vintrace allows you to keep track of the ferment state of each of your wine and integrates with additive and analysis data to ensure the fermentation data is always accurate. Ferments can be manually started and stopped via the product overview screen (see below) but in order to use the addition and metric integration tools, ferment policies will need to be setup. To see all of your ferments at a glance you can use Console > Ferment Console.
Setting up start and stop ferment policies.
Open winery setup > Treatment > Ferment Treatment. You can edit the existing ferments that are listed or create a new policy. In this example we setup a start ferment policy that will automatically prompt the user to stop when a low glucose/fructose metric is entered. Ensure our ferment type is set to alcoholic and the start/stop section is set to Start ferment.
In order for this policy to prompt a user to stop ferment on metric data entry you will need to assign a metric threshold policy as the stop policy, click the plus symbol next the stop policy dropdown menu to create a new one. As seen in picture below you will want to fill out and the correct metric thresholds you want this to trigger on, ensure the "Add" button is clicked before hitting save.
Please note that the stop policy will only trigger when setup prior to starting a ferment. If you set up the stop policies after ferments have started the triggers will not activate.
Starting Ferment from Yeast/Bacteria Additions
To trigger this policy to start when yeasts are entered you will want to link this policy to the additives cause treatment. Open winery setup > Production > Additives. Open a yeast product and fill out the cause treatment as shown in the image below. The Start Ferment Policy will trigger yeast additive operation is completed. If you have a number of yeasts you will want to assign the cause treatment to each of these.
Start a new ferment – manually
You may start a new ferment (without producing a work order) by clicking the Start a new Ferment button on the Ferment Console. Alternatively, you may locate the wine product in the Product Overview and click (Start) link next to the ferment stats from there.
Analysis Template – the default analysis template to use when recording analysis readings against this ferment
Stop policy – you can configure a stop policy to prompt the user to stop a ferment when recording an analysis where certain values are met. For example, you may configure a stop policy where residual sugar is being tested and is less than 2.0. Click the New button or configure the policy under Winery Setup – Policy – Metric threshold.
Start date – the date the ferment was started
Click Save and the ferment will be started for the wine product .
Start a new ferment – from a culture transfer
vintrace allows you to seed the ferment of a wine product when transferring a fermenting wine to another wine product.
Assuming the source vessel contains a fermenting liquid, the transfer operation will ask you to confirm the ferment state (for alcoholic or malolactic) of the resulting blend.
In order to make the purpose of the operation clear to your cellar hands we recommend that you configure a product treatment called SEED FERMENT and select this on the Transfer/Rack/Blend window. Please note that a prompt to start ferment will always occur when blending fermenting and non fermenting products.
Custom treatments are configurable under Winery Setup – Treatments.
Another method is a blend of the other two – using your starter culture as an additive linked to a treatment.
- Go to Winery Setup – Production – Additive to setup a new Additive for your ML Starter culture. Be sure to link that to the Start Ferment (MLF) treatment.
2. Start your barrel-down (Transfer to Barrel Group), use the inline additive (blue + on the right) to apply the “additive” to the wines. This should trigger the ferment and has the added benefit of recording the amount added to each barrel/group for historical reasons. Remember to calculate the additive based on the total gallons/litres or barrels (if being added on a per barrel basis).
Periodically, you should adjust volume on the culture if you are tracking that.
View ferment analysis data
Ferment reports can be accessed by opening Winery Reports > Fermentation, metrics such as sugar and alcohol data can be compared and viewed here or alternatively this data can be access by opening the chart option from the ferment console.