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Smart Cap

Breakthrough in Spirit Maturing Technology

The Smart Cap is a rugged polymer cap that forms a vapour tight seal encapsulating the head of a vertically stored spirits barrel.

This sealed cap both contains spirits that would normally evaporate through the head of the barrel and maintains a high humidity environment above the head preserving the natural sealing properties of the head staves and bung. The proprietary seal locks on to the exterior of the barrel just below the head hoop. The revolutionary seal technology actually expands with exposure to ethanol ensuring a positive seal on virtually any barrel.

Reduce your evaporation by

20% or more!

Download our SmartCap Test Data Sheet here.
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Product Preservation and Quality

  • Live testing showed an impressive 22% reduction in maturing losses*
  • Smart Cap design enables a tight seal just below the head hoop creating a vapour tight enclosure above the head on virtually every 53-gallon (200l) barrel
  • Cap constructed of organoleptically inert materials
  • Testing shows no organoleptic impact on product
  • Polymer cap protects barrel head from dust and foreign material improving GMP’s
  • No direct contact with product
  • *Use of a wooden bung in the barrel head recommended to ensure maximum evaporation savings.

Quality Construction

  • Heavy duty polymer construction suitable for virtually any maturing environment including wide variations in both temperature and humidity
  • Proprietary seal on exterior of barrel expands with exposure to alcohol forming a vapour tight seal on virtually any barrel
  • Three different seal depths allow the Smart Cap to conform to a broad range of variations in barrel dimensions
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line up of whiskey barrels with spart cap lids
line up of whiskey barrels with spart cap lids

Advanced Material Handling

  • Scored upper surface ensures stability in handling and storage
  • Flexible polymer resists cracking, impact damage and conforms to irregularities in barrel construction
  • Smart Cap designed to facilitate automation on barrel drain and fill lines
  • Grommet style seal with closure and bung hole access designed for manual or machine removal and replacement
  • Facilitates tagging for RFID or manual identification
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Favourable Return on Investment

Smart Cap will pay for itself quickly and pay substantial dividends for many years to come.

Estimated Simple Payback based on sample distillery in temperate climate (Payback improves in warmer climates).

Spirt Value per Regauged Liter of alcohol (RLA)Savings per barrel over 5 year cycleSimple Payback (years)
$4.00/RLA$24.263.8
$5.00/RLA$28.883.2
$7.50/RLA$40.432.3
$10.00/RLA$51.981.8

*Based on Smart Cap Cost of $16 USD per unit plus $2.50 for transportation and SmartCap application labour. Assumed standard loss of 3.02% per year reduced to 2.36% with Smart Cap. Includes estimate of barrel handling and storage cost reductions.

Smart Business

  • Dramatically increase product yields
  • Improved yields reduce required barrel inventory, reduce barrel handling and warehousing requirements
  • Reduced cooperage costs – protects the very significant investment in barrels allows recovery and use of barrels with poor heads or poorly formed bung holes
  • Extends life of empty barrels stored by preserving moisture in head
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Environmental Sustainability

  • Reduces VOC emissions by 22%*
  • Extends life of barrel and reduces CO2 emissions associated with barrel disposal
  • Reduces CO2 emissions associated with spirit production by 3.3% through reduction in total maturing barrel inventory with greater product yields per barrel
  • Product is 100% reusable and recyclable
  • Reduces energy consumption associated with barrel handling and transportation through reduction in barrels handled
    * See test data

Contact

Mark McKale
President | Owner

519-792-9132
MMcKale@SmartDistilling.com

J. Dan Demarco, P.Eng.
Business Development Manager

519-995-8147
DDemarco@SmartDistilling.com

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