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Type: Journal article
Title: Distributed wireless monitoring system for ullage and temperature in wine barrels
Author: Zhang, W.
Skouroumounis, G.
Monro, T.
Taylor, D.
Citation: Sensors, 2015; 15(8):19495-19506
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1424-8220
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Wenqi Zhang, George K. Skouroumounis, Tanya M. Monro, and Dennis Taylor
Abstract: This paper presents a multipurpose and low cost sensor for the simultaneous monitoring of temperature and ullage of wine in barrels in two of the most important stages of winemaking, that being fermentation and maturation. The distributed sensor subsystem is imbedded within the bung of the barrel and runs on battery for a period of at least 12 months and costs around $27 AUD for all parts. In addition, software was designed which allows for the remote transmission and easy visual interpretation of the data for the winemaker. Early warning signals can be sent when the temperature or ullage deviates from a winemakers expectations so remedial action can be taken, such as when topping is required or the movement of the barrels to a cooler cellar location. Such knowledge of a wine's properties or storage conditions allows for a more precise control of the final wine quality.
Keywords: Temperature; Fermentation; Surface Properties; Wine; Internet; Costs and Cost Analysis; Wireless Technology
Rights: © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0030033349
DOI: 10.3390/s150819495
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