There are followers of concrete and steel converted to. Two substances which are made vats where the wine stays, First, during his winemaking, then its breeding. The third way, is the wooden vat, damped if it dates from grandfather, very expensive to purchase. We will not discuss it here. This is our point construction of the week : stainless steel or concrete, what material to use and what to think ?
A priori no reason to think too hard. The important thing is to participate, a wine is judged primarily on its intrinsic, and non extra dry, solids but also still. Brief, something for which the concrete is a safe bet, and others for whom all that glitters is gold and that drained their bank to pay the winery stainless 10 000 euro cylinder.
The concrete tanks : they are square, built into the walls of the cellar, therefore tamperproof and outsize. Aside from an aesthetics which engages only the Cubists or fans Trabant, these cells have many advantages. Starting with the inertia generated by the concrete, that is to say, a maintenance of heat or cold steadily and prolonged. On the other hand they can serve as tank winemaking and storage tank. Finally they are cheaper than stainless steel and a life almost centennial (you just have to properly maintain the lining).
Disadvantage : cleaning, more difficult than in a stainless steel tank. Sometimes, a glass coating makes this easy.
There are another twenty years, those who had destroyed them or forsook them and replace them with steel tanks, and today, the reverse, they are re-used.
The stainless steel tanks : they are cylindrical, mostly tall and narrow to save space, sometimes quite large, stocky and sometimes, but it is rarer, horizontal (therefore wider than tall). Easy to clean, to move, to carry, thermoregulated for the latest models, they greatly facilitate the work of the cellar master. They may have compartments for working by gravity or in small batches (very convenient for the plot) and are neutral in taste from the wine. Finally they are very chic in a cellar.
Disadvantage : their inertia is less than in concrete and they cost an arm. And also, hello the water bill during washing !
We also see a lot of fiberglass tanks, first prize and also give very good the variety of the wine . However for storage is not terrible. As for the beauty product…. well, it is not there to criticize either.