Pillow Plates can be used in all kinds of industries to cool or heat your product
Omega Thermo Products has years of experience in producing Laser Plates for stainless steel wine tanks. We know how much love and dedication is put into the production of wine and cooling is an important part of wine production. By coating wine tanks with Omega Laser Plates, the wine is soaked, fermented and matured consistently at the right temperature. The wine producer can decide how much the wine is cooled at different stages. This puts the fermentation and aging process in the wine maker’s hands.
Cold soaking with Laser Plates
The carefully selected grapes will be saved in a cooled wine vessel to extract pigment and fragment from the peels without the bitter taste of tannins. This process determines, for a large part, the color and taste of the wine. Because of the importance of this process, you need a consistent cooling system. By making careful heat transfer calculations, you can determine exactly how you want to cool the wine.
During the fermentation process, carbon dioxide is released through the mixing of yeast, sugar and ethanol. These substances generate heat that can be regulated with a wine tank that is covered with Omega Laser Plates. This way the wine will be fermented at the correct temperature.
The aroma is preserved with white wines. In red wines, where the fermentation temperature increases, the deep red color of the wine is made and the tannin content in the wine is determined.
To keep the high residual sugar level, the wine producer must drop the temperature quickly to stop the fermentation process. Omega Laser Plates are very suitable to support this fermentation process. The tanks can be cooled and temperatures can be regulated easily.
In the fermentation process, through crystallization, sulfur and lime are released. To prevent the tank wall from calcifying, we can also weld 'bright annealed' sheets. We deliver these sheets with a protective PVC, so you can remove it before using.
Where once only wooden barrels were used to ripen the wine, there is now a large increase in wine samples from stainless steel wine tanks. Steel tanks are often used for spicy white wines such as Pinot Gris, although many red wines are also matured in steel tanks. 80% of our customers process their red wine in steel wine tanks.
The sidewall and head of the wine tank can be equipped with our Laser Plates and can be cooled with the desired cooling medium. The inside of the tank will not be affected by the laser welding. Omega’s Laser Plates can be supplied with a plastic PVC film to protect the inside of the tank through welding, shipping and installation.
Do you want to know if Laser Plate Heat Exchangers are a solution for your application? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
Guided tours and tastings are offered at many wineries. To make the wine cellars more attractive, wine producers often choose aesthetically pleasing, shiny wine tanks. Omega Laser Plates can be supplied with a shiny and polished finish. If needed we can also weld the wineries logo or design into the tank shell.
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