HydroClaw: a Clog-Free Tank Washing Solution for Wineries

Application #160431
Industry: Food Processing
Application: Tank Washing
Product Description: Spray Ball Vs HydroClaw – The Premiere Winery Tank Washing Nozzle

A premier winery in Napa Valley contacted BETE to help improve their tank cleaning process. They had tried both rotating tank wash machines and traditional static spray balls, but they weren't satisfied with either option. Even with a preliminary rinse before the cleaning process, leftover grape debris in the fermentation tanks such as seeds, stems, and skins found its way into the nozzles during recirculation cleaning cycles

Problem: Incomplete Coverage during Tank Cleaning

The solids in the fermentation tanks would jam rotating tank wash nozzles, resulting in incomplete coverage which is detrimental to the winemaking process and difficult to detect from outside of the tank. Static spray balls, on the other hand, have no moving parts but feature many small orifices that are prone to plugging, also resulting in incomplete coverage. With both options, the amount of maintenance time required to keep the nozzles in proper working condition was unacceptable.

Solution: The BETE HydroClaw®

BETE engineers went to work to develop a solution to this issue that plagues not only the winemaking industry, but also brewing, food processing, and many other applications that involve cleaning tanks with high solids content. The result was the new HydroClaw nozzle with a full 360-degree spray pattern, three times the free passage of a comparable static spray ball, and no moving parts to jam. 


After a trial of the unit, the customer was so pleased with the cleaning performance and clog resistance of the HydroClaw that they used it exclusively to clean their tanks during the busy harvest crush season, the time when the fermentation tanks experience their highest levels of solids. Over the course of several months, they did not suffer a single clogging issue.

Additionally, the high flow rate of the HydroClaw allowed the customer to adequately preā€rinse their tanks using quick and powerful blasts of water, reducing their overall water consumption compared to a low flow nozzle operating for a more extended period.

Challenges with Static Spray Balls

  • Clogging
  • Extended maintenance time
  • Incomplete tank coverage
  • Excessive water consumption

Advantages of The BETE HydroClaw®

  • 3X the free passage of static spray ball
  • 360-degree coverage with no moving parts
  • High flow rate provides vigorous rinsing action to flush tank solids and contamination quickly
  • Sanitary finish for food and beverage applications
  • Saves you time AND money
The HydroClaw was explicitly designed to provide wineries a tank washing solution that permits stems, skins and seeds to flow through the nozzle. This configuration makes it the ideal nozzle for food processing operations. 

Whether used in winemaking or another type of food processing plant, the HydroClaw provides full coverage, reduces downtime for maintenance, lessens water usage, and saves money and time. 

Why Choose BETE for Your Beverage Industry Nozzle Needs?

  • Partner with a nozzle leader with over 65 years of solving nozzle challenges
  • ISO 9001:2015 Certified
  • Dependable quality assurance in design and manufacturing
  • Experienced in custom applications replacing static spray balls with superior nozzle solutions
At BETE, our experience gives you outstanding customer support and an exceptional product.

To discuss your fluid-related challenge, please contact BETE Applications Engineering at 413-772-0846 or appeng@bete.com.

BETE HydroClaw Tank Washing Solution