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Sensors 2015, 15(8), 19495-19506;

Distributed Wireless Monitoring System for Ullage and Temperature in Wine Barrels

Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and School of Physical Sciences, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, the University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, PMB 1, Glen Osmond 5064, Australia
The University of South Australia, Adelaide 5000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Arun K. Bhunia
Received: 17 June 2015 / Revised: 17 June 2015 / Accepted: 4 August 2015 / Published: 10 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Food Safety and Quality)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: wine; wireless; sensor network; temperature; ullage; wine sensing wine; wireless; sensor network; temperature; ullage; wine sensing

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Zhang, W.; Skouroumounis, G.K.; Monro, T.M.; Taylor, D. Distributed Wireless Monitoring System for Ullage and Temperature in Wine Barrels. Sensors 2015, 15, 19495-19506.

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