Don Corson, owner/winemaker at Camaraderie Cellars in Washington State has been making wine commercially since 1992 and is the inventor of the Lux. Don has earned over 250 major international wine awards and he has high standards.
“The bung to me is like the wine I make. I won’t make a wine I’m not passionate about. And I’m not going to make a barrel bung I wouldn’t be proud to use myself”.
He bought some glass bungs years ago and found them beautiful, traditional, and impressive but discovered they didn’t work for a darn. Over the years on visits to showcase wineries he continued to see glass bungs sitting on top of standard silicon bungs. Rows of them! Since Don is his own “cellar rodent” and he couldn’t imagine the work and expense of lining those things up. “First impression is one thing”, he said, “but practicality does have a place”.
There had to be a solution and the Lux Barrel Bung™ is it. Over two years of experiments and tooling alternatives have resulted in a product that works as well as it is beautiful.
The materials for the Lux Barrel Bung are all certified food grade and lead free. The removable and durable silicon “cup” allows cleaning and is replaceable.
Use the bung as you would any regular silicon bung after malo-lactic fermentation or take the cup off and use it during MF.
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