Man learned to make wine thousands of years ago. Today's manufacture if wine utilizes a number of solutions that were unknown in antiquity. Stainless steel tanks have long ago replaced the ancient amphoras, thanks to the unique properties of this material. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, moisture and acids, and most importantly - to alcohol. This makes it ideal for the fermentation processes.
Regardless of whether we make wine in a small manufactory or on a large, industrial scale, stainless steel fermentation vats preserve the full flavor and aroma, which is especially important in case of wine. What factors to consider when choosing a fermentation tank?
Steel fermentation tank - the appearance and purity of wine
Winemaking means style and elegance and the stainless steel tank fits those requirements perfectly. Clean and shiny vats make a difference, although that's not all. What's important is that, after the wine has been bottled, the vat is easy to clean and disinfect, certain that its contents, fermenting for a minimum of six months, have not interacted with the steel. Subsequent wines will not have any "accretions" from the previous ones. At this point, it should be noted that high-performance stainless steel intended for long-term fermentation processes must be properly smoothed, so that the substance particles do not penetrate its surface.
Strength and durability of a stainless steel wine tank
It is not enough to buy an ordinary steel "barrel" and pour future wine into it. A stainless steel tank dedicated to the production of alcohol must be durable and hardy. Pressure and temperature changes affect the contents of the tank during the fermentation process. Before a smooth and delicate wine is finished, a series of turbulent chemical reactions take place inside the steel vat. Thus, the material used for this purpose should be properly thick and reinforced. Choose the high-pressure, low-pressure or non-pressure tank and adjust the type to individual needs.
What else to remember when choosing a fermentation tank?
A wine production tank is not just the container. It is also a full range of additional accessories. Among them are faucets, valves, thermometers, hatches and seals. These elements must be carefully selected, as they create a single organism with the tank, resulting in the final flavor and aroma, appreciated by wine aficionados.