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Backup Generators Improve Quality Control For Winemakers

wine in storageWinemaking is an ancient art that has become extremely high-tech, as producers aim to create a product that has consistent quality to appeal to consumers and build brand loyalty. Increasingly, growers are implementing technology that requires electrical power at all levels of the production process, from when the grapes are on the vine to when the finished bottles are sent off to the distributor. Ensuring consistency is a matter of quality control, so generators are often key to maintaining the best conditions for making the best wine.

Backup Generators Used At Every Stage Of The Winemaking Process

Consumers may like to think that winemaking is a natural process, but the winemakers do what they can to make sure that growing conditions, fermentation, testing, aging, and storage are optimum to ensure the best product. This often involves maintaining temperature, which is dependent on external power sources that must remain constant. Both in the field and within production facilities, gas and diesel generators are very much in demand to make sure this happens.

  • Growing. Grapes need water to reach their potential, so many growers use drip irrigation systems to keep the roots moist. Composed of a network of valves, pipes, and tubing and emitters, the system requires either solar power or a gas or diesel powered generator to do the job. There are often sensors built into the system to determine how water flows through the plant and send alerts if more water is needed.
  • Sorting. Once grapes are harvested from the vines, growers want to sort the food for shape, size, and color, while rejecting grapes that do not meet standards. Many vendors use a device that pairs a vibrating metal plate that separates the fruit, sends it onto a conveyor belt, and takes a digital image that is used to match each fruit to the standard. When power from the grid is not available, generators keep the process going so that substandard fruit does not slip through.
  • Testing. Vintners also conduct many tests on wine at different points in the process to measure oxygen content, sugar levels, alcohol content, chemical content, temperature, and other variables. The testing must continue even if the power is out, so essential testing functions, using spectrometers and other devices, continue by generator power even if the grid is down.
  • Bottling. The bottling process includes automated filling, corking, labeling, and packing. During the corking process extra air is sucked out of the bottle to produce headspace or negative pressure and keep thermal expansion in check to prevent the bottle from exploding. Keeping the line going at a steady speed is important for economy, while proper corking is essential for quality.
  • Storing. Once the wine is bottled, storage at a consistent temperature and humidity is crucial to proper aging.


Installing The Right Backup Equipment

At any point during the winemaking process, lost power can lead to thousands of gallons of spoiled or poor quality wine. Power generators enable a commercial winery to produce a consistently good product that promotes brand loyalty.

If you are looking for backup generators for your winery, Coastal Power & Equipment of Houston, Texas can supply the reliable new or used generators you need. For information, just call us at 281-962-1023 or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.