Poor Man’s Enolmaster or Rich Man’s Enolmatic
Sometimes things are too easy to ignore. I know my friend Cellar Rat is contemplating purchasing a Six Bottle Filler with electronic float control to use with his Diaphragm Pump. I can’t blame him but he is going to incur a very large expense to obtain a filler that has electronic control for his pump. The Ball and Float valve variety is a heck of a lot cheaper even when you cost factor in a pressure sensitive switch pump like the Sure Flo Even so I still have some reservations about a gravity system using a pump or not because you still are not sparging the bottles of O2 when filling them. ( probably not that big a deal )
The fact of the matter is the Enolmatic has served Amateur Winemakers for the past 20 years. It is a great machine that has proven reliability and easing maintained and repaired. It has however become a tad expensive in the 375-400 dollar range. While it works well, a good floor corker person can outstrip its ability to provide filled bottles with out some wait. Actually a good corker person can keep up with 2 Enolmatics.
Then there is the issue of cost. I posted recently a very nice smaller system that can do the job. This could save the small scale winemaker not only a few hundred in dollars but will also provide a pump for transfers and racking. Hard to beat that deal for 200.00 The AllInOneWinePump.com is something that can fit the needs of a novice and a medium producer very nicely. Besides it is 100% USA made product.
Getting back to the reason for this post. I am in the market for a pneumatic semi-automatic corker. I anticipate that I will be able to cork at a much higher rate than I am able to do now while saving a bursitis attack in my shoulder or elbow. I thought about the multi-spout units then it hit me. I already own 2 Enolmatics and a heavy duty vacuum pump I used for racking. Why not make an Enolmaster Multi-Nozzle Unit. I settled on 3 nozzles instead of 4. I can use the overflow tank of the Enolmatic or a gallon jug. For the vacuum I can use either my Enolmatic unit itself or I can use my vacuum pump.
After you look at the design it should occur to you that you can build a One Nozzle Unit using a small vacuum pump and gallon over flow for a lot less than an Enolmatic. Just a thought for Guys that are handy. And the best part is they won’t have to borrow mine anymore. Woo Hoo!!!!
At first I was going to fabricate a unit with one upright and a long cross tee with individual bars to off the cross tee to mount the nozzles. This design would have included a method to adjust the height of the main upright to allow for different size bottles. When I started to take measurements I realize that the differences between bottles were not that different. So I decided to simplify the entire design and go with 3 stationary uprights instead. After careful measuring I add a second set of holes for the shorter Burgundy bottles and the occasional Bordeaux bottles with little or no punt that tend to be about 3/4 of an inch shorter.
The Nozzles mounted nicely on the 1 inch square tubing. It could be a tad less wide but the levers fit ok. I also got the original Roller Pin and Knob. I have discovered that Glass and Aluminum don’t like each other when sliding together inserting a bottle under the nozzle. I will have to add a thin sheet of plastic or Teflon to make the bottle side better. As you can see I will use the standard Enolmatic table clamp, one on each side of the base.
From the back you can see I used cross hose barbs for the supply and the vacuum lines. I left extra length to attach to the overflow vessel and enough hose to attach to the Enolmatic Tandem Filter Canister. If not filtering I can join it to my Tri Clamp hose and go directly to a Tank in the Storage Room or a Blending Tank in the same room.
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