1.  Set Up – Other Items Needed to Transfer Wine           
   a.  The 1 Tri Clover wine outlet fitting can clamp directly to 1 ½  Tri Clover.             
   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
       gas bottle.           
   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           
   a.  Insert wand in barrel and seat bung in snugly. note: 50mm bungs are standard, 48mm
        are also available.           
   b.  Make sure stainless steel lever arms of Speed Ear are in up position. 
  3.  Sealing the Barrel           
   a.  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).           
   b.  Press down the lever arms of Speed Ear to finish expansion of the bung to seal tight
        in bung hole. 
  4.  Introduce Gas           
   a.  Open the gas inlet Ball Valve.           
   b.  Start gas introduction slow.  The high end of safe gas pressure in barrels is 15 psi.           
   c.  A 20 psi Pressure Relief Valve (PRV) is installed to alert when pressures have exceeded
       safe levels.           
   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           
   a.  Turn Brass Adjuster top cap clockwise to loosen tension.           
   b.  Slide the wand slowly down monitoring Sightglass until lees are barely detected.           
   c.  Raise wand slightly until lees disappear, your are now just above the lees bed.           
   d.  To lock the wand at the height position turn Brass Adjuster cap counter clockwise. 
  6.  Timing           
   a.  When close to the end of a racking, shut gas valve and use residual pressure to finish
        the racking.           
   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.

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