Every brewhouse is a hall of production and innovation in the brewery. The brewhouse is the core of your brewing business. It has many complicated systems and operations that must be vigilance and safe at all times. The journey to the best craft brewery and brewing team is very difficult. It is necessary to maintain love and learning of craft beer at all times. The size of the brewing system, available space, beer flavor, heating time, etc. will all have an immeasurable impact on your final product (beer). It is also important to use the right chemicals at the right frequency to clean brewery equipment. Also, the heating source of the brewhouse and the hydrothermal tank is also very important. The following Micet Group will explain how to choose a brewhouse for you.
Do Your Homework
When choosing a brewhouse, you need to learn the relevant brewing knowledge first to determine the output and other processes of the brewhouse. Most brewery equipment manufacturers can help you, but you need to provide them with the specific output of the equipment.
Excellent brewery equipment manufacturers will provide different brewery designs for customers in different regions. German breweries prefer to design the brewery to be suitable for brewing German beer. American breweries may like higher gravity brewing and the use of high hops. You need to calculate your filter barrel load, determine the range of beer you want to brew, and whether it needs to be brewed 24/7, which will affect the size of your brewhouse.
Also, you also need to visit some running craft breweries and discuss the project management process and commissioning process with them. Most craft beer brewers are happy to share their experiences. Is it easy for suppliers to cooperate? Is the delivery on time? What support was provided during commissioning? How is the quality of the brewery equipment? Finally, the selection process of most breweries will be highly dependent on the professionalism of the supplier, and the opinions and experience of the brewers who have worked with the supplier will greatly help you in making a decision.
After calculating the required brewhouse size, it is recommended to increase its capacity by 50%. In the past few years, almost all craft beer brewers have underestimated growth and must expand or build new equipment.
Looking for Scalability of the Brewing System
We mentioned above that almost all craft beer brewers underestimate the growth, so it is best to choose brewery equipment that can be expanded.
Scale: What is the production capacity of the new brewery do you want? What is your expected growth rate? Do you consider brewing in two shifts? The capacity of the brewery depends on the capacity of the batch and the number of brews per 24 hours. Up to 12 batches of beer can be brewed per day using automated brewing equipment.
Flexibility: Looking for an expandable brewing system. What is the desired degree of automation? Can new brewing vessels be easily added and integrated in the future?
Choose the Brewhouse that Suits You Best
The design of the brewhouse is closely related to your brewing process. Excellent brewhouse equipment manufacturers will adjust the equipment according to your brewing process to meet your brewing requirements. Of course, if your brewhouse equipment cannot meet your current brewing process, you can consult the manufacturer. They will upgrade your equipment according to your brewing requirements. Regardless of the size of your brewery, conducting research and methodical thinking will ensure that you have the system that best suits your brewing needs.
Selection of Brewery Output and System
When looking for manufacturers of brewery equipment, craft brewers need to fully understand their own needs. Then, choose the most suitable supplier of turnkey solutions for your brewery based on your needs. The expected sales and project budget of the craft brewer will determine the brewing system purchased. For nano beer, bar brewers and small breweries rarely need high-volume automated brewing equipment. The production efficiency provided by the automation system cannot make up for the costs incurred. Only when money is not an issue and quality is the most important consideration, complex automated brewing equipment will be the right choice.
Develop Maintenance Team
Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping the brewery operating properly. In the brewery equipment, there are a large number of parts that can be disassembled, and when any one of them fails, they can be disassembled and repaired at any time. In the long run, you can cut the risk of equipment failure, so that the equipment can provide you with the greatest service.
You need to regularly check all the parts in the brewery equipment. Replace gaskets and bearings before they cause leaks and sounds that cause future problems. Ensure adequate supply of key spare parts, and they can be replaced directly when they need to be replaced. Your maintenance team is one of your most important assets. It is very important to have internal talents to maintain the brewery’s production operations. Although the price of maintenance personnel is not cheap, a major equipment failure may shut down the brewery.
Because a lot of heat is used in the production of wort, many breweries believe that the hygiene of the brewhouse is not as important as the fermentation tanks and packaging equipment. This idea is wrong and may eventually cause problems with brewing equipment and beer.
The screen of mash tun is often overlooked, and there may be protein deposits on it. It cannot be removed from the bottom of the screen using normal cleaning methods, and uncleaned equipment may cause beer to taste bad;
Deposits in the brewhouse will hinder heat transfer, which means that more energy is needed to boil the wort;
If it is not cleaned properly, lauter tun will breed bacteria;
Remember, great beer starts in brewery equipment that is properly hygienic.
Use Specified Pipeline
For those who design and operate breweries, the piping system that transports domestic water, heating/cooling fluids, process water, and other wastes are something that needs to be considered in the future. The piping system plays an important role in transporting pure water, cold water/glycol, etc.
Craft brewers in the United States and Canada have found that specialized piping systems can save labor and material costs and simplify the construction and maintenance process.
Although you don’t need to think about it too much in the brewery planning process, cleaning up the chaff left by the mashing process is a serious and ongoing problem. Start-up breweries should pay more attention to this issue. Because the husk contains nitrate and sulfate, it is often used as a fertilizer. You can also use the chaff to feed chickens, pigs, sheep, and other animals. The discarded chaff has some other functions, waiting for you to try and develop.
Get a Stainless Steel Brewhouse Quotation
Micet Group is a professional brewhouse equipment manufacturer in China. We can provide you with customized brewhouse equipment according to your requirements and combined with your local situation. Of course, if you are a start-up brewery, we can also provide you with a complete turnkey solution. Of course, our engineers will also provide you with a complete quotation based on your situation. Micet Craft very much hopes to become a business partner with you, and we will grow up with you!