Buying Medium-Large Brewing Equipment
Medium-Large Brewing Equipment
Brewing equipment is one of the largest costs of opening a brewery. It’s important to plan for future growth and buy a system that you can grow into, rather than out of. Medium-Large brewery equipment includes CIP systems, fermentation tanks and refrigeration systems. It also includes smaller equipment like mash tuns, pumps and lauter tuns.
Modern brewing equipment is closed systems, and the frequent cleaning and sanitizing of tanks, pipes, and other vessels is necessary to uphold microbiological and chemical quality standards. Before CIP systems became popular, this was a process that required extensive disassembly and manually controlled chemical applications.
With a CIP system, these chemicals are circulated through the equipment during rinse cycles without disassembling it. The turbulence created by the solution helps to dislodge bacteria and debris from smaller crevices, which would otherwise not get cleaned thoroughly.
A CIP system includes monitoring and control instruments for the temperature, flow, chemical concentration and more of the entire circuit. These instruments can also be used to verify that a specific cycle was successfully completed as planned: by taking ATP or APC samples, performing micro/allergen tests on the rinse water, or measuring the chemical concentration. These measures help to prevent costly errors and ensure that the brewery is operating efficiently.
Buying Medium-Large Brewing Equipment
Among the most important pieces of brewery equipment, fermentation tanks are essential for large-scale beer production. These specialized containers allow yeast to consume the sugars in wort or must and convert them into alcohol and carbon dioxide, which is crucial for producing high-quality beer.
At the turn of the 20th century, rapid industrialization led to the construction of stainless steel vessels. This material was ideal for fermentation tanks because it does not corrode in contact with acidic liquids, such as wort and beer. Stainless steel also allows for a smooth, easy-to-clean inner tank surface.
Today, breweries often use large, cylindrical, stainless steel tanks to ferment their beer. These tanks are situated in so-called tank farms and surrounded by walls, which helps prevent contamination from outside and inside the brewery. These tanks are also ideal for insulating the brewery, which saves on energy costs. The tank farm design also makes it easier for workers to access and maintain the tanks.
Breweries discard a lot of their spent grain. Often, it ends up in landfills, where it can be a source of pollution. Some breweries have found ways to reuse their waste. For example, Columbus Brewing Co. gives its spent grain to farmers who feed it to their cattle. This helps the cattle bulk up, which is especially helpful in winter.
Other breweries use it to make horse treats. This is a great way to help local ranchers save money on feed costs while also providing the animals with a healthy snack.
NEMO PC pumps are ideal for conveying spent grains and yeast. These stainless steel pumps feature buna stator material, sanitary pin joints, and clean-in-place options for food and brewery applications. They are the ideal choice for brewing applications that require a durable pump that will not overheat or burn out. Contact us to learn more about these powerful, reliable pumps. We’ll design a system that works for you.
Having the right equipment is essential to your success. Although buying new may seem like the obvious choice, used equipment can save up to 50% of the initial cost. This can be especially true for larger pieces of equipment, such as brewing tanks and fermenters.
Serving beer tank systems are an excellent option for breweries with a taproom or those who want to do some distribution too. These double-walled tanks have a cooling coil with glycol running through it, which chills the beer inside. They can be stacked to save space, and they look beautiful in a brewery. They also allow for more pressure to be applied, which helps carbonate the beer. This is a great alternative to serving kegs and can result in significant savings on costs and labor. These tanks can also be used for brite and maturation tanks as well. They have a sight glass for volume determination and can be used as tax-determination tanks in most states.