Wine Storage System
The SmartBarrel provides an effective, economical, and reliable solution for the safe storage of wine during racking, aging, and bulk. This technology was developed over years of experimentation based on Dr. Singh’s unsurpassed knowledge of flexible pharmaceutical processing. The key component of the SmartBarrel is the patented diptube. The wine is stored in single-use liners that have extremely low oxygen permeability. The contact materials have been used for bag-in-box systems for years and are known not to impart odors or other negative effects.
All operations with the SmartBarrel are done with wine pumps. The diptube is connected to the liner using a standard 2” triclamp. Wine is pumped into the liner through the fill/drain port on the diptube. As wine is removed, the liner collapses so headspace is never created. The patented design of the diptube ensures that the clean wine is drawn out first. No topping off is ever needed. Sampling using a traditional wine thief introduces air and can cause cross-contamination. The SmartBarrel does not use a wine thief. Samples are taken using a vacuum aspirator that assures that nothing is introduced into the wine during sampling.
Since the SmartBarrel liner has no headspace, partial volumes can be stored for up to 24 months. This is a boon to small wineries. You can start with say 50 gallons in a 60 gallon liner and dispense out wine when needed until the liner is empty.
Traditional cellar operations, such as oaking are easily performed by introducing inexpensive and environmentally sustainable oak products – chips, staves, or cubes into the SmartBarrel liners. A side -benefit of this procedure is that when the appropriate level of oaking is achieved the process can be easily terminated by simply pumping the wine out to a new liner without oak products. The chips, staves, etc. are retained in the original liner by the perforations in the diptube. This is not possible with traditional wood barrels.
SmartBarrel liners are available in 60 gallon vertical and horizontal drum formats. Any user-supplied drum/barrel can be used to hold the liner. GOfermentor even offers kits to convert old wood barrels to SmartBarrels. 330 gallon liners are provided for use in user-supplied IBC/macrobins. Liners are single-use, so there is no cleaning. A perfectly clean storage container is instantly available.
For the SmartBarrel system you need:
- One reusable SmartBarrel diptube for each storage container.
- One cordless SmartBarrel aspirator/sampler for your entire facility.
- Single-use SmartBarrel liners.
TO FILL - connect pump to fill with wine.
TO EMPTY - connect pump and suck wine out.
YOU CANNOT SIPHON THE WINE OUT SINCE THERE IS A VACUUM IN THE BAG.
REMEMBER THERE IS NO HEADSPACE.
An entire wine racking system can be built using the SmartBarrel concept. No tanks are needed and no cleaning is necessary. By not using wood barrels you can minimize brett contamination and also reduce sulfite additions. Wine can be pressed right into IBC SmartBarrels each with a capacity of 300 gallons. These can be moved around, shipped, and stacked. Racking is done by transferring to new liners. Oaking can be done by the addition of various clean oak products. ML fermentation can be performed in the liners. Liners with varying oxygen permeability make controlled microxygenation safe and predictable. Low permeability liners can be used to store wine for years.
Differences Between the various SmartBarrel Kits:
There are 4 types of SmartBarrel Kits. The difference between them is only the length of the perforated stainless-steel tube. The most common is the short dip tube (SB-60M). This is used for 60 gallon vertical drum. It is identical, and interchangeable with SB-330IBC which is used for 330 gallon IBCs and totes. It can also be used for cylindrical open tanks up to 330 gallons. Long dip tube (SB-60W) is supplied as part of the wood barrel retrofit kit. It is longer because it must rest on the bottom of the horizontal wood barrel and protrude out of the cut opening. Finally, SB-330VCT is a variable length dip tube so it can be used in tall open top tanks. The dip tube can be extended to the height of the tank. It is used to convert Variable Capacity (VC tanks) to use liners.
The only option is the selection of the fill/empty fitting. There are 4 choices:
-TC20 2” Triclamp
-TC15 1 ½” Triclamp
- HFC Colder HFC12 quick-connect with auto shut-off*.
- NC no connector. User must connect to ¾” NPT female socket on SB dip tube head.
*Mating connectors are available from USPlastics
Select type of SB kit needed based on table below. Then add suffix for fitting. For example:
SB-60M-TC20 is SmartBarrel kit for 60 gallon vertical tank with 2” triclamp fitting
SB-330IBC-HFC is SmartBarrel kit for 330 gallon IBC with HFC12 quick connect fitting
|Container Type||SB Kit needed||Features||Notes|
|60gallon vertical drum||SB-60M-xxx vertical drum.||Short dip tube||Same as SB-60M|
|330gallon IBC, tote, macrobin, or short open tank||SB-330IBC-xxx||Short dip tube||Same as SB-330IBC|
|60gallon wood barrel||SB-60W-xxx||Long dip tube with barrel mounting kit|
|VCT up to 1200 liters||SB-330VCT-xxx||Adjustable length (40”)
|Check tank dimensions with us|
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