look at our Baesso Crusher Destemmer. This Italian marvel will not only crush your grapes, but take the stems off as well. 

From Baesso as well, our manual ratchet range of Italian wooden cage presses will extract every valuble litre out of your grapes. They are built to last & will be a major player at the family wine sessions for years to come. 

Lastly, the Demijohn. These glass vessels come in every size from 5 litres up to 54, looking after your every storage & racking need.

 Don't forget we offer free wine testing here at Home Make It. If you are unsure of a certain aroma or off flavour in your wine, bring a sample of your wine in & we'll do our best to point you in the right direction. We have a huge range of Yeast, Tannins, PH level adjusters, finings & much, much more in store to help you get the best final product.   

 ~ Meet Our Team Part 2 ~ 

Here's the second installment of " meet the team " that look after you at Home Make It.

First up is the Manager at our Clayton store, Lou.


Name: Luigi

Nickname: Lou

Time at Home Make It: 2 Years

Hobbies: Renovations, Gardening, Holidaying

Thing I make at home: Wine, Beer, Salami, Sausages, Pasta,

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island: Pepper corn, Three Lemon seeds and Three Shiraz seeds.

 Next is Carla from our Clayton store & Wholesale division. 

Name : Carla Correia

Time at Home Make It : 3 years

Hobbies : Cooking and spending time with my family and my puppy.

Things I make at home : Salami, Sausages, Capacollo, Tomato Sauce, Beer, Bread, etc…

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island : Some chickens, veggies and fruit.



~ Easter Closure Dates ~ 


Please be aware of the changed business hours over the Easter period. 

Friday 14th April - Closed

Saturday 15th April - Open 

Sunday 16th April - Closed

Monday 17th April  - Closed


~ Darebin Wine Pilot Program ~ 

Would you like to share your home wine making skills with a younger person?

Darebin Council is running a pilot project matching older home winemakers with younger people eager to learn. If you live in Darebin and are planning to make wine at home in 2017 (or even next year) and are keen to share your skills, we are looking for you! Council will take care of recruiting and screening all applicants and matching up mentors and mentees. Your generosity will be rewarded with a gift voucher to the value of $500. Contact 8470 8593 to register your interest or for more information


~ Cade's Brew News ~

If you are in the market for an upgrade for your brew equipment or simply looking at all the options on the market for electric all in one brew systems, come into Home Make It & cast your eyes over the Camurri Brauer units. Temperature control, programmable recipes & a mash mixer make this a dream brewing machine with a small footprint. We will be letting these off the leash very soon for some public brewing demonstrations, so keep an eye out ! 


If you are planing a brew fest on this upcoming Easter long weekend, our Viking grains 20% off sale might be just what you need. Up until the Easter long weekend we will be slashing 20% off our Viking grain range in stores. That includes 25kg bags & loose grain made up to your recipe. Jump on it while you can & stock up. 


In late February we sponsored the champion beer prize in Melbourne Brewers annual Beerfest competition. This year Brad Hurley picked up the title & here he is picking up his bounty yesterday. He took away a Robobrew unit & 3 of our Home Make It All Grain recipe Kits. Happy boy indeed, well done Brad !  

Beerfest Winner - Brad Hurley 

Last month Merri Mashers hosted it's IPA Competition, with IPA's flying in from every corner. Julian Robinson from the Merri Mashers walked away with the Home Make It choice award for his exceptional Red IPA. Home Make It & our good friends at Craft & Co wanted to offer a special prize, so we are going to brew Julian's Red IPA on the 1000 litre brewhouse at Craft & Co. in May. Look out for this dark, hoppy beast on tap in June. Well done Julian ! 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

Click on our sale banner below for this week's Specials .   


~ Vouchers ~

Gift Vouchers and Course Vouchers make an ideal gift for. Available In-store or ONLINE