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               Steaming the Bottling Line

               By: Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant
               S     team is one of the most widely used methods  ile will want to eliminate all viable bacteria and


                     of sanitizing a bottling line and cartridge filter  yeast from the bottling line and final filter prior to
                     prior to bottling.  If done properly a “ster-
                                                                    unfined and unfiltered wines sterilize their bottling
               ile bottling” can be secured at each bottling run.    bottling day.  Even winemakers who are bottling
               Steam, for safety reasons, is a nuisance, yet most   lines before bottling for extra security.  Steam,
               wineries still find it the bottling sanitation mea-  when used properly, is lethal to all living organisms.
               sure of choice.  Steam is hazardous to use and the
               author accepts no liability for error on behalf of the                     How?
               operator.  Please be careful if this is your first time!
               Be careful every time!                                 Live steam is the key to doing this procedure
                                                                    properly.  If an orifice or filler spout is expected
                 Bottling is an important time to be on your game.   to be sterile, a flow of live steam must be coming
               You will only get one chance to do this properly so   from that area.  Below are guidelines for steam-
               it must be taken very seriously.                     ing a bottling line and final filter prior to bottling.
                                                                    Some of these principals may need adjusting for
                                     Why?                           your specific line set up.


                 A winemaker interested in bottling a wine ster-      Before starting the below procedure, it is recom-

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