Stainless steel wine fermenters are vessels used to ferment grape juice into wine. They allow precise temperature control and prevent oxidation during the fermentation process. Key features of stainless steel fermenters include:
Types of Stainless Steel Wine Fermenters
|Have an open top allowing easy adding of juice/fruit and pulp
|Have a closed top with valves to add ingredients and remove samples
|Allow adjustment of capacity from a few gallons to over 1,000 gallons
|Fully customizable in size, shape, valves, temperature controls, etc.
Stainless Steel Wine Fermenter Sizes
|5-60 gallons, used by home winemakers and small commercial wineries
|60-1,000 gallons, for medium scale production
|Over 1,000 gallons, used by large commercial wineries
|Any capacity based on winery needs
Stainless Steel Wine Fermenter Design and Layout
Stainless steel wine fermenters have an interior chamber for holding juice/wine which can have the following design elements:
- Conical or cylindrical shape
- Slope bottom towards center drain valve
- Glycol/refrigeration cooling jacket
- Insulated chamber
- Temperature sensors
- Sample ports
- Pressure relief valves
- Access hatches and doors
- Legs and casters for mobility
- External sight glasses to view interior level
The layout depends on the winery, with custom options for dimensions, number/size of fermenters, positioning, etc.
Customization of Stainless Steel Wine Fermenters
Stainless steel wine fermenters can be customized in terms of:
- Capacity – from a few gallons to thousands of gallons
- Dimension ratios – height, width, depth
- Shape – conical, cylindrical, rectangular
- Number and types of valves
- Cooling system – glycol, refrigeration, chilled water
- Temperature sensors and automated controls
- Access hatches, doors, ladders
- Integrated destemmers, crushers
- Mobility options – fixed, casters, fork lift guides
- External sight glasses, light tubes
- Special coatings – silicone, epoxy
Suppliers and Price Range of Stainless Steel Wine Fermenters
|Small domestic equipment manufacturers
|$1,000 – $5,000
|Italian manufacturers (Mori, Bonomi)
|$5,000 – $50,000
|American manufacturers (Paul Mueller, ProRefrigeration)
|$8,000 – $100,000+
|Custom stainless steel fabricators
|Based on customization
Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Stainless Steel Wine Fermenters
|Performed by equipment manufacturer representatives onsite
|Monitoring temperature/fermentation progress and periodic sampling for analysis
|Cleaning & Sanitation
|Cleaning with approved chemicals, sanitize with ozone/steam, purge oxygen with CO2 or N2
|Regular replacement of cooling liquid, calibration and servicing by technicians
|Ensure pressure relief mechanisms exist, follow protocol for confined space entry
How to Choose a Stainless Steel Wine Fermenter Supplier
When choosing a stainless steel wine fermenter supplier, consider the following:
- Experience in winery equipment manufacturing
- Offer full customization capabilities
- Have suitable production capacity
- Provide product specifications and certifications
- Offer installation, operation, maintenance support
- Have proven track record with client testimonials
- Offer competitive pricing for required customization
- Have good client communication and project management
Comparison of Stainless Steel Wine Fermenters
|Lower cost than oak barrels
|Higher upfront cost than many alternatives
|Durable, long lifetime
|Prone to dents/scratches requiring refinishing
|Excellent control and stability
|Controls add complexity/cost
|Completely prevents oxidation
|Easy to clean/sanitize vs. wood
|Requires cleaning and sanitation procedures
|Fully customizable sizes/features
|Custom options increase lead times and cost
Q: What size/capacity stainless steel wine fermenter should I choose?
A: Choose a fermenter capacity that can hold your maximum desired batch size with room for foam/expansion. Factor in potential future production increases.
Q: Should I choose conical or cylindrical stainless wine fermenters?
A: Conical fermenters allow easier removal of sediment but cylindrical designs allow easier cleaning. Choose based on budget, sediment removal needs, and ease of cleaning.
Q: What temperature control system is best?
A: Glycol and refrigeration cooling systems provide the most precise temperature control. Evaluate options based on control needs and budget.
Q: Should I buy imported or American-made stainless wine fermenters?
A: Both can offer quality equipment. Domestic providers allow direct customer service while imports have lower prices.