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Home Winemaking for Dummies by Tim Patterson

Author:Tim Patterson [Patterson, Tim]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780470678954
Amazon: 047067895X
Publisher: For Dummies
Published: 2010-11-16T08:00:00+00:00

Giving your equipment a rest

Some winemaking equipment — scrub brushes, testing tools, a thief for pulling samples, all those buckets — stays in frequent, year-round use, so cleaning, maintenance, and replacement are routine parts of winemaking. The bigger-ticket items — in size and price — may not be equipment you use all the time, such as crushers, presses, filter rigs, and bottling rigs. Or else they sit holding wine for long periods, such as carboys and barrels.

Some suggestions for off-season care of your equipment:

Barrels: Empty barrels invite trouble, as discussed in Chapter 8. A little leftover wine, a little moisture, a lot of air, and some ambient heat add up to a microbial field day. If your production schedule means a still-usable barrel can't be re-filled with wine soon, keep it filled with water and a mild solution of sulfur dioxide and citric acid instead.


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