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instead of cooling. Carbon dioxide from the fermentation area can be captured with calcium hydroxide and applied to the vineyard for pH adjustment. The warehouse would be built

into the hillside and will require neither heat nor chill. If mostly kept closed, it should remain at a constant temperature year round. Look for ways to get multiple use

from the parts of the building. Equipment that is used only for, say, crush can be removed to unheated storage. A covered crush pad is good for bottle storage during spring bottling. I’m less supportive of trench

drains than I used to be, because a sloping floor is easier to keep clean using a pressure washer and squeegee. Tanks should be on legs so they

can be cleaned underneath. Tanks can be grouped according to the anticipated volume for each grape variety. The smallest tank in each group would be variable displacement to accommodate variations in yield. All tanks would be set up with C.I.P. cleaning to enable recovery and recycling of cleaners. There will be catwalks for safe

access to the top of tanks. Electrical safety is always a concern, so GFI sockets must be used throughout with lots of electrical outlets to minimize the length of cord required to service pumps and other equipment. Aisles between tanks must be wide enough to accommodate a pallet jack and pallet. A workshop with space for spare

parts and tools should be as easily accessible as the lab. f you have to search for a 17 mm box end, you’ll probably substitute a crescent wrench, strip the nut, and skin your knuckles. My spot, the lab, must accommodate dry ingredient storage, a desk and files for record keeping, computer, refrigerator, sink, counter space, a microwave oven and lots of drawers and cupboards. What’s on your list? — Gary Strachan can be reached via

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