Winegrowers Supplies  -  Stainless steel Variable Capacity tanks

Variable Capacity tanks, for fermentation and storage, are 'always full' due to the separate pneumatically sealed inner lid which can be set at any height within the tank;
during fermentation it is set about 50 mm above the liquid surface, at other times the lid is lowered to rest on the liquid.

The pneumatic sealing tube is pumped up (to 0.5 bar) with a small hand pump rather like a bicycle tyre pump.
When the sealing tubes are new they are a very tight fit, difficult to stretch around the lid. With use they stretch gradually and become progressively easier to fit.
A list of tube sizes and prices.

Volume calculations, measurements should be accurate to 0.1 cm :-
1. Before first using a tank:-
a. calculate the volume in litres per cm height = surface area (π r2, where π = 3.14159, r = radius in cm) divided by 1000.
b. calculate the total volume in litres = internal height at the side of the tank (in cm) x the volume in litres per cm height; plus (if the tank has a concave base) the volume of the concave base, measured by pouring in water from a measuring jug.
2. Calculating the volume of liquid in the tank:-
use a tape measure (with the end lowered to touch the liquid surface) to measure the height of the liquid surface below the top of the tank. Measure down on two opposite sides, and take an average of the two heights, as the tank may not be standing quite horizontally. Multiply this average height by the volume in litres per cm height, and subtract the result from the total volume.

Note: cleaning the tanks.

Variable Capacity tanks from three manufacturers:-

Vertical cylinders with flat bottom or concave bottom; flat bottom tanks can be placed on a small pallet, which can be moved around with a pallet-truck.
Internal cooling can be fitted through the lids of all types:-

Italian: high quality, excellent value:-

    

 flat bottom, with one 1" bsp female-thread outlet,
      except for the 100 litre which is " bsp:-

      100 litres (470/450 mm diameter, 800 mm high)   240
      230 litres (640/620 mm diameter, 820 mm high)   305
      330 litres (640/620 mm diameter, 1160 mm high)  385
      530 litres (770/750 mm diameter, 1270 mm high)  495
      640 litres (770/750 mm diameter, 1520 mm high)  640
      800 litres (960/940 mm diameter, 1220 mm high)  695
    1000 litres (960/940 mm diameter, 1520 mm high)  850

 optional stainless steel stand:-   
                                 for 230 + 330 litres  125
                                 for 530 + 640 litres  135
                                 for 800 + 1000 litres 160

 stainless steel dust cover lids are available at extra cost:-
                                for 640 mm diameter 58
                                for 770 mm diameter 63
                                for 960 mm diameter 75

 

with three stainless steel welded-on legs, a DIN40 female-thread racking outlet, a concave bottom with V-channel to DIN40 female-thread final-drain outlet, and with level/sight gauge and sampling tap.
Also a crane to lift the lid (adds 350 mm to the height) with 1000 litre and 1250 litre:-

      530 litres (770/750 mm diameter, 1720 mm high)  890
    1000 litres (960/940 mm diameter, 1970 mm high) 1240
    1250 litres (1020/1040 mm diameter, 1970 mm high) 1470

   optional rectangular man-way door (320 mm x 430 mm) at bottom, for red wine etc, 440 extra

In my winery I changed from Speidel tanks to these, I find that the size of the 1000 litre tank is very convenient to work with.


or ECO flat-bottom stainless steel tanks:-

  

variable capacity tanks; slightly thinner stainless steel, marbled finish:-

    300 litres (620/600 mm diameter, 1000 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 315

    stainless steel dust cover lids are available at extra cost, 33

    optional painted steel stands:-

              
    for 620 mm diameter, 50

or Juice Containers, with just a dust cover lid, instead of the inner floating lid:-

 

     50 litres (385/365 mm diameter, 500 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 125
     75 litres (
385/365 mm diameter, 750 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 139
   100 litres (
435/415 mm diameter, 750 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 159

   150 litres (530/510 mm diameter, 750 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 195
   200 litres (
620/600 mm diameter, 750 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 229
   300 litres (
620/600 mm diameter, 1000 mm high) " bsp female outlet, 269

   optional painted steel stands:-

              
    for 385 mm diameter, 35
    for 435 mm diameter, 37
    for 530 mm diameter, 40
    for 620 mm diameter, 50

Spare parts: white plastic cap set for floating lid of Italian VC tanks, fits a 44 mm diameter hole,
                     bulkhead fitting with closing cap and 2 seals, 9.50

SSP Slovenian tanks: excellent quality and value:-

           

three legs (350 mm) or four legs (400 mm high) from 4000 litres upwards, concave bottom and V-channel to final drain bottom outlet DIN40 or DIN50, racking outlet DIN40 or DIN50,
butterfly-valves (or ball-valves) DIN40 or DIN50 female to DIN40 or DIN50 male, DIN20 sample valve, and (from 1500 litre upwards) a level/sight gauge and a crane to hoist the lid;
the crane extends 400 mm above the tank top, so to calculate total height add 400 mm to the heights in the list below.

Prices, complete with all the above fittings:-

     500 litres (730 mm diameter, 1600 mm high)    900 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
     600 litres (796 mm diameter, 1600 mm high)    990 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
     700 litres (796 mm diameter, 1850 mm high)   1090 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost

   1000 litres (955 mm diameter, 1850 mm high)   1410 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   1200 litres (1020 mm diameter, 1850 mm high)  1780 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   1500 litres (1146 mm diameter, 1850 mm high)  2185 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost

   2000 litres (1314 mm diameter, 1850 mm high)  2395 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   2000 litres (1146 mm diameter, 2350 mm high)  2485 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   3200 litres (1433 mm diameter, 2350 mm high)  3180 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost

   4000 litres (1592 mm diameter, 2400 mm high)  3743 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   5000 litres (1592 mm diameter, 2900 mm high)  4410 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   6000 litres (1592 mm diameter, 3400 mm high)  4959 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost

   7200 litres (1751 mm diameter, 3400 mm high)  5580 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   8000 litres (1850 mm diameter, 3400 mm high)  6530 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
   9000 litres (1910 mm diameter, 3525 mm high)  6980 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost
10,000 litres (1910 mm diameter, 3900 mm high)  7600 Euros + delivery from Slovenia at cost

Larger volumes on request.

Options:

Stainless steel winch, 220 Euros. You really need one for 1300 mm diameter or larger tanks, where the lids are heavy:

    it's included in the prices for 4000 litres and larger.

Cooling jacket, with two " bsp male threads, working pressure 1.5 bar, attested to 4 bar, 365 Euros per square metre of cooling surface.

  Recommended cooling jacket surface area vs volume.

Adjustable height feet, 180 Euros for three. From 4000 litres upwards, the tanks have 4 legs so 240 Euros.

Decantor arm, DIN40, rotates through 90 degrees for racking; requires DIN40 ball-valve on racking outlet, 260 Euros
thermometer (analogue or digital), 89 Euros
stainless steel Gr.37/70 flap-valve with sealing cap, for using a tank rouser, with reinforced steel, 80 + 60 = 140 Euros
RJT male threads can be welded to the valve-outlets (instead of DIN threads), 30 Euros extra for each

oval man-way door, for white wine, just above racking outlet, Laveggi A5, 420 mm x 310 mm, 506 Euros
rectangular man-way door, for red wine, at bottom, Laveggi B5, 310 mm x 420 mm, 546 Euros

Viton seals, for storing high % alcohol (above 45%), price on request.
Higher grade AISI 316 stainless steel, price on request.
Dust cover lids: 955 mm 75 Euros, 1115 mm 135 Euros, 1370 mm + 1433 mm 210 Euros, 1624 mm + 1751 mm 240 Euros, 1847 mm - 2070 mm 360 Euros

Speidel: made in Germany: please e-mail for delivery lead time:-

          

Type FO: concave bottom and V-channel to DIN40 or DIN50 threaded bottom outlet, three legs, hole for Gr.37/70 flap-valve (or DIN40 / DIN50 thread):-

  530 litres (820 mm diameter, 1361 mm high)    756 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
  675 litres (820 mm diameter, 1620 mm high)    802 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
  910 litres (820 mm diameter, 2109 mm high)   1019 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost

1100 litres (1000 mm diameter, 1791 mm high)  1225 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
1600 litres (1200 mm diameter, 1831 mm high)  1608 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
2200 litres (1400 mm diameter, 1841 mm high)  1955 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
3300 litres (1400 mm diameter, 2579 mm high)  2485 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost

2850 litres (1600 mm diameter, 1873 mm high)  2675 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
3850 litres (1600 mm diameter, 2361 mm high)  3190 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost

6100 litres (1800 mm diameter, 2871 mm high)  4200 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost
7400 litres (1800 mm diameter, 3371 mm high)  4496 Euros + delivery from Germany at cost

and many other volumes, up to 25,000 litres, please ask for prices.

The above Speidel prices do not include fittings, when these are added the prices are higher than SSP:-

stainless steel butterfly-valve with sealing cap: DIN40 to DIN40 or 32-Mainz, 130 Euros
stainless steel butterfly-valve with sealing cap: DIN50 to DIN40 or 32-Mainz or 1" bsp, 130 Euros
stainless steel Gr.37/70 flap-valve with sealing cap, 80 Euros

level/sight-gauge, 159 Euros upwards according to size
sample tap, 40 Euros
temperature gauge housing, with analogue thermometer, 89 Euros

crane to hoist lid (necessary for 1200 mm diameter or larger):-
   155 Euros for 1200 mm diameter,
   210 Euros for 1400 mm diameter,
   257 Euros for 1600 mm diameter,
   297 Euros for 1800 mm diameter,
The crane is the stainless steel arm (which fits in a socket and swings in an arc), with a pulley wheel over which a thick cord runs.
There is an optional stainless steel winch, 260 Euros extra. You need one for 1400 mm diameter or larger tanks, where the lids are very heavy:

   

man-way door (420 x 320 mm, Oval for white wine), 210 Euros
man-way door (310 x 420 mm, Rectangular for red wine), 505 Euros
cooling jacket, with two 1" bsp male threads, various sizes.

Adjustable height feet, 26 Euros for each; 3 or more are needed.

Speidel spare parts:-
orange plastic closing cap for floating lid of Speidel variable capacity tanks, with rubber internal seal, 4.50
complete orange plastic cap set (bulkhead fitting with closing cap and 2 seals), 9.50

Replacement pneumatic sealing tubes,

replacement air-pump complete with pressure gauge, 29.00
                        pressure gauge only, 9.00
replacement air hose (2 metres long), 2.50


Prices shown are exclusive of Vat.
Delivery will need to be charged at cost.

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