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How to Easily Pump Wine out of A Wine Barrel

March 13th, 2014 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

One of the most frequent questions that we receive from our wine customers relates to the problem of transferring wine to or from the barrel. While large wineries may have sophisticated electronic pumping and transfer systems, smaller wineries struggle with finding an easy and consistent way of emptying their stainless steel wine barrels. We have recently discovered a manual pump that works beautifully with our entire series of wine drums. GoatThroat pumps work by pressurizing a drum to dispense liquids with one touch, as easily as using a faucet. A few strokes of the piston can pressurize any container from 2-gallon jugs to 55-gallon drums. One-touch flow control dispenses liquids at a controlled rate to prevent waste, conserve inventory, and produce precisely measured amounts every time. Flow can be continuous, or adjusted to dispense liquids at rates up to 4.5 gallons per minute depending on viscosity. The pumps can be quickly attached to any container from 1-gallon jugs to our 55-gallon wine barrels. A few strokes of the plunger pressurizes the container, and liquids can be dispensed with one touch of the tap, as easily as opening and closing a faucet. Precise flow control helps to conserve inventory by eliminating the guesswork from dispensing and measuring precise amounts of expensive chemicals. A patented drip-proof tap prevents leaks, and a unique air-pressure dispensing system allows containers to be completely drained while remaining in a safe, upright position without the need to turn a barrel on its side. Wineries can also save time and money not having to clean up spills or overflows. Unlike expensive electrical pumps, the pumps cost less, require no power, and create no potential sparking hazard. With only three moving parts, the pumps are nearly maintenance-free. Constructed of 100% non-reactive polypropylene, these pumps are exceptionally durable to assure long service and reliability in even the most demanding winery environment. For more information check out the GoatThroat web site at www.goatthroat.com.

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