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15 BBL Brite Tank

A 15 BBL brite tank is a critical piece of brewery equipment used for fermentation and conditioning of beer before packaging. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of 15 BBL brite tanks including types, sizing, design considerations, suppliers, prices, installation, operation and maintenance.

Overview of 15 BBL Brite Tank

  • Brite tanks, also known as bright beer tanks, serve the vital functions of clarifying, carbonating and storing beer after primary fermentation and before packaging
  • 15 barrel (BBL) tanks have a capacity of around 465 gallons or 1760 liters
  • Choosing the right size, number of vessels, layout and custom features is key for an efficient brewery workflow
  • Prices range widely from $15,000 to $60,000+ based on material, quality and customization
  • Proper installation, cleaning and maintenance ensures optimum performance and beer quality

Types of 15 BBL Brite Tanks

CylindroconicalCone bottom with cylindrical upper vessel; efficient sedimentation
VerticalUpright cylindrical vessel; moderate sedimentation
HorizontalCylindrical laid on side; less sedimentation
15 BBL Brite Tank

Design and Customization

MaterialStainless steel (304, 316L), aluminum, fiberglass, plastic composite
FinishPolished, brushed, electropolished, passivated
FeaturesSight glass, sample valve, racking arm, temp indicators, sensors
LayoutStandalone, integrated bank, above/below fermenters
DimensionsDiameter, height and footprint can be customized

Sizing and Capacity

Number of tanksBased on batch size and production requirements
Total capacity15 BBL = 465 gallons = 1760 liters
Dimensionse.g. 72″ diameter x 96″ height
Spacing18-24″ between standalone tanks

Suppliers and Pricing

SupplierPrice Range
JV Northwest$15,000 – $25,000
Stout Tanks$18,000 – $38,000
SS Brewtech$22,000 – $60,000
Maverick$20,000 – $55,000
Premier Stainless$19,000 – $50,000

Price varies based on material used (stainless, aluminum etc), quality of construction, and customization. Get multiple quotes before deciding on a supplier.

Installation, Operation and Maintenance

InstallationLeveling, plumbing, glycol if needed, electrical, test batches
CleaningCIP sprayballs,pbc, manual scrubbing
** Safety**Pressure relief valves, guards
MaintenanceInspections, leak checks, lubrication
MonitoringTemp, pH, DO sensors; control system

Proper installation, cleaning and preventative maintenance is vital for safety, performance and beer quality.

How to Select a Bright Tank Supplier

Important criteria when selecting a brite tank supplier include:

  • Experience and reputation
  • Quality of tanks – material, welds, finish
  • Customization and layout options
  • Lead time and shipping
  • Staff support and responsiveness
  • Installation services offered
  • Warranties and maintenance/repair capabilities
  • Local suppliers preferred for support
  • Client references and testimonials
  • Competitive pricing

Get quotes from 3+ suppliers before deciding. Review sample contracts carefully on pricing, timelines, contingencies etc.

Pros and Cons of 15 BBL Tanks

Optimized clarification and yeast sedimentationHigher capital investment than fermenters
Flexible conditioning and carbonation optionsAdditional floorspace required
Bright stainless tanks improve cold room aestheticsNeed glycol/refrigeration systems
Independent scaling of brite and fermentation capacitiesCleaning can be labor intensive
Allows uninterrupted packaging workflow

15 BBL brite tanks require higher capital expenditure but allow proper beer clarification and flexible packaging workflow.

15 BBL Brite Tank


Q: How many 15 BBL bright tanks are ideal for a 30 BBL brewhouse?

A: A good rule of thumb is to have total brite tank capacity equal to 1 to 1.5 times weekly brewing capacity. For a 30 BBL brewhouse, 4 to 6 units of 15 BBL brite tanks is ideal.

Q: Should brite tanks be horizontal or vertical?

A: Vertical tanks provide better sedimentation but take up more floorspace. Horizontal tanks can save space but circulation is not as efficient. Choose based on layout, footprint and budget considerations.

Q: What temperature are brite tanks typically held at?

A: For ales, brite tank temperature is maintained between 32-40°F during crash cooling, conditioning and carbonation before packaging. Lagers require colder 26-32°F temperatures.

Q: What is the difference between uni and bi-directional agitation?

A: Uni-directional agitation moves liquid in one circular direction for gentle mixing. Bi-directional reversing agitation provides more vigorous mixing for yeast suspension and special batches.

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