Economic Stainless Steel Barrels
As the economic side of winemaking gets tighter and tighter, the industry is increasingly aging wine in stainless steel tanks and stainless steel barrels. When the desired “oakiness” is needed wine makers turn to oak alternatives in the form of chips, chunks or planks.
Costing pennies to the dollar, it just doesn’t always seem to make sense to keep buying new oak wine barrels when the economics of stainless steel barrels are tough to argue:
|Product||Initial Investment||Useful Life||Replacement Cost||Per Bottle Cost|
|55 Gallon Oak Wine Barrel||$400-$900||3-5 years||$400-$900||3.00|
|55 Gallon Stainless Steel Wine Barrel||$300-$500||Lifetime||None Stainless Steel Barrels are:
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