10 barrel (BBL) stackable brite tanks are stainless steel vessels used to store, condition, clarify, and carbonate beer after fermentation and before packaging. As the name suggests, these tanks have a capacity of 10 barrels, or approximately 310 gallons (1,173 liters).
Brite tanks are an essential component of a brewery’s production and packaging line. This equipment guide covers key considerations when investing in 10 BBL stackable brite tanks, including design, construction, customization options, installation, maintenance, suppliers, pricing, and more.
Types of 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
There are two main types of 10 BBL brite tanks – vertical and horizontal:
|Cylindrical tanks that stack vertically to save floorspace. Have a smaller footprint.
|Longer, flatter tanks that lay on their side. Take up more floorspace but easier to inspect interior.
Key Considerations When Choosing Brite Tank Type:
- Available brewery floorspace
- Desired clarity and sedimentation
- Production workflow and packaging line layout
Both vertical and horizontal tank styles allow modular stacking configurations.
10 BBL Stackable Brite Tank Construction and Design
|Stainless steel – grade 304 or 316L. Fully welded, polished interior
|Height adjustable stainless steel legs or frame. Optional casters for mobility
|12-16” diameter ports for inspection and cleaning access
|Sanitary stainless steel tri-clamp fittings. Optional sample valve and sight glass
|1-2” PU foam insulation wrapped in stainless steel
|Glycol cooling jacket and external heat exchanger
|Digital PID controller and RTD sensor probes
Key Design Factors:
- Number of stacked tanks
- Sanitation and ease of cleaning
- Temperature settings and insulation
- Adjustable height and mobility
- Access ports and fittings
Breweries differ on ideal brite tank configuration for their system based on these design factors. Most allow significant customization.
Customization Options for 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
There are many ways breweries can customize 10 BBL stackable brite tanks:
|From 1-5 high depending on available space
|Casters, floor mounting plates, seismic anchoring options
|Size, number, positioning, special pass-through ports
|Bolt-on, davit, pneumatic, retractable lid systems
|Sample valve, PRV, racking arm, carb stone location, CIP sprayballs
|Half/full glycol or steam heated jacket
|Custom etched or stamped branding
|Level sensors, proportional flow valves, remote telemetry
Brewers can mix-and-match elements or create a fully customized tank set up. But more custom features increase cost.
10 BBL Stackable Brite Tank Suppliers and Pricing
There are many tank fabricators to choose from when buying 10 BBL stackable brite tanks:
|Canby, OR USA
|$18,000 – $25,000
|Portland, OR USA
|$16,500 – $23,000
|$22,000 – $32,000
|Rolec Craft Brewing
|$19,000 – $29,000
|$15,000 – $21,000
* Per single 10 BBL tank
Pricing varies based on:
- Quantity ordered
- Level of customization
- Quality grades of steel
- Import taxes and freight
Breweries should get multiple quotes before selecting a brite tank supplier.
Choosing a 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tank Supplier
Here are key factors in choosing a 10 BBL stackable brite tank supplier
|Reviews and references from other breweries
|Welds, metal grades, craftsmanship
|Flexibility for custom tank features
|Production schedule and inventory levels
|Responsiveness to inquiries and issues
|Pricing and payment terms
|Coverage duration and limitations
|Included or separate line item
Get bids from 3-5 fabricators before deciding. Review sample warranties closely.
10 BBL Stackable Brite Tank Installation
Proper installation is critical for 10 BBL stackable brite tanks to function safely and efficiently:
|Attach legs or casters for mobility
|Layout distancing from walls/equipment
|Use adjustable legs and spirit level for precise alignment
|Install glycol system
|Connect to external chiller and pump
|Install CIP system
|Attach spray balls and cleaning lines
|Connect level, temperature, flow sensors
|Check for leaks under 1.5 times working pressure
|Circulate citric or nitric acid interior passivation solution
|Verify emergency venting, controls, signage is in place
A reputable tank fabricator will provide documentation on procedures and best practices.
Operating 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
Day-to-day operation of 10 BBL brite tanks involves:
|Pump finished beer from fermenter through 0.5 micron filter
|Use level sensors and sight glass to track volume
|Set glycol system to 34-38°F for lagering/ clarifying
|Carb stone use
|Diffuse CO2 into beer to reach target volumes of CO2
|Use sterile piping to transfer bright beer to packaging
|Clean with caustic/acid solutions using spray balls
|Final pass with sanitizer like peracetic or quat solution
|Note production volumes, dates, cleaning, conditions
Following standard operating procedures ensures beer quality and safety.
Maintenance for 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
Regular preventative maintenance is required to sustain performance and longevity of 10 BBL brite tanks:
|Check for corrosion, deposits, or biofilm buildup
|Replace lid, hatch, manway gaskets
|Every 5 years
|Disassemble and rebuild piping transitions
|Re-passivate corrosion prone welds
|Re-level tanks if uneven settlement occurs
|Cooling Loop Leak Checks
|Monitor glycol system for tiny leaks
Maintenance helps minimize beer loss and prevents equipment failures.
Pros and Cons of 10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
Here is a comparison of the advantages and limitations when using 10 BBL stackable brite tanks:
|Stackable – Smaller footprint
|Difficult interior access once stacked
|Condensation dripping between stacked tanks
|Lower capital costs
|Increased risk of oxygen exposure
|Complex automation and controls
|Easier to maintain insulation
|Heavy to ship and install
The pros of efficiency and expandability often outweigh the cons for most breweries.
|How many barrels in 10 BBL?
|10 BBL = 310 gallons or 1,173 liters
|What psi rating should brite tanks have?
|Minimum 15 psi rating, 30 psi recommended
|What are brite tanks made of?
|Tanks made from stainless steel – usually grade 304 or 316L
|Can brite tanks be repaired?
|Yes, repairs possible but can be expensive if significant
|Do brite tanks require ASME certification?
|Not mandatory but ASME stamp signifies quality standards met
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