“The food and wine industries often prefer to use equipment and fixtures of stainless steel. My winery customers are our target market for the Optima Steamer. Steam is known to penetrate oak barrels up to ¼” into the wood.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2012
Steamericas is proud to present the latest model of the Optima Steamer Series, the “DS-S.” Thanks to the success of the Optima Steamer DMF model and abundant customer feedback, the company sought to introduce an upgraded version of the Optima Steamer.
The Optima Steamer is an all-stainless-steel steam generator that utilizes diesel for heat.
While the steam boiler performance remains the same, the DS-S model comes with much sought-after upgrades and features.
The Optima Steamer DS-S includes an over 10-gallon-capacity water tank--double the size of
DMF’s water tank-- while maintaining the direct water hook-up option for end users. A double-size water tank is especially advantageous to mobile operators.
By merging a reservoir tank for direct hook-up and an internal water tank, the volume of the DS-S is considerably smaller than the size of the DMF. The new DS-S model is the shape of an elongated cube, which allows for easier transportation in lower ceiling vehicles, another added bonus for mobile business operators. An additional 4th wheel makes the unit much more maneuverable. Every part of the machine is easily accessible, which drastically speeds up the maintenance process.
The boiler construction of the Optima Steamer DS-S is made of 316 grade stainless steel, which has higher resistance to corrosion than typical stainless steel. The exterior of the new model is made of 304 grade stainless steel and exudes an impressive shine.
The debut of a stainless steel version of the Optima Steamer is especially exciting for the food and beverage industries. Storage tanks used to hold fruit juice, wine, beer and other food are often made of stainless steel because of its corrosion resistance and antibacterial properties. This also influences its use in commercial kitchens and food processing plants, as it can be steam-cleaned and sterilized without any chemical products.
“The food and wine industries often prefer to use equipment and fixtures of stainless steel,” says Mark Hagg, the owner and president of American Equipment Company in Portland, Oregon, an authorized dealer of the Optima Steamer lines in the Northwest region of the US. “My winery customers are our target market for the Optima Steamer. Steam is known to penetrate oak barrels up to ¼” into the wood, which gives a much better chance of removing Brettanomyces ,” says Hagg. Brettanomyces (also known as “Brett”) is a type of wine spoilage yeast that digs into wood barrels when growing, presenting a unique challenge to winemakers.
A new oak barrel costs about $800~1,500. Moreover, if a barrel is suspected to have a trace of Brett, they cannot risk using it for aging wine as this could lead to a catastrophe of spoiling the entire batch. Steam treating barrels can potentially save wineries tens of thousand dollars if not millions. In addition to steam’s natural sanitizing power, steam uses a fraction of water to achieve similar or better efficacy. Organic wastewater management is another costly expense for food and beverage production facilities. Local authorities closely monitor the BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) level of wastewater originating from such facilities as part of the Clean Water Act enforcement. Since the steam cleaning process produces very little or no wastewater, this also leads to saving time, hassle and money.
The Optima Steamer DS-S is now available through Steamericas and authorized dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico. The all-electric stainless steel model, the “Optima Steamer EST-S”, is available in 5kW, 12kW, 18kW and 27kW heaters.
To locate your nearest dealer, please call Steamericas, Inc at (310) 327-8900.
Steamericas Inc. is a California corporation and represents the manufacturer of the Optima Steamer in North, Central and South America.