drain hopper

Definition

Wine

  • a special crush tank fitted with a filter and valve that can be opened to allow juice from the freshly crushed grape must to drain out. When producing white wine the winemaker does not want the juice to be in contact with the seeds and other solids, so the juice is drained off. When making red wine the valve is closed to allow the juice to macerate and take on the colour and flavour of seeds and skins.
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