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Old 12-26-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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Fermtech Ltd. - manufacturers of specialty home beer and winemaking equipment

Has anyone ever used this? I really can't find anything good or bad with it. Anyways a wine store just opened up in my town, and they sell fresh wine by the liter from their barrels, I want to be able to purchase some and drink it leisurely without having it oxidize... is this the route I should go?
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
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It looks like an open-top trash can with a spigot. Another option could be this or this ....

But THIS is what I plan to use for my wine or beer.

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I've used something similar- it was called emptywinebox.com or something like that. I don't know what happened to the guy, as he was a vendor here and then sort of disappeared. But anyway, it's a plastic bag, and you fill it and it goes into a box. It worked really well, and I was happy with it.

The bag is crucial, as it protects the wine from oxidation and light.

The thing is, I don't really mind bottling that much, and so I don't know if it was such a big advantage as you still have to fill the bag the same way as a bottle. The one big advantage would be if you drink that same wine everyday, for the convenience of just having it handy on the counter.

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Old 12-27-2011, 07:00 AM   #4
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Yeah.. we have a mini oak barrel that I've modded to hold bags of wine out of the box, and that's what I was trying to aim for with his, except be able to fill it on my own and not worry about the oxidation. Thanks for the input, I'll definitely take a look at some of the other options.

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It looks like an open-top trash can with a spigot. Another option could be this or this ....

But THIS is what I plan to use for my wine or beer.
None of these are even remotely the same as the Fermatech device. They will NOT work for wine.
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None of these are even remotely the same as the Fermatech device. They will NOT work for wine.
Why won't the Tap-A-Draft work for wine? Besides, I did not claim the same device, just said an alterenative could be.....
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Why won't the Tap-A-Draft work for wine? Besides, I did not claim the same device, just said an alterenative could be.....
The Tap-a-Draft is for carbonated beverages (which wine is not) and those are NOT alternatives, not even close...
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If you put wine in a tap a draft you would end up with a spritzer or carbonated wine.

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...whoops, almost let the cat out of the bag with my original post...

Tap-A-Draft uses patented technology and food-grade cartridges to help keep your beverages fresh and dispensing properly. As your drink is poured through the Tap-A-Draft System, gas is allowed to enter the bottle to maintain the pressure in the container. For carbonated beverages like beer and soda, using CO2 cartridges, the Tap-A-Draft System keeps the level of carbonation accurate and the taste fresh. Using Nitrous or Argon cartridges with wine will create a barrier to help prevent oxidization of the beverage.

I thought this was a different product. After reading their website, it is not what I thought.

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Depending on the quantity you're buying from the maker, I'd say yes, I've seen discussion on the bag in box method and I've heard it works quite well for a short term to moderate term dispensing. Lets say that you decide to buy a gallon of wine from the place, I'd go with the bag in box and drink it within 2-3 months.

Alternatively, if you were going to buy 5 gallons worth of their wine (or lets say you made some) you can also put wine into a keg and dispense in a similar way. I don't have a nitrogen system (yet), so what I do is either move the keg up high and hook co2 up at a measily 1-2 psi and let gravity pull the wine down a dispenser (picnic tap and hose) and let the co2 fill the space without pressurizing the wine.

High, in some cases, may be up on top of a small footstool or bench.

Given that you are out in Italy, I'd get something light like the Fermtech and at the rate me and my friends drink wine, probably fill the bag once a week. (Assuming a glass or two a day).

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