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On August 3rd, 2003 we bottled the wine that we had put in the blending tank the week before.  Quite a day's work.  We bottled 95.5 cases.  That's 1,146 bottles!

Here are some pictures of the day and a couple of videos of the assembly line we set up.

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First we had to wash the bottles.  The bottle tree on the left has sodium metabisulfite and the one right has citric acid.  Washing with these chemicals completely sterilizes the bottles.

 

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Neil took his job very seriously.
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This is maybe a third of the cases that we went through...
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One tree is full, so it is time to start filling the bottles up.
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Filling the first bottle.
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Corking the first bottle.
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The finished product!
Okay, now everybody get to work.
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The assembly line.
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That's 1200 corks.  It's hard to believe that by the end of the day we had just 50 left.
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Fill those bottles up...
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The storage area is filling up...
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With three different sizes of bottles, Karl & Suzanne had to be careful which bottle went in which box.
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Uh oh, Bill's counting the boxes...
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This is what 95 cases looks like.
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And, as always, we had to wash everything and put it all away.

Here are some videos of the assembly line in action:


The washing and filling operations (AVI - 9,606kB).

The filling operation (AVI - 9,975kb).

The corking boxing and stacking operations (AVI - 8,956kb).

 


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