Ozone is a safe and effective way that breweries and wineries sanitize their equipment. In the making of beer and wine, it is extremely important to sanitize anything that comes in contact with the liquid. Bacteria can infiltrate the drink and create unpleasant smells and tastes that brewers do not want. Using ozone as a sanitizer has been gaining popularity in the wine industry for years, and breweries are picking up on the trend as well. The Sierra Nevada Brewery has installed ozone technology to keep their costs and use of expensive and harsh chemicals down.
One of the great reasons to use ozone instead of other ways is that it is an unlimited supply. Other sanitizers do not offer unlimited use, and you have to purchase more when you run out. By ozonating water with a product such as the Aqua 8, you have an unlimited source of ozonated water and sanitizing product. Another great reason that companies use ozone is because it has no waste and by products, unlike chlorine and other harsh chemicals.
Here are some of the different ways ozone can be used in wine and beer making
1. Sanitizing at start
It is very important to always sanitize any equipment that is going to come in contact with the must or wort. This ensures that no bacteria or other unwanted organisms will make their way into your drink. This can cause unwanted tastes and smells as well as infections of the yeast. Sanitizing is the most important step in the process and you want to make sure that you are doing it right.
2. Sanitizing fruits
Wine is typically made using various fruits. These fruits have been outside and could contain many different microorganisms or wild yeast that could cause problems. Ozone also gets rid of any pesticides that could be on the fruit. Using ozonated water and soaking the fruit is a great way of killing any organism and sanitizing fruits including grapes, strawberries, and much more.
3. Sanitizing bottles and assemblies
Bottling is the final stage in the process and it is equally important to sanitize the bottles and bottle cap as well as any equipment that is going to be used during this process. The liquid can be stored in bottles for long periods of time, and it is very important to make sure that the bottles will be properly sanitized and cleaned.
Our Aqua 8 model is the perfect sanitizer for equipment on a homebrewing scale. Simply fill your bucket or preferred sanitizing vessel with water, insert the Aqua 8 tubing with stone attached, and choose the setting which correlates with the amount of water used. Put all of the equipment that is going to be used into the water and begin the unit. Once the unit is finished you may remove all of the items and begin your brewing. You can transfer the water into the carboys and other fermentation buckets you may be using to sanitize those as well. Please keep in mind that ozonated water has a half life of only around 30 minutes, and after this time you would have to ozonate the water again.