The Blend action is used for combining two or more lots together to create a new wine lot or a new composition of an existing lot.
This article covers:
- How to create a Blend task in a work order
- How to record a Blend direct action
- Frequently Asked Questions
WARNING: You cannot use a Blend action to perform a Blend and Return (ie removing volume from vessels to blend multiple lots and then returning the volume to the same vessels). If you wish to record a Blend and Return, please follow the instructions in this post.
Create a Blend task in a work order
- Select the first lot to blend from the dropdown list or the lot picker
- Select all or only some vessels from the lot. Use the Edit vessels option to select specific vessels.
- Decide whether to request the specific amount to remove from a vessel, or, the ending fill on a vessel. Find out more about the option to request "Remove" volume versus an "Ending Fill" here.
- Adjust the gallons to remove from or leave in each vessel.
- If you are not depleting the full volume of the lot, make sure to double check the gallons removed from each vessel.
- Select additional lots to blend and follow the same instructions as above.
6. Choose "Combine with existing lot" to select an existing lot code, or "Create new lot" for the Final Blend.
7. Choose to let cellar staff choose vessels or choose specific vessels to fill.
8. Choose to save or discard the lees and check the final summary before creating the work order.
See the WARNING at the top of this page about filling vessels with contents. You can choose vessels that currently have contents if:
1) another action or work order to empty those vessels is submitted prior to the completion of this Blend task and
2) that vessel is not already selected as a drain vessel in the same work order task.
For example, Lot A and Lot B are getting blended into Lot X. Lot A is in Tank 1 at the time that the work order is written. Before the Blend work order is started, the entire volume in Tank 1 is transferred to Tank 5. Tank 1 is now empty and is selected as "removed" from the blend lot. Tank 1 is still not available to fill with the final blend because it was previously selected as a drain vessel.
Our best recommendation is to select "let cellar staff choose vessels" for the final blend, allowing them to select any available vessel at the time of the blend.
When to Request a specific Remove volume vs an Ending Fill
This option is available to allow users more flexibility and clarity when requesting volume changes, and is the difference between you telling the cellar what the ending fill on a vessel should be, versus telling them how exactly much volume to remove from a vessel.
It can be especially useful to use the Request "Remove" option:
- when creating multiple sequential work orders, especially those involving the same lot and vessels
- when you measure your blend components using a flow meter in the cellar
It is useful to use the Request "Ending Fill" option:
- when creating standalone blends, especially "all-in" blends
Check out the video segment on these different volume request options in the InnoVint Academy here.
You can see how the “Ending Fill” and “Remove” volume fields display differently at Work Order Creation:
And, after work order creation.
- The “Ending Fill” Request allows the user to record the final volume (or tank gauge if your dip charts are enabled and added), and the task then updates the vessel with a calculated removed volume.
- The "Remove" Request allows the user to record the actual amount removed, and the vessel updates with a calculated ending fill.
Please note that this choice will impact how your cellar would complete a work order, and that the "Request: Remove" option does not display the dip chart option on a vessel for work order completion. In this case, specific tank gauges would best be requested via the Notes field on the Blend Task. If you need the cellar to record a dip and/or an actual final fill volume on a "Remove" Requested vessel, we recommend having them use the notes field electronically, or else handwrite the gauge/ending volume on the printed work order for verification while you are reviewing and submitting the task.
The "Request" option is applied to all vessels in a lot, and cannot be changed after work order creation. For instance, you cannot decide to set a removed volume, after first requesting the ending fill at WO creation.
Depending on your workflow, if you are referencing the same lot and vessel in two different work orders that are open at the same time, we would recommend using the Request "Remove" function. This is because the the Request “Ending Fill” volume remains static, even if the volume changes in that vessel occur before the work order is begun:
This can impact the actual volume change of the request, and therefore, your blend.
On the other hand, the Request "Remove" option has a strong benefit when you are planning multiple blends that impact the same lots and vessels, because it locks in that requested volume, even when the on-hand volume in the involved vessels might change due to other related work orders.
Record a Blend direct action
To record a Blend as a direct action, follow steps 1-6 (skip step 3!) as outlined above for work order tasks.
7. Select your vessel(s). See the WARNING at the top of this page about filling vessels that currently contain volume. (i.e. recording a 'Blend and Return').8. Double check the gallons Added and the Ending Fill of the vessel(s) before you record the action.
Q. Can I blend a lot weighed in tons?
No. The Blend action is specific to wine/juice lots measured in volume. To "blend" lots currently measured in tons, use the Process to Tons action to process multiple fruit lots together, or to process a fruit lot into an existing juice lot in tonnage. You can also record a Weight Transfer.
Q. Can I blend one or more lots into a vessel with contents?
Yes, but we don't recommend it! If you are blending one or more lots into an existing lot, we recommend using the Rack or Transfer actions/tasks. Each lot is racked or transferred separately to capture any gains and losses on the correct lot.
Q. If I save the lees, how does that affect the final blend composition?
Any lees, whether saved or discarded, will have the same varietal composition as the final blend and will be proportionally subtracted from the final blend gallonage.
Q. How do I only use some barrels in the blend? and leave some barrels out?
When selecting your vessels, click on the blue text 'Select vessels', instead of checking the 'All vessels' box. You can also remove only a portion of the contents of a vessel by typing in the correct volume from the 'Removed' box.