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Open Fermentation 101 - Flextank

Whether in a tank or a bin with a lid, open-top fermenting is a moderately advanced technique that, when performed correctly, can provide some very beneficial properties for creating exquisite red wines.

Benefits of Open Fermentation

  • Builds a strong yeast with more oxygen exposure
  • Allows heat to escape for more manageable fermentation temperatures
  • A cap of skins and carbon dioxide produced by the yeast during alcoholic fermentation act as a blanket over the wine to protect it from outside elements

Ideal Vessels for Open-Fermenting

These and similar vessels provide quick access to the cap (the grape skins that rise to the top), allowing it to easily be punched down into the must.

Flextank 900 Gallon Fermentor
SupaTuff Bins with Lids

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