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02-08-2013 07:38 PM

This is obviously something to do with making bottles or bottling wine/champagne… but not really sure what else it does. It has gas lines attached. It flips completely upside down so its usable from both sides. It is made in Paris. It has 2 other large pieces used in conjunction with it, one of them seems to put rim around the top a bottle that the cap/cork attaches to.

Any ideas what it is and how/what its used for. Thanks

-- Scott

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 07:40 PM

Two more pictures:

-- Scott

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 07:46 PM

A steampunk espresso machine?

(on edit: or is “steampunk” and “espresso machine” redundant?)

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 08:08 PM

A machine to remove the settled yeast in champagne bottles prior to final corking? Or could just be a setup to vacuum the gasses out of any wine after all fermentation is complete and speed up to the process to some degree?

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 08:14 PM

Looking at those lines, it sure does look like some sort of vacuum setup.

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 08:21 PM

Could be something for putting bubbles into wine by
pumping carbonation in.

Perhaps the lines are for compressed air to push corks in.

Looks to me like you might put a bottle in the 3-tined
rack. No cap. Then you put another bottle on the
other end and turn on the gas as you flip it over
and the wine flows into the other bottle and gets
the gas at the same time.

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 08:23 PM

Gonna make a guess here. May be a carbonator or a counter pressure filler. Might even do both operations. If the champagne was cask conditioned (carbonated naturally in the cask ) filling the bottles would cause it to foam if you just poured it in at atmospheric pressure. Pressurizing the bottle first keeps the wine from foaming while it’s being transferred. By conditioning it in the cask instead of the bottle you don’t get the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 08:29 PM

looks like something to empty a pair bottles over into another pair of bottles
what you see in the top at the front should be at the bottom when the filled bottle
is attached and the emty bottle that had to get filled is set in with the bottom on the
round piece of wood when all four bottles is thighten up you flip it upside down before opening the valves to
let the fluid run down to the next bottle
I gess there is a form of filter in the valve section

nomatter what it is …. its a fantastic convesation piece to have in the cave :-)

look forward to hear the right answer

good luck

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 08:35 PM

I have contacted a few wine/champagne museums and haven’t received a response yet. Sounds like you guys might be right. The lines could be for carbonation. The “3 tined rack” actually spins around so the 3 tines end up looking like a spiral staircase. Wondering if that is to wrap the wire around the end of a corked bottle of champagne? I really have no idea just guessing. Seems you guys have put me on the right track.

-- Scott

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 09:49 PM

Don’t know what it is but keep us posted. You got me nosey now!

-- Life is good.

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