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Why Polyethylene Tanks Are Better Solutions for Beer and Wine Industries

The traditional choice for storing the materials in making beer and wine is stainless steel, or oak casks. But craft breweries and wineries are beginning to realize the benefits of using polyethylene instead of, or in addition to, traditional materials.

What is causing these industries to make the shift? Our polyethylene tanks are an ideal solution for craft breweries and small-batch wineries that would rather invest in scaling their business than sinking money into unnecessary equipment.

Craft Breweries

Traditionally, craft breweries use stainless steel for all components of beer making, including wastewater treatment and storing raw materials such as hops, barley, and yeast. While polyethylene tanks should not be used in pressurized situations, they can serve a purpose pre- and post-production. If you have an open site for customers to view your process, stainless steel and copper tanks are attractive tank features. But polyethylene tanks provide unique advantages. Consider how a polyethylene storage tank could contribute to your business.

Why should craft brewers choose polyethylene pre- and post-production? Consider these four factors:

  1. craft-beer-186087-edited.jpgFinancial cost. On average, polyethylene tanks cost 80% less than comparable stainless steel tanks.
  2. Portability. Polyethylene tanks are lighter and easier to move. For small-batch, craft breweries that plan to scale, poly tanks won’t get in your way and slow you down.
  3. Rapid delivery. Polyethylene tanks can usually be ordered and delivered within 3-4 weeks. If you order a stainless steel tank, you could be waiting for five months or longer.
  4. Scalability. Polyethylene tanks are available in a variety of sizes, from 55-gallon to 13,650-gallon tanks. As your craft brewery grows, you can easily order the next size tank you need and have it quickly delivered. Lower overhead, lower costs, and quicker delivery fit a highly cost effective business model.

Poly Processing is a trusted partner for many breweries who won’t trust their wastewater or raw material treatment to anyone else. Our cone-bottom tanks can be fitted with slide gates that let you easily dispense the exact quantity of hops or other raw materials that you need.

For more information about using polyethylene storage tanks in your craft brewery, contact a chemical storage tank expert today.

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Poly Processing tanks are an ideal solution for storing wine during fermentation and for transporting grapes in gondolas. Our polyethylene tanks are five times less expensive than stainless steel options. They also prevent oxygen exposure better than the thin, low-grade plastic tanks provided by some big-box companies—protecting your entire vintage from turning to vinegar.

Many of Poly Processing’s wine production tanks are FDA-compliant and NSF/ANSI 61 certified. You can order various sizes, from 30 gallons to 13,650 gallons. Some wineries even use our tanks in bio-reactor systems to generate electricity to run their operations. They store grape byproducts in the tanks and introduce bugs that break down the skins and create energy, which is converted to electricity and sent back to the winery.

While Poly Processing’s core business is chemical storage, we apply the same stringent demands for quality construction and fittings to our wine tanks. Our airtight lids and thick durable tank walls give you a cost-effective aging wine tank storage solution for un-oaked chardonnay and red wines. After production, they’re a reliable solution for wastewater treatment in any industry.

For more information on storing wine, and storage tank recommendations, download our Wine Storage System Guide.

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