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Cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels. 30. Giconmes industrial steam generators

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Cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels.

Sanitization of barrels.

The cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels is an essential task to ensure the quality and flavor of wines, and it is carried out through a careful process that involves specialized techniques and products



Original situation:

Cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels.


Removal of “Brettanomyces” yeast, fungi, and residues derived from wine production. Maintaining the properties of the barrel, extending its lifespan, and optimizing aging. Preventing wine spoilage.

Manual application of water and chemicals.

  • Incomplete sanitization of the barrel despite the significant amount of time invested.
  • Need for labor throughout the entire process.
  • Excessive amounts of water and chemicals required.

Proposed solution:

Customized steam solution developed by Giconmes.

Proposed solution:

Use of a mobile 20 kW steam generator that supplies steam through a device with a conical adapter into the barrel.

Technology used:

  • Mobile 20 kW steam generator.
    Achieving temperatures of up to 100ºC throughout the barrel's interior. Flexibility to use it for the sanitization of bottling lines, operating at 6 bar and 165ºC in these cases.
  • Device with a conical adapter, steam diffusers, and a thermometer inserted inside the barrel.
  • Quick-connect hose for easy and efficient supply of steam from the generator.
Cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels. CTA 3. Giconmes industrial steam generators

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The benefits obtained by the customer
through the installation of steam generators:

  • Automation with sufficient capacity to sanitize 225 L barrels in 15 minutes.
  • Reduction in the need for manual labor.
  • 90% savings in water consumption.
  • 100% savings in chemical product consumption.
  • Complete sanitization.

Cleaning and disinfection of wine barrels. dot. Giconmes industrial steam generatorsFAQs

We understand that many questions may arise. Here are some of the most common ones.

There are no emissions other than those produced in the electricity production process. Therefore, they can be neutral depending on the electricity mix. Electric steam boilers are the present and the future.

Absolutely. In fact, it is recommended to achieve maximum efficiency. There is no problem with remote control as long as current regulations are followed.

A steam generator is a pressure vessel that, along with the pipe network it is connected to, is subject to regulatory control and complementary technical instructions, according to the regulations published in Royal Decree 809/2021, dated September 21st. Its maintenance is divided into a part that can be easily performed by the owner:

  1. Familiarize yourself with and apply the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use, safety measures, and maintenance.
  2. Do not put the installation into operation or prevent the operation of pressure equipment if the requirements of the regulations are not met.
  3. It is necessary to have, at least, the following documentation of the pressure equipment while they are installed: Declaration of Conformity, if applicable, manufacturer’s instructions, and, if necessary, installation certificate, along with other supporting documentation (such as Installation Project, record of the last periodic inspection, certifications of equipment repairs or modifications, as well as any other documentation required by the corresponding complementary technical instruction (ITC) of this regulation). For detailed information, please refer to Annex IV of the regulation. This documentation should be made available to the competent authority of the autonomous community and to the companies that carry out maintenance, repairs, or periodic inspections.
  4. Use the pressure equipment within the intended operating limits specified by the manufacturer, and remove them from service if they no longer meet the necessary safety requirements.
  5. Perform maintenance on the installations, pressure equipment, safety accessories, and control devices in accordance with the operating conditions and manufacturer’s instructions, and conduct inspections at least once a year.
  6. Arrange for the necessary periodic inspections as stipulated in Article 6 of the regulation.
  7. Maintain an up-to-date record of pressure equipment belonging to categories I to IV, as defined in RD 709/2015, dated July 24th, or equipment deemed equivalent to these categories according to Article 3.2 of the regulation, as well as their installations.

It is known that by applying heat to water, it transforms into steam at its boiling point under atmospheric pressure. From this point onwards, depending on the desired level of steam saturation for its proper application, we may need to increase the pressure in order to achieve higher temperature. To change the temperature and saturation level of the steam, we always need to adjust the pressure.

It is a unit of pressure equivalent to 1 kg/cm2, 0.98 atmospheres, or 14.50 PSI.

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