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Pre-Bottling - Before We Arrive.
All wines must be “Bottle ready” upon our arrival. This includes polish filtration or sterile EK filtration if necessary. No in-line pad filtration will be allowed in series to bottling trailer. The filtration available in the bottling truck is to be considered an insurance policy rather than an actual “FILTRATION”
We provide two 30”- Millipore sanitary housings with code 7 type attachment. Trailer #2 can can hold 3 pre and 3 finals if needed. Any filtration desired by winery will require the purchase of filters at Market Price. SMB Inc. stocks the following Millipore Filters: .50 Depth Pre-Filters, .45 Sterile Filters, and 10 Micron (bug catcher) Filters. If you have a special need, please allow 4 weeks for delivery.
Wines must be at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit prior to commencement of bottling; this will help to eliminate condensation on bottles and enhance label application.
To check for line compatibility, please submit packaging components to:
Select Mobile Bottlers, Inc.
14 Hall Ct.
Napa, CA 94558
Winery is to provide personnel physically able to perform strenuous activity such as forklift driver, Personnel to dump bottles on unscrambling table, Personnel to pack cases and be responsible for checking package appearance, Personnel to label, stamp, and palletize the filled wine cases and a Person to fill screw cap hopper if winery is using screw caps.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES may require an additional person. For example, when bottling severely tapered bottles, or top heavy bottles, an extra person is needed to right bottles on the line.
...Or if the wine bottle necks are out of alignment and/or the capsules do not fit the bottle correctly, the capsule dispenser is unable to dispense properly. This will cause many wasted capsules and will force a slowdown of the line. Two extra personnel are required to hand foil and running slow may keep wine from being bottled on schedule and may cause overtime charges.
If you have any questions or think you have a special circumstance, please contact us prior to bottling.
Winery to supply 2 sanitary buckets for wine rinsing.
Select Technicians are responsible for line production, not supervision of winery supplied personnel so winery may want to supply winery staff supervision.
Winemaker or elected cellar person must be present upon arrival. Winery staff member must be able to make decisions and must be aware of the location of all supplies necessary to the bottling.
This person is responsible for wine pump and hose sanitation and delivery of ‘correct’ supplies to bottling trailer. Supplies will consist of wine, corks, bottles, labels, and capsules for the current wine being bottled.
Winery is to provide a forklift suitable to move product to and from bottling trailer in an efficient time frame taking into consideration it may be necessary to drive forklift on gravel or uneven surfaces.
Winery is expected to have all supplies on winery premises at least two weeks prior to bottling dates. This includes glass, corks, capsules, labels, etc…
No re-sterilized glass allowed. Although these bottles are sanitary, the mold numbers are not consistent, causing bottle size fluctuation. This situation will damage equipment, and or cause excessive glass breakage.
Winery is responsible for installing electrical connection, please see attached electrical spec sheet.
Winery must supply water at 6 gallons per minute and 50 psi continuously to bottling trailer.
Our trailer uses a 16 Spout Sparger. We recommend a large low-pressure nitrogen tank (dewer) per 1,500 cases +/-. For very light sparging we recommend a minimum of 6 high-pressure cylinders per day.
We use standard 1-½ triclover fittings on our pump and bottling trailer. We supply 100 feet of wine hose from winery to our trailer, if the trailer site exceeds more than 100 feet, winery will supply additional hose needed with 1-½ triclover ends.
Select Mobile Bottlers, Inc. assumes the right to reschedule wineries as needed. While this occurrence is rare, occasionally circumstances beyond our control arise and rescheduling is required.