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The Vineyard Is Now On Tap! From The Winery... Straight To Your Glass

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A good glass of wine is one of the great pleasures in life. A glass of wine that’s gone bad is significantly less pleasant, but keeping wine fresh is a surprisingly difficult task—one that can be solved using tap wine systems. These innovative systems, which resemble draft beer systems, preserve your wine in the optimal conditions to keep it fresh and flavorful from the moment it leaves the winery to the moment it hits your glass.

How exactly does serving wine by the keg help keep wine fresh? We’re so glad you asked!

Wine is vulnerable to both oxidation and fluctuation in temperatures, meaning that improper transportation and storage can damage and change the taste of the wine before the bottle is even opened. Once the bottle is opened, exposure to air will cause the wine to oxidize and go bad within a matter of days. Fortunately, the power of technology means that in the modern era these problems have an easy fix.  By storing and serving wine in kegs instead of in bottles, you can protect the wine from both changes in temperature and exposure to oxygen. Your wine will stay fresher, longer, so that you have the perfect taste in every glass.

First and foremost, kegs are more resistant to temperature changes than are bottles. Partly this is due to materials: stainless steel kegs will change temperature less than glass bottles. In addition, the volume of wine in a keg means that even when the keg itself becomes over heated or over cooled, the wine will take longer to change temperature than it would in a smaller container. This advantage means that your wine will be less susceptible to the unpredictable conditions of storage and transportation that can happen between the winery and your establishment.

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Second, serving wine by the keg keeps the wine significantly fresher than serving it from bottles, because it prevents the oxidation that causes spoilage. When wine is served from a bottle and then re-corked, the air inside the bottle will cause the wine to oxidize. The wine will then spoil within a matter of days, meaning that you may have to throw away bottles of wine from which you’ve served only one or two glasses. When wine is served from a keg, however, the problem of oxidation is eliminated, as is the problem of waste.  Once the keg has been tapped, the wine inside it is kept under pressure with a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide gases. No oxygen remains within the keg. Because of this unique system, wine on tap can be kept for a full year after the keg is opened and taste perfect every single day.

With the incredible technological advantages of wine on tap systems solving the primary problems of temperature and oxidation, you gain a competitive advantage that few others can claim. The wine you serve your clients will taste exactly the way that the vintners intended—it’s almost as though your tap system is a direct link between the winery and the glass!

Intrigued? Find everything you need to set up your own wine dispensing system today!

A Guide to Draught Beer Glassware

Here at MicroMatic, we tend to focus on the technical details of beer: cooling systems, keg couplers, beer lines, etc. All of these things are critical for getting top-quality, great-tasting beer from the keg to the glass...but sometimes, we need to focus on the actual glass! Here’s a quick and handy guide to bar glassware for all the different types of beer that you’re likely to serve.

The Pint Glass
This classic glass, also called a tumbler, is the most frequently used of all beer glasses. It is appropriate for almost all varieties of beer, and it’s used in pretty much every beer-serving venue around the world.

The Pilsner Glass
Tall, slim, and trumpet-shaped, a pilsner glass is designed to highlight the color and carbonation for which pilsners are known.

The Weizen Glass
These tall glasses are designed to show off the beautiful color and aroma of wheat beers and to allow enough space for the foamy head.

The Chalice/Goblet
These stemmed glasses with wide rims are most appropriate to Trappist beers and beers of similar quality. They maintain the beer head and show off the sparkle of the brew.

The Tankard
These classic glasses have handles perfect for raising your glass. They’re generally used for ales and stouts, as well as Oktoberfest beers.

Though this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a great beginning for choosing the perfect glassware for your beers on tap! And don’t underrate the importance of “brewery clean” glassware. That is a future article in itself coming soon.

Brewing Great Businesses; Build the Ultimate Draft Beer System for your Restaurant or Bar

When you’re building up your restaurant or bar business, there are a number of things that you’ll be thinking about that range from the technical to the aesthetic to the mundane. On the technical side, your draft beer system should be one of your primary considerations. A well-designed draft beer system will deliver superior taste and quality, and keep your patrons coming back for more.

When you’re building your ultimate draft beer system, the main things that you’ll need to think about are temperature and space. Specifically, the space where you’ll store your kegs, and how far it is from the space where you’ll actually be dispensing your beer. This one simple question determines what type of cooling system you need—and cooling systems are at the heart of making a draft beer system successful.

The two main types of cooling systems are air cooling systems and glycol cooling systems. Each one is designed to keep your beer at a stable, cold temperature as it travels along the beer lines from the refrigerated keg to the tap where it’s finally served. If the distance between your keg refrigeration unit and your dispense point is relatively short, then an air cooling system should work well for you. If your dispense point is in a remote location greater from your keg refrigeration room, then you’ll need a glycol cooling system to keep your beer consistently cold.

Once your perfectly cooled beer has reached the tap, often called a faucet, it’s time to think about the taps themselves. Then the lines that the beer just traveled through and the hardware that connects the lines to the keg and the tap. Specifically, are they clean? Next to temperature, cleanliness is the second most important factor in making sure that your beer tastes great once it’s served. As you establish your draft beer system, make sure that it’s spotless. Then set up a regular schedule to clean your beer lines and hardware. In general, cleaning your beer lines every two weeks is a good idea to maintain the taste and quality that the brewer first intended.

A proper cooling system that’s set up for your space and a regular schedule for cleaning your beer lines are two cornerstones of having a successful bar or restaurant business. With perfectly cold beer and a brewery-fresh taste, your clients will keep coming back for more!