1. Set Up – Other Items Needed to Transfer Wine
a. The 1” Tri Clover wine outlet
fitting can clamp directly to 1 ½” Tri
b. A light weight Tri Clover Butterfly Valve can be sandwiched between wine outlet and 1 ½”
Tri Clover hose fitting. Using 1 ½”
valve is much less restrictive than 1”.
c. Gas inlet on wand is ¼”
MNPT. Work with your gas supplier for gas fitting set up to
d. You can use various types of inert gas
but Nitrogen is the most economical. CO2 will
e. We advise use of Food Grade gas so bottles
will be certified clean.
2. Getting Started
Insert wand in barrel and seat bung in snugly. note:
50mm bungs are standard, 48mm
42mm are also available.
b. Make sure stainless steel lever
arms of Speed Ear are in up position.
3. Sealing the Barrel
Turn the long section of Brass Adjuster to tighten lightly. (If using without Speed Ear turn
approx. 2 revolutions
to expand bung to seal tight in bung hole).
Press down the lever arms of Speed Ear to finish expansion of the bung to seal tight
in bung hole.
4. Introduce Gas
Open the gas inlet Ball Valve.
b. Start gas introduction slow.
The high end of safe gas pressure in barrels is 15 psi.
A 20 psi Pressure Relief Valve (PRV) is installed to alert when pressures have exceeded
d. If gas escapes the PRV immediately
shut off gas valve at Pup.
e. Troubleshoot why your pressure
is too high (see IMPORTANT below)
5. Setting Height Position
Turn Brass Adjuster top cap clockwise to loosen tension.
Slide the wand slowly down monitoring Sightglass until lees are barely detected.
Raise wand slightly until lees disappear, your are now just above the lees bed.
To lock the wand at the height position turn Brass Adjuster cap counter clockwise.
When close to the end of a racking, shut gas valve and use residual pressure to finish
b. Using a watch to time rackings
can help you estimate when to shut off gas for economy.
c. At 15 psi a 60 gallon barrel should empty
in 3 minutes, this can vary with length and height of run.
- Do not exceed recommended pressure
– 15 psi.
- Inspect PRV regularly-replace yearly with regular use.
- Do not use the ring on PRV to release residual
pressure in barrel, this will shorten the life and reliability.
- Rack sound barrels without obvious flaws.
Remember they are wood barrels not steel pressure tanks.
- Do not use a flow meter as a regulator the pressure
can creep to 50 psi.
- Seek professional advice from your gas supplier about proper regulators to use.
- If the Brass Adjuster
is hard to slide, use food grade silicone spray sparingly.