Pumps are an essential piece of equipment for any winery and are extremely useful in multiple applications. They can be used to transfer harvested grapes from a de-stemmer/crusher to the tank for fermentation, transferring between the tanks as well as filling and emptying tanker trucks. Pumps can also be used for pumping must during the blending stage of the process and are also used to move the wine to the filtering process to remove sediment or solids. Finally, pumps can be used to move the wine to the bottling line for packaging.
Below we discuss things to consider when choosing your wine pumps, as well as additional items which will make the winemaking process easier, including trolleys to help you move your pumps around the winery, and pulsation dampeners to help you obtain a better quality product.
Some pumps can pump soft or hard solids without causing damage, this information will be found in the pump’s datasheet and is usually measured in millimetres.
It’s important to get a pump that will handle the right measurements of solids, especially if you’re using it to pump must.
The amount of fluid a pump can expel is measured in either Litres Per Minute (LPM), Gallons Per Minute (GPM) or Cubic Metres Per Minute (m3/hr).
This allows you to gauge how quickly a pump can transfer liquid from A to B.
Max Head & Suction Lift
The head lift relates to how far in height the pump will need to expel the liquid and vertical suction lift measures the length that a pump can lift liquid up from its original destination.
It’s important to take into consideration where you are pumping from and to when choosing your pump.
Shearing & Pulsation
A nice, smooth flow makes the difference to any vintner’s product.
Try to ensure your pump is not shearing your product and invest in a pulsation dampener when possible, this will allow you to prevent as much air as possible from getting into your wine.
Food Grade Equipment
Food grade pumps and parts are essential when pumping anything that is intended for human consumption.
Sanitary / hygienic pumps are usually made from high grade Stainless Steel to ensure that there are no areas of the pump body where the product can sit and develop bacteria. When using peristaltic pumps, ensure the hose is food grade.
Flexible Impeller Pumps are one of the best all-purpose pumps for a winery, they are capable of handling almost all pumping tasks in a winery, including must transfer, wine transfer, bottling, CIP, transferring from barrels, pumping pumice and more.
The pumps should be fitted with Food Grade Neoprene impellers which allow the pump to be strong, efficient and gentle on the product. They are self-priming and can pump liquids with suspended solids. These pumps tend to be more affordable, even for small wineries.
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