> I recently received a couple of boxes of winemaking stuff from a relative
> who had tried it twenty years ago. There's a great deal of equipment and
> chemicals, but I'm not sure what will still be usable after a couple of
> decades of sitting in a ba***t.
Most all the equipment should be fine if you wash it well and sanitize it.
Wooden barrels, if any, may be unusable if stored dry after being used.
> I'm sure the packages of yeast are bad, but how about yeast nutrient?
> Pectic enzyme? Acid blend? Campden tablets?
These are all relatively inexpensive (even the yeast) and you will be able
to replace them with no problem at any homebrew shop or by mail order. It
would be prudent to do so.
> Chemicals in the acid
> testing kit? Are any of these likely to work after such a long time on
The acid kit chemicals should be replaced periodically anyway, if not used
up, to ensure accuracy. But you may have problems finding exact
replacements if that particular kit isn't made any more. You may have to
get generic replacements or buy a new kit.
> Even if they're no good, the gift was still much appreciated -- I now
> a shiny row of eight carboys just waiting to be filled. :)
That's great! The big expense is in the equipment anyway, not the
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