PurityPlus® Argon: Beaumont Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice07/06/2018Nitrogen (N2) may be the more familiar of the noble gases applied to blanket and protect the food we eat and drink. It’s advantageous in winemaking, too. But winemakers typically prefer argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the prevailing opinion, anyway of Coastal Welding Supply winemaking customers here in Beaumont. What draws them to Argon are these factors: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t react with wine to occasion any unpleasant characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its higher density ensures that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thus keeping out more oxygen (and its adverse effects) as well as checking microbial spoilage. Of course, there isn’t anything that preserves wine and shields it from O2 better than simply topping it off in whatever it contains. When that’s not feasible, though – and just as an added bit of insurance – it’s argon to the rescue! Employing argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, regardless of what type they are, eliminates oxygen by raising it and carrying it off. This process is frequently referred to as flushing or sparging, and it’s quite effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or another such inert gas) allows wine to be properly aged or maintained safely in storage for indefinite periods of time. Suffice it to say, Coastal Welding Supply has been a principal provider of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Beaumont food and beverage industry for years now. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your profession, contact Coastal Welding Supply, your Beaumont PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!