As a provider of commercial HVAC in Eugene, OR, American Refrigeration, Inc. meets winemakers and repairs their equipment. It places us in a unique spot to see how much can go wrong with winemaking and the importance of temperature control from HVAC systems and refrigeration. Here are the most common mistakes that arise with winemaking and HVAC’s role in preventing it.
- Wrong equipment: Carboys and even spoons used for winemaking may not seem different from consumer products. However, the vintner’s set is specialized for their purpose, and going cheap is not an option if you want good wine. Worse yet, some winemaking facilities that are just starting out repurpose buckets or use plastic items, which affects the taste of the wine. Do not take short cuts with equipment. Use items designed for winemaking and do not put them to use for other purposes.
- Sanitation: Almost 90 percent of wine failures can be traced back to the neglect housekeeping chores. Cleaning only removes debris, but sanitizing is that extra step that stops the growth of organisms that spoil wine. This applies not only to your carboys, spoons and hoses, but even your commercial refrigerators. A sanitized environment is essential to good wine.
- Ignoring instructions: A moment of experimentation can lead to a wine disaster. Skipping essential steps at any stage of winemaking compromises taste and value. Often times, it is exhaustion kicking in as people fail to check thermostats for storage areas or do not check to see if fermentation chambers are properly sealed. If something works with a particular wine, it is time to follow that to the letter and pay attention, rather than testing a fluke of imagination.
- Water quality: Just because water is potable does not mean it is perfect for winemaking. Hard water with minerals can leave wine with a haze or metallic aftertaste. If you are looking at running a winemaking operation, you will need to install water softeners and make sure your filters are changed regularly.
- Impatience: Even the professionals are vulnerable to bottling too early. Just as you do not want to undercook a gourmet meal, you also want to ensure your wine ferments long enough. That is why the vintner’s career is not one for impatient sorts; it requires attention to detail and the willingness to wait.
- Poor temperature control: For fermentation to occur, a controlled environment must sustain a temperature of 70 to 77 degrees. White wines need cool temperatures sustained at 55 degrees. If these temperatures drop too low or a thermostat dysfunction makes them spike, your wine will suffer.
Good commercial HVAC services help prevent these mistakes in several ways. First, your technician can keep your commercial refrigerator running well so it does not break down when you are storing or fermenting white wines. Second, the same attention can be applied to HVAC systems so fermentation rooms also maintain warm temperatures for varieties that need them. This makes the provider of services for your commercial HVAC in Eugene, OR an essential member of your vintner team.
If your winery or vintner operations require commercial HVAC services with experience in this area, contact American Refrigeration, Inc. We are available to help you with commercial refrigeration, water filtration, and HVAC repair and maintenance.