These are a few of my favorite tools...
The tools around the winery are one of my favorite parts of the job. There's seemingly a specialized tool for every task. Here are a few of my favorites, and their uses!
Wine thieves - glass and stainless steel
These are used for sampling barrels-- you pull the bung out of the barrel, dip the sanitized wine theif in, put your thumb over the hole at the top, and voila! You can pull out a sample. I always use a stainless steel one, because *fun fact* I've broken every single glass wine thief I've ever used. I'm just that clumsy.
They're not nerf balls-- they're specialized sponges that we use for cleaning hoses. You string all your hoses together, hook them up to a pump and a tub of cleaning liquid, then let the pump push a sponge ball through the whole setup. Anything that might have built up inside the hose gets scrubbed out.
We use these to securely hold fittings on tanks-- valves, hoses, etc. What I really like about this little thing, though, is that if you practice a little bit, you can flick one into place with one hand and look super cool. If you're here at the winery some time, ask me and I'll teach you how.