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10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks

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:

TypeDescription
VerticalCylindrical tanks that stack vertically to save floorspace. Have a smaller footprint.
HorizontalLonger, 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
  • Budget
  • Production workflow and packaging line layout

Both vertical and horizontal tank styles allow modular stacking configurations.

10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks
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10 BBL Stackable Brite Tank Construction and Design

ComponentDetails
VesselStainless steel – grade 304 or 316L. Fully welded, polished interior
Legs/BaseHeight adjustable stainless steel legs or frame. Optional casters for mobility
Manways12-16” diameter ports for inspection and cleaning access
FittingsSanitary stainless steel tri-clamp fittings. Optional sample valve and sight glass
Insulation1-2” PU foam insulation wrapped in stainless steel
Cooling SystemGlycol cooling jacket and external heat exchanger
Temperature ControlDigital 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:

CustomizationDetails
Stack heightFrom 1-5 high depending on available space
Frame/legsCasters, floor mounting plates, seismic anchoring options
ManwaysSize, number, positioning, special pass-through ports
Hatch/lidBolt-on, davit, pneumatic, retractable lid systems
FittingsSample valve, PRV, racking arm, carb stone location, CIP sprayballs
External jacketHalf/full glycol or steam heated jacket
Badges/logosCustom etched or stamped branding
AutomationLevel 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:

SupplierLocationPrice Range*
JV NorthwestCanby, OR USA$18,000 – $25,000
Stout TanksPortland, OR USA$16,500 – $23,000
Steam BrothersMilan, Italy$22,000 – $32,000
Rolec Craft BrewingGermany$19,000 – $29,000
Maverick StainlessColorado USA$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

ConsiderationDetails
ReputationReviews and references from other breweries
QualityWelds, metal grades, craftsmanship
CustomizationFlexibility for custom tank features
Lead TimesProduction schedule and inventory levels
Customer ServiceResponsiveness to inquiries and issues
CostPricing and payment terms
WarrantiesCoverage duration and limitations
ShippingIncluded 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:

TaskDetails
Assemble baseAttach legs or casters for mobility
Position tanksLayout distancing from walls/equipment
Level tanksUse adjustable legs and spirit level for precise alignment
Install glycol systemConnect to external chiller and pump
Install CIP systemAttach spray balls and cleaning lines
Install automationConnect level, temperature, flow sensors
Pressure testCheck for leaks under 1.5 times working pressure
PassivateCirculate citric or nitric acid interior passivation solution
Safety checkVerify 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:

ActivityProcedure
FillingPump finished beer from fermenter through 0.5 micron filter
MonitoringUse level sensors and sight glass to track volume
Temperature controlSet glycol system to 34-38°F for lagering/ clarifying
Carb stone useDiffuse CO2 into beer to reach target volumes of CO2
EmptyingUse sterile piping to transfer bright beer to packaging
CleaningClean with caustic/acid solutions using spray balls
SanitationFinal pass with sanitizer like peracetic or quat solution
Record keepingNote 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:

TaskFrequencyDetails
Interior InspectionQuarterlyCheck for corrosion, deposits, or biofilm buildup
Gasket ReplacementAnnuallyReplace lid, hatch, manway gaskets
Transition RebuildEvery 5 yearsDisassemble and rebuild piping transitions
PassivationAs neededRe-passivate corrosion prone welds
Leg/Frame AdjustmentAs neededRe-level tanks if uneven settlement occurs
Cooling Loop Leak ChecksMonthlyMonitor 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:

ProsCons
Stackable – Smaller footprintDifficult interior access once stacked
Modular expandabilityCondensation dripping between stacked tanks
Lower capital costsIncreased risk of oxygen exposure
Mobile flexibilityComplex automation and controls
Easier to maintain insulationHeavy to ship and install

The pros of efficiency and expandability often outweigh the cons for most breweries.

10 BBL Stackable Brite Tanks

FAQ

QuestionAnswer
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

Conclusion

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