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Complete Cleansing of an Empty Wine Drum

March 12th, 2012 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

One of the most common questions that we get about our wine drums is how to clean them in between uses. As this year’s Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento we came across a new product that answers that question. Sanitech Corporation has developed a line of sanitation systems for the unique requirements of our stainless steel wine barrels. The Mark Series machine incorporates the new technology of pressurized wet steam at temperatures between 240F to 330F to sanitize and degrease without chemicals. The high temperature of the pressurized wet steam kills most bacteria on contact and thermally breaks down residual deposits. Traditionally, this has been achieved through the use of high cost chemicals and intensive manual cleaning which can lead to further contamination. The Sanitech machine sanitizes and cleans in a single and easy step while also eliminating the cost of chemicals. The machine is portable and the system is able to access typically hard to reach areas. The water requirements are lower than a pressure washer’s thereby conserving water and saving the environment from chemical effluents in the sewage. Sanitech machines are USDA compliant for indoor usage as they run on environmentally friendly LPG, which is a clean burning fuel. Using Sanitech equipment gives you close to zero bacteria counts, saves money spent on cleaning crews and chemicals, and reduces wear and tear on equipment through a single step sanitation process. For more information on Sanitech visit their website at http://www.sanitech.com

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