Do more with the space you have.

Establish a small and independent brewery

Here are some questions to determine when investing a craft brewery or a microbrewery:

  • More Capacity Supply – There needs to have room for growth while still maintaining craft status.
  • Industry Market Segments – Microbreweries, brewpubs, taproom breweries, regional breweries, contract brewing companies, or alternating proprietors.
  • Cost-Effective Business Expansion – Opportunity to benefit from regional beer sales and generate brand loyalty at a manageable cost.

Because craft breweries are small, they have more room to innovate than commercial breweries. So, do you have a unique traditional brewing method and beer taste?

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As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high-quality, full-flavored beers, Micet Group micro craft system is meeting the market needs of your region with innovative products, creating high levels of economic value in the process.… We are here to help you make good business decisions!

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Micro Craft Brewery System (10HL – 30HL)

Improve the economic benefits of the brewery and keep it running smoothly.

Site Requirements

  • Height Specifications: Micro Craft Brewery Equipment (10 HL – 30 HL) and require a ceiling height of 12.5ft. (custom heights available)
  • Drainage: 4″ inch floor drain is preferred;
  • Electrical: 3 phase/380(220, 415,480…)v/50(60)Hz; Single Phase/220(110, 240…)v/50(60)Hz
  • Control Level: Control  PID display control panel, PLC semi-automatic touch screen panel, PLC fully automatic control panel
  • Heating Method: Electric/steam/direct fire heating
  • Welding: TIG 100% full welding joints
  • Polishing Accuracy: ≤0.4μm
  • Heat Transfer Efficiency: ≥90%
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10bbl 2 Vessel brewery equipment

10bbl 2 vessels microbrewery system 10.5ft high (3.2m)

  • Brewing Batch: 1-2 brew/day
  • Heat Exchange Area: 2㎡
  • Required Area: 90m²
  • Power: 48kw
2 2 1

15HL 3 vessels micro brewery system 12.5ft high (3.8m)

  • Brewing Batch: 2-3 brew/day
  • Heat Exchange Area: 2.5㎡
  • Required Area: 130㎡
  • Required Area: 60kw
2000L Micro brewery equipment

20HL 3 vessels microbrewery system 13.5ft high (4.2m)

  • Brewing Batch: 2-3 brew/day
  • Heat Exchange Area: 3.5㎡
  • Required Area: 200m²
  • Required Area: 92kw

How About Our Quality Control System Work?

  1. Micet Group has different company running principle since started, we only do high end equipment with craftsman spirit, our main business model is distribution system and dedicated to serve for distributors all over the world. Our factory has strict quality control system to make sure the orders is perfect made and the delivery in high efficiency.
  2. Perfect workmanship, uniform dimpled cooling jacket with water welding to ensure no leaking and long life! Overall mirror polishing, polishing 6 times to make Ra 0.4um mirror finish. Testing 12hours with air and water, jacket testing pressure is 5Bar, internal shell testing pressure is 4Bar, and 48hours leaking testing before shipping, which all these testing record will show on data plate.
  3. Our factory have strict quality control and process inspection & testing system to make sure you get the quality you expect and delivery on time. Each of our orders shipment will have 5 inspection steps and the inspection record from materials in checking, production process, pressure testing, finished product inspection, equipment packing and loading inspection, etc. when there is any problems, it’s easier to keep record and solve the issues quickly.
  4. For installation and after-sale services, all piping will be marked numbers before shipping and provide whole process piping installation diagram. Meanwhile if any issues happens, we use the fastest efficiency to solve for customers, no matter sending replacement or repair cost.

Overview of Micro Craft Brewery System

A micro craft brewery is typically defined as producing less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually. The small-scale system is flexible and customizable for crafting top quality artisanal beers.

Types of Micro Craft Brewery System

Manual vs Automated

  Manual Automated
Brewing Operations Hands-on, labor intensive Semi- or fully automated using controllers and sensors
Equipment Simple, minimal functionality Advanced features and controls
Brewing Precision Variable batch to batch Consistent reproducible results
Labor Requirements High staff involvement in each batch Lower staff requirements per batch
Production Volumes Lower total annual batches Higher volumes possible
Capital Costs Lower equipment expense Higher expense for automation
Learning Curve Accessible for new brewers Steeper learning curve

All-Grain vs Extract-Based

Homebrewers expanding into a micro craft brewery may choose between adapting their all-grain brewing process or opting for extract-based commercial systems to simplify operations.

  All-Grain Extract-Based
Ingredients Base malts mashed onsite Brewing extracts and specialty grains
Mashing Process Required Not needed
Brewing Control Greater control over wort and flavors Less flexibility
Equipment Full mashing and lautering system Simplified brewhouse
Time Requirements Longer brew day Faster process
Ingredient Costs Lower Higher costs for extracts
Final Product All-grain purists prefer flavor Some perceive as lower quality

Electric vs Gas-Fired

The heating system is a key equipment choice affecting performance, efficiency, safety, and ambiance.

  Electric Gas
Heating Technology Embedded electric elements Direct gas flame or steam from boiler
Control and Precision Excellent temperature control Temperature fluctuations can occur
Efficiency 70-80% efficient Up to 95% thermal efficiency
Installation Typically simpler connections Gas lines, venting required
Operating Costs Lower energy costs in some regions Varies by gas prices
Brewery Atmosphere Cleaner Adds humidity; flames impact aesthetics
Safety Considerations Avoid electric around water Careful gas leak monitoring needed
Maintenance Low requirements Annual inspection recommended

Micro Craft Brewery System Applications

Serving Fresh vs Packaged Product

  Draft/On Premise Packaged
Serving Method Draft lines straight to taps Bottles, cans, kegs for wholesale
Storage Needs Serving tanks only Full packaging line and inventory storage
Service Model Taproom sales Distribution model
Production Scale Match serving capacity Higher volumes, retail partnerships
Revenue Streams Higher margins on glass pints Lower per unit packaged margins
Customer Interaction Creates onsite brewery experience Wider audience through retail locations
Regulatory Requirements Brewpub license Packaging/labeling compliance

The choice impacts layout, equipment, operations, and the overall business model. Many successful micro craft breweries offer both draft beer in an inviting taproom as well as broader distribution of packaged product.

Supplementary Spaces

Usage Details
Taproom/Restaurant Space for patrons to sample beers. May require kitchen equipment subject to county health department regulations
Beer Garden / Patio Outdoor space to enjoy craft beers. Could include portable draft lines, tents, heat lamps
Offices and Storage Areas Administrative work and inventory areas as needed
Barrel-Aging Rooms Controlled climate rooms for wood-aging beers
Lab for Testing and Trials QC and experimental small batch brewing

Configure auxiliary usage zones to support main production areas. Consider future potential to host private events or expand seating capacity.

Key Criteria for Choosing a Micro Craft Brewhouse Supplier

Consideration Guidelines
Relevant Experience Look for hundreds of successful previous micro craft installations
Product Offerings Wide range meets needs from manual to fully automated
Customization Ability to get custom vessels and modify standard packages
Manufacturing Quality All stainless steel hand-welded vessels and parts; reputation for reliability
Dimensions Size and height fits floorplan; measure doorways and aisles
Lead Times Ready sooner than entirely custom fabricated systems
Service Capability Responsive support team handles questions and issues
Pricing Packages Compare proposals across needed equipment and features
Payment Terms Flexible installments plans help secure financing

Top Questions to Ask Prospective Brewery Vendors

  • How long have you specialized in micro craft sized brewhouses?
  • Can you share contacts of micro breweries using your equipment I could call?
  • Where are your manufacturing and assembly facilities located?
  • Do you offer lease-to-own payment plans or financing assistance?
  • Is shipping, delivery, and installation included in pricing?
  • How soon could my system be operational from order date?
  • Who handles warranty repairs and technical support?
  • Can you help customize equipment configuration to fit my space?

Have candid conversations to determine the best fit based on needs, pricing, and service approach. Tour existing installations to inspect build quality if possible.

Comparison of Micro Craft vs Macro Brewery Systems

Micro craft breweries face distinct opportunities and challenges compared to large brewers.

Micro Craft vs Macro Breweries

  Micro Macro
Annual Production Volume < 15,000 barrels Over 100,000 barrels
Batch Size 5-30 BBL typical Hundreds of BBL per batch
Brewing Approach Traditional recipes; small batches Focused on mass production volumes
Product Variety Constant innovation; seasonal offerings Flagship brands; limited specialty options
Ingredients Specialty malts, hops, yeasts Commodity adjuncts like corn, rice
Business Model Local taproom sales; limited distribution National distribution networks
Pricing Range $4.50-$10 per pint Under $1 per bottle at retail
Ownership Structure Often owner operated Corporate shareholders

The scale requires tailored strategies to ingredients, operations, marketing, and financing. As they grow, micro craft breweries make transitions towards more automation. But retaining quality, creativity, and connections with local community remain imperatives.

Advantages and Limitations of Micro Craft Brewing

The intimate micro brewery scale enables artisanal approaches but also comes with financial and operational challenges.

Benefits and Opportunities with Micro Craft Breweries

  • Freedom for brewers to experiment with recipes and ingredients
  • Focus on flavor, aroma, and appearance
  • Engage customers with speciality offerings and seasonal varieties
  • Build loyal local following and brand identity
  • Charge premium price points for perceived quality
  • Lower startup capital investment requirements
  • Owner operated maintains flexibility and control
  • Capability to grow production incrementally avoids large debt

Potential Weaknesses and Risks Facing Small Breweries

  • Consistency batch to batch can be challenging
  • Floorspace limitations may constrain growth
  • Stainless equipment has high upfront costs
  • Securing bank loans difficult without proven financials
  • Must price competitively as market saturates
  • Expensive Federal and State licensing fees
  • Staffing challenges finding qualified brewers
  • Distribution without discounts tough for retailers
  • High failure rate as fads change in craft beer

The list of considerations highlights how micro craft brewing offers great rewards but requires thorough planning. Learn from other successful breweries while crafting an identity around unique beers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size brewery production is considered “micro craft”?

The Brewers Association defines micro craft breweries as producing under 15,000 barrels per year. That equates to brewing no more than 450,000 US gallons annually.

How much space do I need for a micro sized brewhouse?

Plan for at least 1,500-3,000 sq ft for a small 3-7 BBL micro brewery. This includes the brewhouse plus fermentation room, cold storage, packaging area, ingredients, lab, and offices. More space allows more comfortable production volumes and future growth capacity.

What are important utilities I need to operate brewery equipment?

Key utilities are electricity, water, drainage, ventilation, refrigeration, gas lines for any direct-fired kettles, and steam if applicable. Ensure adequate connection sizes, pressure, drainage slope, and phased electrical distribution.

Is buying used brewery equipment a good idea?

Used equipment saves substantially on upfront capital costs. But results vary greatly depending on age, maintenance performed, upgrades needed for controls and reconditioning, and warranty support. Evaluate operational expenses over lifetime of tanks.

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