How to choose brewery equipment?

When deciding to open a brewery, in addition to considering the location and operating permit. You also need to consider what kind of brewery equipment to buy. There are many factors to consider when purchasing brewery equipment. Such as size, the number of vessels, heating sources, wort cooling, and other issues.

The beer equipment mainly produces unfiltered draft beer. Winemakers use unique brewing techniques and distinctive tastes to attract consumers. Usually, this beer production equipment will be placed in a place where consumers drink directly. For example, restaurants, pubs, hotels, tourism, shopping centers, etc.

The entire beer brewing equipment can also be placed behind a transparent glass partition. So that customers can directly observe the entire brewing process. This is a very good characteristic design plan, but also a very novel marketing tool.

Brewery equipment material

When deciding to buy brewery equipment, you first need to understand what material the equipment is made of. Generally speaking, it is possible to use brewery equipment made of 304 stainless steel. If your requirements are higher, you can choose copper or 316 stainless steel for manufacturing. Of course, the price is more expensive than 304 stainless steel. Also, the thickness of the stainless steel sheet also needs attention. Some beer equipment manufacturers will falsely mark the thickness of the plates. For example, the manufacturer describes in the document to use 3mm thick stainless steel but actually uses 2.5mm thick stainless steel plates. It is recommended that they provide proof of buy of stainless steel plates during production. The thickness of the stainless steel sheet will be included in the buy voucher.

Why choose stainless steel brewery equipment?

This is because, brewing beer, there must be contact with water, which will make other metals rust and affect the taste of beer. Stainless steel is always an inert metal, it will not react with water and cause rust. Also, the stainless steel material is flat and smooth. It will not breed bacteria and it is easier to clean. The stainless steel brewery jars are beautiful in appearance and cheap.

Brewery equipment capacity

The Brewhouse of most start-up microbrewery is 10-30BBL. Also, they will have fermentation tanks of the same size and bright tanks. Of course, if your budget is limited, you can choose smaller nano brewery equipment. The smallest nano-brewery equipment is 1BBL capacity. Its price will also be very low, and it is the best choice for the transition from home brewing to commercial brewing.

First, you need to determine the size and scalability of the brewery. The size of the brewery is determined mainly based on the budget and estimated daily output. It is estimated that the daily output will affect the size of the brewery equipment you need to buy and how many fermentation tanks you need. The higher the daily output, the higher the price. Also, if you have a limited budget, but are very optimistic about the market prospects. Then you can first choose small brewery equipment that can be expanded.

Then, the size of your venue will also affect the size of the brewery. The larger the capacity of the brewery, the greater the space required. Such as you have bought a relatively large brewery, but the venue cannot fit, then the equipment is also unusable. Professional brewery equipment manufacturers can design the brewery according to your capacity and site conditions. This includes equipment placement drawings and equipment design drawings.

Finally, the capacity of fermentation tanks and bright tanks is also very important. Under normal circumstances, the ratio of the capacity of the brewery to the capacity of the fermentation tank is 1:1 or 1:2. The number of fermentation tanks also needs to be selected and designed according to the daily output. The professional engineers of Micet Craft can customize the design according to the daily output you need. If you have an idea to build your own brewery, you can contact us. You only need to tell us the daily output and budget you want, and our engineers will provide you with a professional turnkey solution. Micet Group is looking forward to cooperating with you!

Number of brewery vessels

Generally speaking, the brewery equipment manufacturer will recommend the number of brewery vessels for you based on the capacity and daily output. But, you can also ask the manufacturer to customize the number of ships for you. Also, the more ships there are, the higher the price may be. The most important thing is to choose the brewery equipment that suits you.

Brewery heating method

There are usually three heating methods in the brewery: direct flame heating, electric heating, and steam heating.

The direct flame heating the exterior of the tank which transfers heat to the liquid in the tank.

Pros: least expensive; the best option for small systems

Cons: a concentrated area of heat that can scorch the wort; inefficient energy utilization (heat lost to the surrounding air); not for use on systems larger than 10 barrels

Indirect flame heating is a relatively new method. In this method, the flame heats the air in a separate burner box and then circulates the air in the jacket of the entire combustion chamber.

Pros: priced similar to direct fire; no scorching

Cons: not as efficient as electric or steam; not for use on systems larger than 10 barrels

ElectricLarge heating elements are placed inside the kettle just like a residential electric water heater.

Pros: Less expensive than steam; very efficient energy utilization

Cons: electricity sometimes more expensive than gas; needs 3-phase heavy power; not for use on systems larger than 10 barrels

Steam heats are the industry standard for brewing systems sized 15 barrels and up. A separate boiler heats water with a gas flame to create steam that is circulated through an insulated steel jacket around the kettle.

Pros: fairly efficient; heats quickly

Cons: most expensive; requires separate costly boiler; boiler maintenance

Choose manufacturer

There are many suppliers of beer brewing equipment, especially the rise of new breweries in the past decade. Generally speaking, beer equipment is manufactured in China or other countries. Many suppliers of brewery equipment import from them. This is because it can reduce customer costs. If you want to save more budget, you can consider purchasing brewery equipment directly from manufacturers in China or other countries. Micet Group is one of the best brewery equipment manufacturers in China. We can provide you with customized turnkey solutions. Also, we can also provide you with equipment-related testing information. If you plan to order brewery equipment from Micet Group, please feel free to contact me. You only need to tell us the daily output or capacity you want, and our engineers will get in touch with you within 24 hours.

If you are a novice brewer, Micet Group will also provide you with professional brewing services. We will help you complete the first brew. Also, you can also follow our blog, we will regularly update the latest brewing knowledge on the blog. We hope these are just to help you finish brewing your own beer.

Used or new brewery equipment?

Because the price of second-hand brewery equipment is cheaper than new brewery equipment. So many brewers with limited budgets will consider choosing second-hand brewery equipment. But, the quality of second-hand brewery equipment cannot be guaranteed. Also, no one will help if something goes wrong. Of course, for people who have been engaged in craft beer for many years, these are not problems. Because they are already familiar with the working principle of the equipment. They all know how to solve the problems that are prone to equipment. Also, they also judged the material and service life of the equipment.

But, for a novice who is preparing to engage in craft beer, these are very fatal problems. Novice brewers have no relevant experience and no professional technical staff to guide them. So, they have no way to judge the quality of the equipment. If you encounter a black-hearted salesperson of second-hand equipment, you may pay a lot of money.

No matter who buys second-hand brewery equipment, there is no post-service from the manufacturer. If you plan to engage in the brewing industry for a long time, it is recommended to choose new equipment. Many manufacturers now provide very comprehensive services. Micet Group is a very good manufacturer. We can provide customers with one-to-one technical guidance and post-maintenance. Of course, we will also provide you with an equipment test report, so you can see the condition of the equipment intuitively. Micet Group is looking forward to cooperating with you!

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