Whether you are aging and fermenting a wine, or storing the finished product, these wine barrels make storage and transport of the beverage easy to handle. With multiple capacity options, you can find the barrel that's just the right size for your needs. Winemakers often use stainless steel wine drums together with traditional oak barrels. When deciding if these types of wine drums will work for you, consider what type of wine you will be making, and how it needs to be stored.
Wine Barrel Types
While oak barrels have traditionally been used for winemaking and storage, stainless steel wine barrels have begun to rise in popularity. Wooden barrels allow for some evaporation during the aging process and impact the taste and smell of the wine. With stainless steel drums, there is no impact on the taste or smell of the wine, so aging in stainless steel allows you to mix ingredients without having to account for factors like the wood's make up or age, or the amount of air the wine is exposed to. Stainless steel also makes for more durable and long lasting drums that are simple to clean. The acidic nature of wine will break down wood, and after several uses, old wine barrels must be replaced, while stainless steel can be used for many years.
Other Stainless Steel Benefits
Some stainless steel wine drums offer UV protection, shielding the wine inside from damage by UV rays. While not all steel barrels are appropriate for vinting wine, these barrels are designed for fermentation, maturation, and storage. They are also great for experimenting with flavors, since the ingredients will not be impacted by any outside factors, and can be expected to taste exactly the same from one batch to another. Even if you use oak barrels for the aging and fermentation process, stainless steel wine barrels can be an excellent way to store finished wines.