1500L 3 Vessel Brewery Equipment

1500L Microbreweries Installation normally setup for brewery factory with distributing solutions, microbreweries produce craft beer for visitors and customers to drink on the premises, for sale at select distributors. Micet build micro brewing equipment on a case by case basis.

The Brewing Equipment has different level of automatic control levels. A higher level of automatic function can save brewer’s labor, but the cost is also higher. We will give suggestions according to the production capacity.

Use the tips below to choose your own range of brewing equipment.

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How to choose your microbrewery equipment?

The size and capacity of the brewhouse depends on what scale beer production is planned. Every piece of microbrewery equipment is custom designed as a combination of the brewers’ ideas and input linked to special beer formula or recipe you want to create.

Microbreweries brewhouse can be divided into 2-vessel, 3-vessel, or 4/5-vessel configurations, according to the mash, lauter, boiling and whirlpooling brewing process combination. Below is difference of a 2 vessel and 3 vessel brewhouse combination types according to different brewing/feeding technology. After the first brew completed in 8hours, the wort production process can be continuously feed every 3 hours, and 4-6 batches can be completed within 24 hours.

Two Vessel Brewhouse

Type A

  • Mash & lauter tun combination
  • Brew kettle & whirlpool combination; popular for infusion mashing

Type B

  • Mash & kettle & whirlpool combination
  • Lauter tank, normally used for decoction mashing
  • Hot liquor tank- HLT is a standard brewery method that allows the brewer to prepare hot water and heat to use before the brew, and can also be used for cleaning tanks and sparging.
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Three Vessel Brewhouse

Three vessel brewhouse can produce more batches more frequently in the same day and let you have the capacity to expand in later stage.

Type A

  • Mash tun with mixer
  • Lauter tun with rake
  • Brew kettle & whirlpool combination

Type B

  • Mash & kettle with agitator for decoction mashing
  • Lauter tun with rake
  • Whirlpool tank

Type C

  • Mash & Lauter Combination for infusion mashing
  • Brew kettle
  • Whirlpool

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Why choose our brewery design to be your partner of your brewery project?

The microbrewery equipment we built is produced to the highest exact specifications, our engineers will configure the proposal as per your brewing method, beer recipes and the amount of grains being put in the mash tun. Our mash tun design ensures the highest sugar extract and highest brewing efficiency. No matter how extraordinary your request, we can meet it. We respect each brewer’s brewing geniuses, just tell us your special way to make your beer, you can rely on us to bring your dream to reality. We can also work out the brewery blueprints or even use the 3D model to perfect your concept, design, and overall layout with our professional team experts.

Every stage of our brewery equipment production process is rigorously overseen and inspected, being thoroughly tested ahead of shipping and installation.

What design advantages does our brewery equipment have?

Brewhouse design as per customer brewing method and brewing beer types can make beer highest to 33 Plato.

Energy saving, higher brewing efficiency and lower material consumption, higher wort wort extract

Fully automatic mash, wort, water flow and automatic temperature control

Well designed steam system to increase heating efficiency and lower energy lost

Specially designed jackets on both body and cone to ensure heating and cooling efficiency

Bigger headspace, the cover headspace volume is calculated separately and extra.

The inner tank body and the lower cone are equipped with dimple steam heating jacket, which meets the requirement of mash heating and heating rate ≥1℃/min. The two heating jackets are independently controlled.

Through the Pt100 temperature sensor and the steam pneumatic control valve, can realize multiple step-by-step automatic saccharification. and ensure effective evaporation.

The feeding water volume, water temperature and material-water ratio are precisely controlled;

Choosing a Reliable Supplier

With numerous equipment manufacturers to choose from, selecting a high quality brewery supplier is key.

Factors to Consider

Parameter Description
Years in Business Look for 10+ years of operating experience
Reputation and Testimonials Ask for references to contact on product experience
Custom and Replacement Parts Capability Support for add-ons and obsolete parts issues later
Fabrication Quality and Lead Time Avoid very low cost fabricators with long lead times
Experience with Breweries Your Scale Customized solutions for business model and production goals
Warranties Compare workmanship and replacement part warranties across vendors
Site Survey, Drawings, approvals Clear project scope and design reviews
Installation Services Offered Full solution vs outsourced contracting

Purchasing through a qualified supplier reduces equipment issues down the line and provides long term support.

Pros and Cons of 3 Vessel Breweries


  • Flexible production scale – can expand over time
  • Compact layout for small spaces
  • Allows superior mash filtration and wort clarity
  • Energy efficient boiling and heating
  • Lower operating costs than 4 vessel design
  • Easier cleaning than traditional setups
  • Simple design results in greater uptime
  • Maintenance friendly with accessible parts
  • Wide range of automation options available


  • Additional valves required versus 2 vessel systems
  • Overflow risk gravity feeding between vessels
  • Open vessel design allows some oxygen exposure
  • Limited temperature control compared to modern automated brewhouses
  • Quality dependent on third party installation and utility connections
  • High output filtration systems may still be required

For most small and midsize breweries, the affordability and quality output outweighs the minor disadvantages compared to 4 vessel or mega-brewery alternatives.

Comparison Between 2, 3 and 4 Vessel Setups

Making an informed decision on selecting a 2, 3 or 4 vessel brewery system depends on business objectives, space constraints, and budgetary limits.

Comparing key differences helps determine the most suitable option:

Parameter 2 Vessel 3 Vessel 4 Vessel
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Typical Scale Homebrew to Micro Pub to Regional Large Production
Process Control Lowest Moderate Maximum
Automation Capability Medium High Highest
Number of Transfers 1 2 3+
Real Estate Footprint Smallest Medium Largest
Utility Requirements Lower Moderate Highest
Internal Volume Fixed Flexible Highly Flexible
Overall Efficiency Lower Good Maximum
Final Filtration Need Highest Moderate Lowest
Ease of Expansion Hard Possible Simplest

Understanding this trade-off across scales of operation allows selecting a suitable brewhouse configuration for long term business goals. Consult multiple equipment suppliers before final purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the typical cost per barrel of a 3 vessel 10 BBL brewhouse?

A: For a fully automated 10 BBL 3 vessel brewhouse, cost per BBL is approx $5000 – $10,000 depending on accessories and installation expenses at the facility.

Q: Does a 3 vessel system require a glycol chiller?

A: For good temperature control, a 3 vessel brewery works best with a dedicated glycol chiller. It keeps the mash tun cooled and wort chilled before pitching yeast.

Q: What size boiler is needed for a 15 BBL 3 vessel brewhouse?

A: A boiler system providing 2000-3000 lbs per hour of 150 psig steam is recommended for a 15 BBL 3 vessel brewery. Fuel type can be gas or electric depending on energy source availability.

Q: Can the vessels be configured for tandem operations?

A: Yes, with sufficient space and valving it is possible to have staggered overlapping brews utilizing the vessels in a semi-continuous operation rather than single batch mode.

Q: Does the mash tun need a separate heating system?

A: Some 3 vessel breweries have provision for steam injectors or secondary heating elements in mash tuns to support mash temperature during recipes with large grain bills or adjuncts.

Q: How many people are needed to operate a 7 BBL 3 vessel manual brewhouse?

A: For an easy single brewer operation, look at a pilot system around 3 BBL size. Above 5 BBL capacity, an assistant brewer becomes more necessary on brew days.

Q: Should boiling be done in the mash tun or a separate boil kettle?

A: A dedicated boil kettle allows more stable temperatures, prevents scorching, reduces equipment fatigue and allows continuous hopping for improved quality.

Q: What is the typical height requirement for a 30 BBL 3 vessel brewhouse?

A: With a 18-20 ft boil kettle, pipe manifolds and catwalks, the floor to ceiling height should be 28 ft for a large 30 BBL capacity 3 vessel system.

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