Inquiring Winemaker


Brewery Automation in Action

September 2011
by Tim Patterson
Every winemaker knows that it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. But beyond the value of momentary refreshment, the wine industry could do worse than to learn a few things from the brewery business about adult beverage technology.

Commercial brewing is years ahead of commercial winemaking in the adoption of advanced technology—automation, process control, temperature control, inline monitoring and clean-in-place systems. This gap exists not only at the elevated level of the big, industrial-scale players on each team but also down the size ladder, where regional, craft and microbreweries are more likely to embrace automation than comparably sized wineries. Indeed, there is at least one company specializing in fully automated systems for amateur homebrewers.

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