Automatic riddling machines

These machines offer completely automated and efficient riddling (remuage) for English / Welsh sparkling wine production (traditional method), Champagne production (méthode champenoise) and bottle-fermented cider production, allowing you to process high volumes of bottles with minimal labour and space requirement.

  • Available as single (500 bottles per week), double (1,000 bottles per week) and quadruple cage versions
  • Automatic cycle takes typically one week - see Application for more on the riddling process
  • Simple loading by forklift truck
  • User-friendly software with 5 standard programmes
  • User programmable options
  • Touchscreen panel
  • Hot-dipped zinc coated galvanised riddling cages for corrosion resistance and long lifespan
  • The riddling cages are stackable (up to 5 levels) and can be folded down for easy storage and transport
  • Additional riddling cages supplied
  • Cages for special bottle sizes available on request

Installed & commissioned by our Engineers.

Please call us on 01404 892100 to discuss your riddling requirements.

 

Please see our Champagne Crown Caps (part code 98760 & 91660).

Please see Disgorging & Dosage for our range of equipment for disgoring, dosage & riddling.

[Did you know that our sister company, Rawlings, supplies bottles? See Glass Packaging]

 

Application

Automatic riddling machines consist of a motorised container which will turn the bottles (in the cage) from horizontal to vertical through angling and a series of rotations, driving the yeast deposits (lees) into the bottle necks. The machines can rotate the bottles in all directions at any angle and operate via programmes. The cage weight is spread evenly due to its cube shape, placing the centre of gravity in the middle. Low rotation speeds ensure that each bottle in the cage (504 capacity) gets exactly the same treatment.

Compared to manual riddling (turning each bottle by hand in a pupitre), automatic riddling machines machines not only automate the riddling process (saving a huge amount of labour), they bring the riddling time down from 4 to 6 weeks to around 7 to 10 days, and they promote a more effective form of riddling because of precision rotation and flexible angling (precision rotation is difficult with pupitres and the angle is predetermined by the pupitre's angled holes).

On completion the the bottles are neck-down ('sur pointes') and ready for disgorgement.

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