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I’m a beginner winemaker. Is a plastic fermentation tank ok?



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Kinnek Knowledge Team

Absolutely, plastic fermentation tanks are a perfectly reasonable choice for a beginner winemaker.  They are quite popular, in fact.  You can find suppliers offering custom plastic tanks with airtight lids and spigots, and such solutions are typically much cheaper than stainless steel or even oak tank alternatives.  The problem with plastic fermentation tanks is that they aren't particularly durable, and they may expose the wine to destructive bacteria over time.  When working with the plastic tank (or cleaning it), small scratches accumulate over time.  Bacteria can then grow in these grooves, which will ultimately pose a threat to proper fermentation.  As such, plastic is a great way to get started, and you can always replace or fix your tanks as they become over-scratched, but in the long-haul, you'll likely want to invest in a more durable material.

Jul 25, 2016

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