BrauBeviale 2019 – YoLong Brewtech

It’s all about to happen at the BrauBeviale 2019 in November 12 – 14 this year. YoLong will only be exhibiting there next year, but the BrauBeviale event will very much be in our thoughts.

Anyone who appreciates quality beverages and its production, will be putting in an appearance at the Exhibition Centre, NürnbergMesse, in Germany this week.

More Information About BrauBeviale

The beverage production and beverage marketing industries – and everyone associated with it – consider the BrauBeviale the most important capital goods event in the world, and not just Europe. What are capital goods, you might be asking yourself? Well, capital goods are used to produce other goods, rather than being the end result that is ultimately bought by the consumer.

Last year, BrauBeviale 2018 broke new attendance records, and was recognised as a the most outstanding fair to showcase the industry’s global economic prospects. This indicates that there will be an equally positive result experienced this year, as the beverage industry converges for the annual community gathering.

What Can Be Expected at the BrauBeviale 2019?

The solutions and products on display at this year’s fair will host around 1,100 exhibitors: 53% of whom are from countries other than Germany. This means the complete beverage production chain will be represented.

  • Marketing
  • Accessories
  • Packaging
  • Components
  • Latest beverage technology
  • Raw materials

This year’s main theme at the BrauBeviale 2019, is the future viability of the global beverage industry: What challenges do both equipment suppliers and the beverage manufacturers face?

Brau continues growing to be more international than ever before. The beverage sector comprises of a myriad different players: startups, small to medium enterprises, global consortiums, and both old and new friends and associates. The fair organisers responded to the increase in attendance in 2018, by planning a new route around all the displays. This enhanced the general atmosphere of bonhomie and connectivity. Hall 1: Raw materials and sensory attributes; Halls 6/7/7A/8/9: Technologies; Hall 6: Water treatments, components, and analyses; Halls 4 and 4A: Packaging; Halls 5/6: Marketing and accessories.

 

The Future Viability of the Beverage Sector

This year’s main theme focuses on the issues and challenges that are currently confronting beverage producers globally. Progressive technology, raw material diversity, and ingredient sustainability are just as important to the industry as continuing automation and digitalisation. What are the future strategies predicted for within each company, the packaging sector, marketing messages, and communication with consumers and end clients? This will all be covered at BrauBeviale 2019.

Symposia

Held on the day before the Brau Trade Fair, the two symposia have proven to be a very popular way of easing into the event activities. They are organised by the esteemed organisations:

  • VLB Berlin Craft Brewing in Practice International Courses
  • Export Forum German Beverages
  • European Beer Star

Why BrauBeviale is Visited by Beverage Trade and Associated Industry Professionals from All Over the World

Over 40,000 industry professionals and representatives from all over the world visited Brau in 2018. The beverage industry extends beyond the scope of what many people have come to associate with the sector. The branches of beverage production and commercial enterprise reaches from Austria to Costa Rica, and beyond. There isn’t a corner of the world where beverages haven’t integrated into the fabric of every service and sales provider.

Trade visitors who attend BrauBeviale focus on both quality and quantity. They make decisions regarding prospective investments and developments with a far-seeing eye on the future, and 99% of the attendees go home satisfied and eagerly awaiting the fair next year.

YoLong Brewtech is proud to have been associated with BrauBeviale 2018, and we wish every visitor this year a very successful attendance: We look forward to seeing you all at the BrauBeviale 2020!

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About ½YoLong Brewtech

YoLong Industrial Brewtech is the emerging top brewery equipment manufacturer in the Asian Pacific and Oceania regions. As a global provider of specialized engineering and fabrication projects for breweries across the world, YoLong technology continues to bring custom designed and precision engineered equipment to our customers.

Our company’s services, systems, and equipment are committed to assisting YoLong customers in continued optimisation of performance and process. We have a brewery solution to suit every requirement.

YoLong equipment and systems can be found in breweries wherever value, cost effectiveness, renewable energy, great customer service, and the highest quality is demanded. Our fabrications and installations can be found in over 40 different countries worldwide, because we help our customers to stay ahead in this global arena.

Is Craft Beverage Production the Face of Future? YoLong Brewtech is Off to the Craft Beverage Expo in Louisville, KY to Find Out

Millennials want to know from where their products are coming. This consumer trend is best reflected in the massive popularity of small batch craft beverage production. And we are all gathering at the Craft Beverage Expo on December 3 to 5 this year, 2019, to find out what’s next for this growing market sector.

Products made in limited batches signify high-quality care and knowledgeable craftsmanship to the Millennial market.

It’s never been a better time to think big and downsize. For six years now, the Craft Beverage Expo – to be held this year at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. – is focusing on bringing keen small batch beverage producers from around the world to build impactful connections from all industry sectors.

Small Batch Beverages Taste Better

There’s no mystery to why the craft beverage market has taken off in such a big way; it tastes better and has a wide appeal for anyone who’s in the mood for a more intense flavor from what they sip. If you think craft beverage production is limited to beer – think again:

  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Kombucha
  • Tea
  • Coffee

All of the drinkables on that list have been touched by the craft, small batch angel, and they are taking over as the drink choice for an ever-increasing market sector.

Is the Craft Beverage Expo a Conference or Tradeshow?

Well, the CBE is a bit of both. This craft beverage industry event is focused on the issues and challenges that the producers of finest quality beverages face: (1) Who can supply the best equipment within budget when a company is expanding or starting up? (2) What is the best technology to install in a small batch, craft operation? And finally, (3) How to get your high-quality beverages onto a store’s shelves.

Exhibitors on CBE 2018

Providing the answers to these questions are the foundation stone of the Annual CBE Craft Beverage Distribution Conference 2019, this year. If you are in the business of craft beverage production and distribution, YoLong Brewtech is sure to see you there.

Key Lectures You Shouldn’t Miss at the Craft Beverage Expo, 2019

Learn About Distribution: If you want to learn everything there is to know about how to create an effective distribution strategy for your product and also scale your business to meet increasing demand, you can do it at the CBE, 2019.

Insightful sessions will be offered on a broad range of topics related to this finely balanced subject. Distribution pertaining to demand planning and how to work with big and small distributors are some of the key lectures related to distribution.

Define Your Brand: New tools and technologies on show at the expo will get your product on the stores’ shelves faster and more efficiently. That’s why YoLong Brewtech are showcasing some of our custom brewery technology at the CBE, 2019, this year. We are there to talk to expo visitors face-to-face, and offer them the perfect solution custom-made specifically for you, the independent beverage producer.

If you have the winning beverage recipe, it deserves to be handled with respect and care. From the time the sourced ingredients reach the production floor, to the time your product is labelled and packaged for distribution, YoLong equipment gets it perfect every time.

What Defines a Beverage Brand? A lot of thought goes into the formulation of a winning small batch, craft beverage recipe. And that’s just the beginning. What label goes on the packaging? What financial and analytical services will you need? Where can you source the finest and best-priced ingredients? All these questions will be answered at the Craft Beverage Expo, 2019.

Women in Craft Beverage Production – Find Your Community: A new sector has sprung up in the small batch craft beverage industry in the last ten years, and the CBE 2019 is here to celebrate and laud it. Join us all at the Omni Louisville Hotel Commonwealth Ballroom on December 5, 2019 for the chance to meet Peggy Noe Stevens – industry leader in brand transformation with particular focus on female professionals and women in the craft beverage industries.

What Will YoLong Brewtech Be Bringing to the Craft Beverage Expo?

It’s no secret that YoLong Brewtech Industrial is a big fan of spreading the word about how to expand or startup a craft brewery using the highest quality equipment and auto technology. We are passionate about the product service sector, and our aim is to fabricate the best equipment so brewmasters and cold brew coffee artisans can get down to doing what they do best: create masterful taste and aroma.

YoLong presents every client with a turnkey solution that is installed on time, within budget, and ready to begin producing your beverage recipe perfectly every time.

The YoLong 200L Skid Uni Tank Exhibition

What is a Skid Tank, you may be asking yourself? A skid tank is an above-the-ground tank that has been mounted on a small platform that was purpose-built in the factory. It is often impossible to mount uni-tanks on permanent supports above ground or install tanks underground. The YoLong team gave this problem a lot of thought, and came up with the ultimate solution: Skid Uni-Tanks.

You can have your skid tank mounted on a platform constructed from strong steel structural shapes, for example, beams or angled iron. This allows the platform to prevent the uni-tank from resting directly on the factory floor, but the biggest benefit of a skid tank installation is that it’s prevented from rolling over.

The platform of a skid tank also allows it to be repositioned from one site location to another. Dispensing pumps can also be mounted on the skid tank to create a self-contained storage and dispensing system. If you want your industry production to be flexible, you should come to the Craft Beverage Expo and learn more about the YoLong exhibition: the 200L Skid Uni Tank.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to contact YoLong Brewtech directly if you have any questions about how we can elevate your beverage production to the next level.

YoLong Brewtech Coffee-Brewhouse

YoLong Brewtech Industrial has expanded operations to encompass the high demand for quality cold brew coffee systems. We plan on revolutionizing how commercial and craft cold brew coffee equipment is produced, fabricated, and installed.

YoLong Coffee-brewhouse and cold brew coffee technology can yield up to 15 percent more cold brew per coffee quantity. Experience faster brewing times, more intense flavor, and compact equipment that take up minimal space.

The Buzz About Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee has changed how the consumer thinks about coffee. The process used to obtain the complex flavor profiles and low acid content that signals expert cold brew coffee uses roasting, brewing, and bottling or kegging. This why YoLong is poised to become the biggest name in Cold Brew Coffee.

If you are a professional coffee roaster who wants additional brewing equipment to complement your roastery, or a craft brewer who plans on adapting your set-up to handle coffee as well, YoLong Brewtech are here to help.

Please continue reading for more information on our complete range of cold brew coffee equipment – from compact 1bbl systems through to commercial-size 10bbl systems capable of brewing over 300 gallons per batch – YoLong Brewtech have the highest quality cold brew coffee equipment, ideal for your expansion plans.

YoLong + Engineering Precision & Passion

If beermaking is part of history, then cold brew coffee-making is creating history. The technology used to create both beer and cold brew coffee might be the same, but beer has always been part of the culture in every country around the world, whereas cold brew coffee is still making inroads. We want to help you continue spreading coffee culture to a wider audience.

The cold brew industry is on the rise, transforming itself from the microcosm of brewing in stills all the way to large-scale commercial bottles, kegs, and flavor-infused nitro cold brew. At every step of the cold brew coffee development, quality equipment is required to assist in creating the finest end product.

This is why YoLong Brewtech supply the craft beer and coffee industries with the equipment they need to brew to the highest specifications. Every cold brew coffee brewhouse is produced with our years of experience, obsessive engineering perfection, and commitment to providing our clients with the best customer service in the world.

The way YoLong Brewtech engineer and design cold brew coffee equipment means your business will operate more efficiently on every level. You will receive the highest grade equipment with optimal automation functionality, making it easier to operate and maintain. Every piece has been fabricated to minimize waste and maximize efficiency.

How Do YoLong Merge Craft Beer & Cold Brew Coffee Engineering?

The cold brew process is where the coffee and craft beer worlds converge. Often, the consumer who values craft beer will feel the same way about cold brew coffee. You could say that someone who drinks cold brew coffee in the morning is 99% likely to drink craft beer at night! Bistros and restaurants are rushing to add cold brew coffee kegerators and craft beer taps to cater for this growing market.

YoLong can provide the expansion plans you need to break into this market, the expertise you need for budgeting and installation, and the right amount of equipment and automation.

Lagers and IPAs are fermented at exact temperatures. The hops are added at precisely the right moment in order to preserve their fresh aroma. This is a very similar process to how coffee is brewed at the ideal temperature to produce cold brew coffee. This process doesn’t change, whether it’s roasted and ground coffee or barley grain, you will be able to control and engineer the greatest brew.

How to Take Your Business into Commercial or Craft Cold Brew Coffee Production

The coffee bean is actually a seed from the coffee plant, similar to a cherry. It has over one thousand chemical compounds inside the “pit,” and each compound reacts differently depending on the temperature to which it is exposed.

The fine art of roasting utilizes something called the Maillard reaction. This when starch and sugars are converted into more complex flavor compounds. Each new compound has its own distinct aroma and flavor profile.

These factors influence the final cold brew coffee aroma and flavor:

  • Origin of beans
  • Mix of bean type
  • Temperature and roasting time
  • Grind-size
  • Water source
  • Temperature of water

If you are in the market for large-batch cold brew coffee brew systems, YoLong commercial grade equipment will help take your cold brew coffee business up to the next level and beyond. We offer full support to both the independent roaster and the large-scale roaster by helping plan, design, fabricate, and install equipment for the entire brewing process.

The YoLong commitment to quality guarantees our team expertise, customer support, and equipment warranties: your satisfaction in the completed project is assured.

YoLong systems are designed to fit in with:

  • large commercial businesses
  • independent craft roasters and brewers
  • boutique coffee shops
  • coffee shop chains
  • restaurants
  • brew pubs
  • tap rooms

Our equipment offers a clean and easy way of brewing with custom-made stainless steel kettles and tanks. You can say good-bye to cheap filters and messy, plastic buckets forever. YoLong Brewtech’s professional-grade equipment will accommodated every one of your brewing needs, while keeping your precious product orderly and clean.

Purchasing and installing a YoLong cold brew coffee system is an investment that will have you producing and brewing more quality product than you ever believed possible. Our systems are quicker, easier to operate, and come with the YoLong guarantee.

The Most Popular Beers Around the World & Why These Countries Love Them! Part 1

What makes a country prefer one beer over another? Is it good branding, mass marketing, and consumers choosing the most easily available option? Or is it something more deeply ingrained into the subconscious of a nation of people?

YoLong celebrate everything about beer and its production. We do this by creating the best equipment to do the perfect job of duplicating a popular beer recipe every time. It is, after all, a beer’s consistency and excellence that raises it to the top of the most beloved beers in a country.

Northern Africa

Algeria – Tango (Heineken)

Heineken acquired Algeria’s best-selling beer, S.A.R.L. Tango, in 2008. It comes in two varieties: Tango Biére blonde and Tango Sans Alcool (alcohol-free). Tango is a pale lager -North American/Light Beer. This describes a beer that is a cross between a Pilsner and a Pale Lager. A pale lager/North Am. light will typically have softer carbonation than the classic Pilsner popular in Europe.

Tango is characterized by its light to medium body, average carbonation, and 4.8% ABV. Described as golden in colour, with aromas of malt and straw, after expert pouring, Tango will have a thin, white head. Drinkers have pronounced the taste as: grain; sweet; malt; papery; thin.

Why is Tango the Most Popular Beer in Algeria?

Although Europeans might find the thin, light flavour of Tango unappetizing on a snowy day, Algerians love the sweet, refreshing golden beer with a thin, white head and restrained carbonation. It is perfect for the Mediterranean climate of North Algeria and the extreme temperatures experienced in the Tell region.

How Would a Commercial Beer Brewer Control the Carbonation Process?

Tango’s signature flat, thin, white head is probably created with a post-filter (to remove the yeast) carbonation process. Every beer needs to keep CO2 gas inside the liquid, and this requires the pressure from a sealed bottle lid or cap. When the cap is removed or the tab is pulled off the can, the pressure is released and the bubbles begin to rise.

Most natural carbonation escapes during the fermentation of the wort. Natural carbonation occurs in the commercial brewery vessels or it can happen in the bottle when the beer is given time to ferment. Unfiltered beer has the active yeast hanging in a suspension in the liquid. When sugar is added to the beer upon bottling, the sugar and yeast will release the CO2, which is then absorbed by the beer.

Southern Africa

South Africa – Carling Black Label Beer (SAB)

As South African Breweries – SAB – proudly announces on their site, they have been producing Carling Black Label for over 40 years. CBL has won many awards all over the world and when it appears in beer tasting expos, it receives a warm reception from those who sample it. It is also known as Zamalek, and the history of how Carling Black Label came to be called that is an interesting one.

How Carling Black Label Came to Be Called Zamalek

Egypt has a football (soccer) club called Zamalek. They visited South Africa in 1993 to play in the African Cup Championship. They played against the legendary South African soccer team called Kaiser Chiefs. The Egyptian Zamalek team beat Kaiser Chiefs in a slamming 1 – 2 victory, and knocked the South African team right out of the championship. This complete knockout and defeat is used to describe the effect drinking a Carling Black Label can have on someone.

The reason for this is, while most beers sold in South Africa have less than 5% ABV, Carling Black Label packs a powerful 5.5% alcohol content punch. This is more than enough increase in ABV to take the average beer drinker out of the competition!

The Taste of Carling Black Label/Zamalek

Carling Black Label is characterized by its full-bodied, smooth, rewarding flavour. It has been described by visitors from other countries as having a distinctive, fruity aroma and low bitterness levels. It is a thin, light beer with a soft, delicate fizz created from the carbonation process. When poured by an expert, a Black Label beer should have a lightly foamy and translucent head of white bubbles, and a sweet, fruity taste with overtones of citrus.

This seems to be the ideal balance of refreshing lightness and drinkability needed from a beer in such a hot climate. CBL has become one of SABs most successful commercially produced beers.

How Do Breweries Stop Beers from Being Too Bitter?

There is a difference between the tang produced by a hoppy beer and the sharp, bitter overtones created by excess tannins. Tannins occur in malted grains as a form of polyphenol (a micronutrient that activates the bitterness receptors in the taste buds). During the mashing process, when the sweet, malted grain is combined with temperature-controlled water, the heated water activates the malt enzymes. This activation triggers the grain’s starch to begin converting into sugar.

Mashing is done in a large container called a mash tun. The mash tun retains the heat while the grain starch is activated for the optimum amount of time. The next process is called the lautering; this is done in the lauter tun. The spent grain and husks are separated from the sweet wort in a lauter tun.

It is during the brewing process in the mash tun and lauter tun where the tannins, extracted from the husks, can be driven higher. This is caused by several factors.

Excessive tannin will be extracted from beer if the pH balance has been allowed to go too high (6.0 and above). This can happen because grains are steeped in an extracted brew that contains too much water, or when the all-grain brew wort is lautering. The grain-to-water ratio has to be calculated exactly, in order to avoid excess tannins from being extracted.

If a brew is all-grain, the tannins are best extracted close to the end of the sparge and lautering process. It’s at this juncture when the pH can rise above 6.0. To counteract the pH rising, keep an eye on the pH of the mash. Maintain it at around 5.2 to 5.6 pH during the mashing, lautering, and brewing.

If this sounds very complicated, it’s because breweries are run by some of the most qualified and excellent brew masters in the world. They have in-depth knowledge on how to craft beer using science and instinct.

Commercial breweries, and a high percentage of craft breweries as well, rely on fully automatic brewery equipment. This is to ensure the beer recipe is created and produced according to the strict guidelines laid down by the brew master.

Asia & Europe

Turkey – Efes (Anadolu Group)

The country of Turkey occupies a unique geographical position. It lies between Asia and Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and represents a blend of both cultures.

Turkey is an incredibly popular holiday destination (sixth most popular holiday destination in the world) for people all over the world, but especially from the Asian and European continents. They flock there for the clement weather, delicious cuisine, and friendly people. Turkey is the cradle of civilization and the centre of where beer culture originates.

Turkey’s most identifiable and world-renowned beer is Efes Pilsen. The manufacturers of this famous beer are world leaders in setting trends and the first to reach ground-breaking goals.

Interesting Facts About Anadolu Efes Pilsen Beer

Every visitor to Turkey knows how to pronounce “Efes” – it is Eff (how the letter “F” is pronounced) and Ess (how the letter “S” is pronounced) – so say Eff-Ess when you want to order one. But this is not the only interesting fact to know about Anadolu Efes Pilsen.

The name Efes was chosen by the beer’s national consumers. A competition was held and the inspiration for the winning name came from the ancient historical city of Ephesus, near the Ege Biracılık ve Malt Sanayii A.Ş. brewery in İzmir. Efes Pilsen won a gold medal in Paris at the Sélection Mondial in 1973, and has been winning international beer awards steadily ever since then.

Anadolu Efes Pilsen Taste and Flavour Profile

Efes is a European Pale Lager. It has an ABV of 5% and is produced all year round to satisfy its ever-increasing fan base. When the beer is expertly poured (an aggressive centre pour with abrupt taper off), it appears clean and clear in the glass with a thin, white head after settling. The colour is yellow with slight effervescence and a small amount of lacing occurring during drinking.

The aroma upon first inhalation is redolent of rich corn with a touch of sugar, and a welcome hint of lightly floral hops.

The taste and flavour of Efes has been described as slightly citrus, corn cake, polenta, and cream crackers. For the beer drinker who is expecting a fine Pilsener, and the identifying Pilsener qualities of crisp, clear appearance and taste, Efes does not disappoint.

It’s for these reasons – the consistent taste and aroma profile, light to moderate herby, floral, and earthy character, and light to medium body and carbonation – that you will find its green glass bottle and dark, royal blue label on tables all over the world as Efes sales continue to dominant Europe and Asia.

North America

The United States of America – Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch)

Light or “Lite” beers are slowly taking over in countries that tick these boxes:

  • People want cheap beer
  • Consumers are moving to beers with lower alcohol content
  • The market is saturated with advertising that influences the target demographic to choose lite beer

How Did Bud Light Become the Best Selling Beer in the United States?

Between the two largest beer companies in the U.S., (Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors) they control 71% of the beer market in that country. The truth is, if an alcohol and beverage distributor wants to stock a range of beer brands, they have to give the prominent shelf and fridge positions to these two beer suppliers, or they will lose their price profit margin.

So, when a customer is rushing into the store to buy a quick six pack, the first thing they will see is a display with either an Anheuser Busch or a Miller Coors product stacked on it, and the prices will be the cheapest in the store. It’s no wonder that only 11 brewers in total account for 90% of all beer sold in the United States.

The shopping patterns of beer buyers show that when consumers have to cater for a large crowd of drinkers, such as a party or barbecue, they pick lite beer over tasty craft beer every time. It saves them money, and provides their guests with a budget-friendly, light, refreshing brew that is not going to hit them over the head with the alcohol content. It’s for these reasons that Bud Light/Lite is the most popular beer in the States.

Key Facts About Bud Light

As are most of the favourite beers in hotter climates, Bud Light is an American Light Lager. It has an ABV of 4.2% and is brewed using a combination of rice and barley malts, and a blend of premium hops of different varieties. Some of the hops are grown in America and a percentage is imported from overseas.

This is because there has been a massive strain on American hop suppliers since the emergence of multiple craft breweries across the county. Part of the appeal of a craft beer is that it is brewed according to the traditions of yesteryear, and this means as few imported natural ingredients as possible.

The countrywide hop shortage is leading to the expansion and construction of craft breweries to slow down or stall completely. This is a sad consequence to the popularity of locality crafted beer. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved with more hop crops being grown or imported.

There are many commercial and craft brewery equipment fabricators who are able to supply the natural raw ingredients needed to make beer. Manufacturing outstanding brewery equipment is not the only talent many companies have. Being able to introduce high quality beer ingredient suppliers to breweries is a necessary subdivision of the beer making process.

What Do Bud Light Drinkers Have to Say About the Beer?

Beer drinkers enjoy Bud Light because of its consistency and generic taste that holds no surprises. You can safely grab one at a party or a barbecue with the knowledge that it will quench you thirst and satisfy your need for a normal beer taste.

It is recommended to serve Bud Light at an icy temperature, and then drink it before the condensation droplets have rolled to the bottom of the bottle. And Bud Light consumers are insistent that the bottled beer tastes better and more refreshing than the cans.

Bud light has a pale, yellow colour and pours with a large, foamy head that quickly dissipates into a medium head with sizeable bubbles. As far as lacing is concerned (the residue left by the beer head foam as you drink the beer), Bud Light has virtually no lacing.

The aroma of a Bud Light has been described by various drinkers as having notes of corn, waffle syrup, and sugar. There is minimal hop taste presence, and most Bud Light drinkers enjoy its innocuous beer flavour with the equivalent carbonation to a soda. When the bottle is completely drained, there might be a hint of sweet grain finish if you sniff the bottle opening deeply.

Bud Light consumers rave about its exceptional drinkability for people of all taste preferences.

Anheuser-Busch has an appealing “farm to bottle” step by step manufacturing process. From the sourcing of the ingredients, through to putting the cap on the bottle, Bud Light is monitored and subjected to rigorous quality control. This can be seen in the unvarying taste and colour in the billions of Bud Light bottles sold around the world and across the States every year.

Beer: Price, Taste, & Marketing is what decides which one you buy

End of Part 1

This is the first in our series about countries and the beers they love. It is fascinating to discover the reasons why certain beers grow to become the dominant product in the different countries. These favourite beer brands are so ingrained into the consciousness of the citizens of each place that even when the person moves to live in another country, they will still prefer the taste of the beers to which they were initially exposed. To them, it is the taste of home and one to which they will always identify.

However, craft beer production is growing at an almost exponential rate. Could it be that one day, the most popular beers around the world map will change over to craft beer?

Let the YoLong Brewery Equipment Team know what you think in the comments below.

What Equipment Do I Need In Beverage Production?

Introduction

Food and Beverage industry is one of the most popular industries that usually never go out of business and there is never a scarcity of choices in the market for beverages because it is a necessity and humans love and enjoy drinking them. It is, for this reason, every year some companies and brands join the beverage industry and come up with a new variety, taste, mixture of ingredients, and flavor for their customers. If you are planning to enter the industry and introduce your brand in the market, you must do your research thoroughly because it is extremely important.Many new entrants start by investing heavily in the equipment for the beverage production and this is where they often go wrong. Having your equipment has its advantage but often it comes up with fewer benefits and high costs. Even some basic equipment can cost you millions of dollars because the equipment produced is usually of high quality and is extremely specialized. Therefore, the equipment should be owned considering the type of beverage company you are operating and what stage you are currently at. If you are an already established and successful brand in the industry, and having the equipment is crucial for your business operations then in this article we will help you to find out what equipment is necessary to purchase.

Types of Bottling Equipment

In terms of bottling, you might need two types of equipment:

Semi- Automatic

For the companies that have just started their business and their target market is small, limited and only regional, semi- automatic equipment is ideal for them to purchase. This includes machines for capping and labeling, rinsing bottles, and filling. If you have less space for production then purchasing tabletop machinery may be a good idea. For a basic bottling line, you may need labelers, cappers, and tabletop fillers that could be run by one or more than one operator. You can create a packaging line for your product by having the filling system that is uni-framed. This kind of system includes an automatic machine that does the filling and you can add on other types of machinery to the frame as per your choice. Usually, the uni-frame machine systems in the beverage industry come up with capers, labelers, and bottle rinsing and cleaning machines. The best part about having semi-automatic bottling equipment is that you can simply and easily upgrade it in the future to the automatic equipment as per the needs of the changing market conditions and growth of the business.

Automatic

As the company grows, at one point or the other you would need to purchase automatic bottling equipment which would include a bottle cleaning machine that is completely automatic. These machines usually have a vacuum in them and they help to clean the bottles before the beverage is poured in them. They do this by inverting the bottle over a basin to remove debris and all kinds of pollutants to make sure the bottle is clean. The Health of the consumer is extremely important that is why it has to be cleaned properly to ensure it is safe to drink. These machines also use a special kind of nozzle to lose out the debris first and then the vacuum is used to suck out the waste particles. These automatic bottle cleaners use PLC that can simply be operated with a touch.

After cleaning the bottle the next step is to fill liquid in it. For this automatic filling machines can be purchased,for example, gravity fillers and overflow fillers. Overflow fillers are capable of handling the foaming that can occur in some specific drinks whereas gravity fillers are easy simple and time-based fillers that can help to fill up the bottle to a consistent level without any hassle. Automatic filling machines also use PLC like rinsing machines and are capable of handling different record times, delays and durations for some particular bottles.

Once the bottles are filled you need to seal them. For this, you can purchase automatic capping machines that can automatically do the sealing without any difficulty. To preserve the color, taste and to increase the shelf life of the beverage many companies use nitrogen pure systems before capping and sealing. The capping systems include cap delivery systems that constantly cap the bottles automatically when the bottles move to the packaging. Some popular capping machines in the beverage industry include ROPP caps, snap caps, spindle cappers, and chuck cappers.

The next step after capping is labeling. Many beverages that have wrap labels use automatic labeling machinery that is sensitive to the pressure. The type of the labeling done depends greatly on the kind of bottle being used and how the bottler wishes to label it. These machines also have a coding function to print out the batch number, expiry date, and other important information. Once the labeling is done the bottle is ready to be taken to the shelf and exposed to the customer.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned information helps us to learn about the important types and kinds of equipment that are required if you are an already established brand in the beverage industry. However, if you are a new entrant, buying the equipment may not be a good idea It is better and advisable to outsource the equipment because as mentioned above, the equipment is extremely costly and you can save this money for doing other important thing such as improving your product, doing market research, and learning about competitors. Outsourcing is cheaper and does not compromise on the quality of the equipment provided. This will also reduce the hassle of buying trucks, machines, and other pieces of equipment as the outsourcing companies will provide you everything for a fee that is easy to manage and is hassle-free. For a new entrant, outsourcing reduces the risk and the capital that is required to enter into the business so even if you do not sell much your investment in the business is limited to a minimum quantity.

 

 

 

YoLong Industries – Best Brewery Equipment Manufacturers – Highlights of BrewCon19

The YoLong team is back from Melbourne, Australia, where we were proud to exhibit some of our equipment at BrewCon19, the 7th Australian Brewers Conference & Trade Expo, which is held every year by the Independent Brewers Association.

Only one word can describe the event experience – epic! Everything to do with the world of high quality beer, and the brewery equipment that produces it, was on show at the Melbourne Convention Centre. From Tuesday September 3, and lasting four days until Friday, the conference presented the many visitors with the most outstanding beer-related products available on this side of the world!

YoLong 10bbl brewhouse on BrewCon 2019

YoLong have our own take on the exiting few days we spent in Melbourne. You can call it the YoLong Beer Diary, because the BrewCon19 event makes for interesting reading. If you attended the Independent Brewers Association Trade Expo 2019, please let us know in the Comments section what you thought of the exhibits on show.

YoLong Arrival in Melbourne

The YoLong team touched down at Melbourne airport on Monday September 2nd. There was no time to waste and after a quick trip to the hotel, we spent the rest of the day getting to know the beautiful city of Melbourne a bit better. It was very exciting being able to explore the streets where the annual Chinese New Year festival celebrations are held.

YoLong Equipment Arriving at BrewCon19 Melbourne Convention Centre

Our guide showed us around Queensbridge Square, South Wharf, and Docklands, before a quick look at Queen Victoria Market and finally, back to the hotel. That evening, the YoLong brewery equipment arrived at the Melbourne Convention Centre, and waited for the team’s arrival before it could be set it up at stands 40 to 42.

Setting Up the YoLong Fully Automatic 10bbl Brewhouse at BrewCon19

The brewery equipment YoLong Industries manufacture is fully functional and ready to begin use when it leaves our factory floor. Because the equipment arrives already assembled, it was simply a matter of safely placing it at stands 40 – 42, and unwrapping the fully automatic 10bbl YoLong brewhouse before the visitors started arriving.

YoLong brewhouse set up

The YoLong team was very excited to be able to introduce the fully automatic 10bbl Brewhouse to a wider audience at Australia’s premier beer industry keystone event. Getting in touch with visitors and fellow beer equipment enthusiasts was one of the highlights of BrewCon19. YoLong brewery equipment is cutting edge technology linked to the highest quality production standards, and our stands were considered to be one of the most striking ones at the event.

Both commercial and independent beer producers attended the event to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of beer and brewery equipment innovations. YoLong wanted the impressive Brewhouse to be there to greet visitors when they made their way to our side of the convention centre. Many hours were spent placing the brewhouse in the right place and ensuring the Siemens touchscreen control cabinet was operational.

The advantages of having a fully automatic brewhouse is that the touchscreen is operational on both stations. There is also a racking arm that can be used in conjunction with the cellar control panel. The racking arm and sample valve, that YoLong produce, have been designed to control and eliminate beer contact with the threaded fittings. It ensures the path the beer takes, both in and out of the racking arm and valve, is smooth. This reduces the areas where dried yeast and beer can hide and possibly contaminate the beer itself.

The Fully Automatic 10bbl YoLong Brewhouse Ready to Greet Visitors to Our Stands

BrewCon19: What Visitors to the YoLong Stands Liked the Best

The event opened officially on Wednesday. Industry professionals and interested visitors from every corner of Australia made their way through the entrance to check out the latest developments and most recent launches in the production of beer and brewery equipment.

The YoLong stand had everyone stopping by to take a look at the massive, gleaming, and  functional fully automatic 10bbl brewhouse. Although this set up is suitable for the launch or expansion of an independent brewery, there were a few visitors who were interested in finding out more about the commercial brewery equipment that YoLong Industries designs, fabricates, transports, and installs all over the world.

Visitors Getting to Know the Fully Automatic 10bbl Brewhouse Better

No independent brewmaster sets out to establish a brand for it to stay small and relatively unknown. The YoLong team fielded many questions about the best way to expand a small brewery into a bigger enterprise. This works in two ways:

  • Expanding the floor space and brewing capacity of an already established brewery
  • Finding new premises to install bigger equipment

This does not necessarily mean that the brewmaster loses the beer brand’s uniqueness and freedom to experiment with new recipes and flavours; all an independent brewery expansion means is that the brewery is now capable of producing more beer for their happy customers to buy at other distribution points. These are the reasons why the question on how to expand a brewery was such a popular one to ask our expert team at the YoLong stand.

The stairs that offered our visitors a closer look at the internal workings of the YoLong brewhouse proved to be very interesting for many people. People were climbing up and down them all day. We feel confident in saying that climbing those stairs became a must-do activity at BrewCon19!

What Did the Exhibitors and Visitors Have to Say About the YoLong BrewCon19 Display?

YoLong consider our time at BrewCon19 very successful. Our team met many people and were able to assist with every beer-related inquiry. It was very kind of the visitors to the YoLong stand to say that the display was the best in the exhibition. When Ellerslie Hop Estate: hops, malt and brewing supplies representative, Greg came to chat with us, he was very kind to say he rated the YoLong display the most outstanding one on show that year.

If you were not able to make it to the event, let us tell you a bit more about the equipment the YoLong team transported to Melbourne.

YoLong Rake Arm for Mash Lauter Tun: What do the rake arms in the lauter tun do?

The finished mash is transferred from the mash tun into the circular lauter tun. It’s here that the viscosity of the wort is reduced when the mash is heated. Using a rake arm in the lauter tun prevents the grain from compacting and clogging the filter mesh with a stuck sparge.

Stuck sparge is a nightmare for all grain beers. It occurs when the filter mesh and grain bed at the bottom of the lauter tun become backed up and prevent the wort from flowing. YoLong lauter tuns have pressure sensors, usually one situated near the bottom of the bed and one situated higher up. The brewmaster, or the automated system in the brewhouse control system, can read the differences in the two pressures and use the rake arm at various speeds to prevent sticking.

Rake arms aren’t necessary in a homebrew set up. This is because it is the weight of the mash grain in the lauter tun that causes the sticking. Even on a small commercial or independent brewery set up, adjustable height rake arms are an essential item for maintaining the flow of the wort from the spent grains.

From top left clockwise: Rake arm for the mash in the lauter tun; top view of mash lauter tun; Siemens touchscreen; brewhouse control cabinet.

YoLong Kettle & Whirlpool Tank: How Does the Kettle and Whirlpool Tanks Work?

If you are curious to find out what whirlpooling your beer is all about, this is where you can learn more about the process. Whirlpooling is done in the kettle. It is a well-known method breweries use to separate the hop pellets and trub (hop debris) from the wort after it has been boiled. The wort is pumped into the kettle at a rapid velocity (about 15 feet/4.6 metres per second), and this causes the wort to spin around like a whirlpool.

The combination of kettle and whirlpool offer the same properties as a whirlpool on its own. However, the advantages of using the KWP combination system include significantly reduced oxygen uptake. This is because no wort transfer is necessary and it saves time by eliminating the need for separate whirlpool tanks.

From top left clockwise: top view of KWP; hop-adding vessel on top of KWP (it can reduce O2 intake); baffle inside KWP monitors temperatures, avoids overflow, increases evaporation value, and removes DMS (Dimethyl sulfide) as well as other volatile gasses; Blocker in KWP to ensure more wort.

What is the YoLong Fully Automated Brewhouse For?

Because the brewing of quality beer is half science and half artistry, the process can be a difficult one to automate. There are three critical points in the beer making progression on which automation focuses: Mash tun temperature quality and control, wort cooling, and the thermotic control of the fermentation process.

Many fledgling independent brewers believe that a fully automated brewhouse (and attached price tag) is cost-prohibitive and their budget can’t stretch to include high-end technology. The good news is a fully automated brewhouse is well within the reach of the ordinary microbrewery business plan.

Strike water station

Steam Valves

It’s Time to Pack the YoLong Brewhouse for Delivery

We enjoyed our time at BrewCon19 so much, is made us sad to pack up our display, but it had somewhere to be delivered. Adam Gaffney, one of the respected beer judges at the event, had ordered the YoLong brewhouse three months ago, and was kind enough to allow us to exhibit it at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Needless to say, we packed up everything very carefully and ensured all the equipment was safely transported to its new location.

YoLong Visit Brick Land Brewery

Brick Land Brewery offers a very exciting tour of its premises to those guests lucky enough to be invited to see it. The YoLong team were totally inspired to see some of the functions and production methods of such a prominent local brewery. When our group visited, we were given an exceedingly interesting and informative tour by our guide, Brewmaster John.

It was so thrilling to see the YoLong manufactured 440HL & 220HL BBTS working well on site in this brewery. Currently, Brick Lane have a 50HL automatic brewhouse and auto packing line for cans, bottles, and kegs. Brick Lane has risen to become very successful and well-known in Melbourne and beyond.

Brick Lane Brewery Tour

There are 6 x 200 HL fermenters in production at YoLong Industries currently, in anticipation of the Brick Land Brewery expansion in 2 years’ time. That’s something to look forward to in 2021!

YoLong Industries Says Goodbye to Melbourne for Now: See You Again Next Year!

After an enjoyable and productive week in Melbourne, Australia, the YoLong Brewery Equipment team said goodbye to Melbourne with a hearty meal at the Stomping Ground Brewery. What better way to wrap up a working week than good beer, good food, and fantastic people.

Thank you, to BrewCon19, their associated exhibitors, and all our friendly visitors.

How to Automate a Microbrewery

As we all know, brewing is a very interesting thing, but it is also a tedious labor process. Because of the limited manpower and a large number of parameters and ranges that need to be controlled, large breweries have chosen an automated design model.

Need to introduce automation technology for microbrewery? The answer is yes. Because of the reasonable introduction of automation, while ensuring the brewing pleasure of the brewer, it will liberate the brewers a lot of time and energy to learn and promote, is it better to study new tastes?

According to statistics, the equipment capacity of micro-brewery that has not been fully introduced into automation is generally 3HL-15HL, accounting for 83% of the total. Many owners think that automation will be a big investment.
In fact, the automation of micro-brewery is very different from that of large-scale breweries. It does not require a lot of investment, because only the necessary automated processes are designed automatically, not all. For example, the pump is automatically controlled to transfer the wort so that the brewer acts as a process control leader rather than a process executor. For the automation of brewhouse, it depends on PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and HMI (Human Machine Interface).

Focusing on the design and optimization of micro-brewery for 15 years, YoLong has communicated with thousands of brewers around the world, learning from each other, summarizing and designing control modes and methods suitable for micro-brewers, as follows. The models we generally choose are-

Model One

SIEMENS—PLC (SIMATIC S7-1200 or ET200SP ) + touch screen model (select Simatic Basic Panel or Simatic Comfort Panel based on customer requirements)

SIMATIC S7-1200

ET200SP

Model Two

ALLEN-BRADLEY —–PLC (ControlLogix Series) + touch screen, configure series and matching HMI based on control points and customer post-expansion requirements.

There are eight parts in the automation control.

1. Automatic control of water mixing station

The automatic control of the water mixing station is used to control the cold water and hot water mixing before mashing.

Timing, quantitative, and constant temperature control can be realized.

For example, we want to inject 550L of 65℃water into the mashing tun at 9:35 am on June 20, it can be realized by this control system.

The principle is to install the Burkert PID regulating valve on the hot water pipe, install the temperature sensor and E+H flow meter on the water mixing chamber outlet pipe. its actuator is a pneumatic butterfly valve.

The process flow chart of the automatic control of the water mixing station is shown on the right and the working principle shown in the picture below.

2. Automatic temperature control

Temperature automatic control is relatively easy to implement, the temperature is detected by the IFM temperature sensor, and the temperature signal is converted to 4~20mA analog signal sent to the PLC. When the PLC analyzes and reaches the set temperature, the switching signal of I/O is given to the relay of the actuator to control the switching of the actuator (valve or heating tube).

There are two kinds of temperature sensors commonly used at present,

  • One is with the transmitter, the role of the transmitter is to regulate the resistance change into current or voltage signal output to PLC, commonly used The signal is 0-10V, 0-20mA, 4-20mA)
  • The other is without transmitter, and the resistance value of the sensor with temperature Change and change, PLC collects resistance value, after conversion, correspondingly displays different temperature values

2.1 Temperature control in the brewhouse

Most brewers want to achieve segmented leaching brewing, but for small equipment, mashing and lauter are mostly integrated, and electric heating tubes cannot be installed due to the presence of rake knife. Therefore, if segmental brewing is achieved, steam heating is the most common method.

Our usual selection is temperature sensor combined with steam solenoid valve to achieve the purposes of control.
After the temperature sensor feeds back the signal to the PLC, then the PLC controls the opening and closing of the steam solenoid valve, directly realizes the control of the heating, thereby indirectly automatically controlling the temperature parameter.

The temperature sensor and steam solenoid valve are usually selected as follows

Temperature sensor

  • IFM_ TD2841 (with transmitter, output 4-20mA signal)
  • IFM_TM4361 (without transmitter)

Steam solenoid valve

  • Burkert_0355

For more information about Burkert, please click the link below

https://www.burkert.com.cn/cn/products/dian-ci-fa

The temperature control of boiling is relatively simple, and the boiling time can be set. Here we have configured anti-overflow protection for unsupervised (detailed in the sixth-security location).

The picture below shows the parameter display status of the brewing process control panel.

2.2Temperature control in the fermentation

Segmented fermentation can accommodate more types of beer. The brewer can set the length of each fermentation period and the corresponding temperature according to his own ideas.

The automatic control system can realize the precise control of the temperature of each stage. The principle of control is similar to brewing stage, and the temperature sensor is used to feedback the signal to the PLC, then the PLC will control the opening and closing of the ice water solenoid valve, so it can achieve the control of the temperature inside the fermenters.

After sealed fermenters, there is no need for the brewer to monitor the site because the temperature control is all done by the control system. At the same time, brewers have more time to study brewing processes and formulations.

The temperature sensor and ice water solenoid valve are usually selected as follows

Temperature sensor:

  • IFM-8004

Ice water solenoid valve:

  • Burkert-5281

For more information about Burkert, please click the link below

https://www.burkert.com.cn/cn/products/dian-ci-fa

The picture below shows the parameter display status of the segmented fermentation process control panel.

3. Material transfer

For microbrewery, the transfer of fluids allows one-button transfer without the need to manually open the valve, which also avoids the loss of beer caused by manually open operation errors.
This part is mainly controlled by the PLC that is compiled with the program to directly control the actuator to achieve the control action(starting butterfly valve)

For pneumatic butterfly valves, we generally choose the model:

  • LYSF–IDQX-7
  • Alfa-Laval-LKB ISO CL

The picture of the touch screen display panel is shown below-


The start butterfly valve can also be an emergency manual switch, and the touch screen has a second prompt to open the valve and a manual indication after manually opening the valve. The operation prompt is as shown below.

4. Level Control

The liquid level sensor is installed on the corresponding tank body to communicate with the PLC to realize liquid level self-control. The general device is on a hot water tank. (The amount of water in the mashing tun can be automatically controlled by the flow meter of the water mixing station.)

The functions that can be achieved are:

  • The liquid level is displayed (displayed on the HMI panel or mobile phone)
  • Liquid level automatic control: automatic water supply to the required volume of liquids to set the upper and lower water levels.
  • Anti-overflow (When the liquid level reaches the specified position, the actuator will be automatically controlled to close the inlet to prevent overflow.)
  • Anti-low level (prevent the pump from idling to protect the pump)

Liquid level sensor, radar type and pressure type. It is not recommended to use radar type liquid level sensor. It has great requirements on liquid state. After testing, generally, IFM pressure sensor is selected.

For the liquid level sensor, we generally choose the model:

The liquid level is displayed(in the tank)

  • 2270-P-1N-4 (+GF+)

Anti-overflow

  • LMT 105

Anti-low level

  • LMT 121

5. Time control

Another advantage of PLC is the precise control of time, which can be easily achieved by performing an operation at a certain time. For example, before brewing, store the water in the hot water tank at a set temperature and control the process of the staged fermentation.

6. Security protection

When we designing equipment and procedures, consideration should be given to the safety of the brewer, the safety of the equipment and the quality control of the beer.

What we often do is:

  1. The idling protection of the pump, realized by installing IFM flow monitor SI6800 through the pump inlet pipe.
  2. Boiled tun anti-overflow, realized by electronic liquid level sensor LMT121.
  3. Emergency stop, in the event of an emergency, or when the brewer thinks that it must stop as quickly as possible, a quick one-click stop is achieved through a very eye-catching button.

7. Monitoring

With the site manager installed on your phone, we can achieve no need for on-site monitoring during the fermentation process, but we can use the mobile phone to remotely monitor and understand the progress of fermentation in real-time.
In this case, the brewer’s time is greatly liberated. When you are out, you can open your mobile phone and check the real-time situation of your fermenters.

8. Historical data query

we can query past history for data saving and analysis.


Brewers can analyze previously brewed data, which is very helpful in improving brewing levels and beer flavor development.

History of Beer

Beer is something that has become a staple in many parts of the world.

A widely consumed beverage, it makes up an important sector of the world’s economy, along with other alcoholic beverages.

 

As much as the world loves beer, not many know about its history.

Many people are almost clueless about the history of this interesting drink, even if they happen to be big fans of it and chug it down every day.

When it comes to the actual history of beer, it certainly has an interesting history. And this is a story that goes back hundreds and possibly thousands of years old.

The Earliest Records

Coming to the actual story of beer, one could say that a rough understanding of alcohol is a good start.

Nobody knows the true origins of alcohol, but it is clear that someone a long time ago figured out that alcohol had ‘pleasurable’ characteristics. The earliest records go back to places like Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. This would take the date back as far away as 5000 BC.

Then again, the dating may go back much further than that. One of the earliest evidences of beer goes back to the residues of beer found in the Raqefet Cave in the Carmel Mountains in Haifa, Israel. It was here that archeologists found residues of beer that go back as far as 13,000 years.

Likewise, once can also find references to alcohol in the Bible, where it is praised for its ‘mirth’ giving properties.

It wasn’t long before people started to tinker with the basic ingredients and ended up with the many varieties of beer that can found today.

 

The Foundation of Modern Beer

Ancient history aside, the beer that we know of today, are largely derived from the recipes that were perfected in medieval Europe. A drink common in the middle ages, it was consumed widely by people throughout northern and eastern Europe.

While the recipe of beer widely varied, its foundation was largely the same in terms of its cereal base. Given that grapes were rather rare across Europe, using cereals like barley, oats or wheat was more of a necessity rather than choice.

It was soon discovered that the use of hops was a great way to preserve beer and enhance the flavor. One clear mention of this can be found in the writings of Carolingian Abbot Adalard of Corbie, in 822, who wrote about the use of hops in beer.

As the foundation of the beer recipe was standardized, people started to tinker with the flavorings, whether it is adding fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers and so on. Some of the recipes died out, while others became immensely popular.

 

The ‘Globalization’ of Beer

The rise of the industrial revolution led to widespread changes in the way beer was manufactured. Before this transformative era, beer and other alcoholic drinks were largely prepared at home or small businesses. The application of industrial principles made its production possible at a scale never before seen in history.

And with the industrial age began the era of colonization, where large parts of the world came under the direct or indirect influence of European countries. And with the colonial influence, came the colonist’s way of life, such as dressing, language, modern governance, food habits, social customs and even beer. Colonialism is what made beer a global drink, given how it allowed for this drink to spread far and wide.

It should however be added that beer and other alcoholic drinks were widely prepared throughout the world, and is not something ‘exclusive’ to Europeans; for example, Indians love a local brand of alcoholic drink called the ‘Tadi’. The same goes for other cultures as well. If anything, one could say that the recipe of local alcoholic drinks eventually ended up being adopted into the recipes of local beer varieties, making them something of a specialty unto itself.

In addition to this, the modern media has certainly played a major role in the growth of beer consumption. Whether in movies or lifestyle magazines, the taste of beer and other such drinks have been greatly hailed as something of a hallmark of fine living, prompting greater adoption of beer and other beverages.

 

 

Last but not the least, it should be added that there is a lot more to the history of beer, than what is mentioned above.

It would certainly take up an entire book, if one were to really look into the story of beer, and how it became what it is today.

But do look into this subject, for you will be surprised at what you come across in your quest for knowledge.

How To Load-Unload The Microbrewery Equipment And The Attentions

1. Why should the microbrewery equipment be packed, loaded, unloaded in the right way

With the development with the craft beer, more and more people are looking for the microbrewery equipment and build their own brewery. Most of them are brewers or beer lovers, and have enough knowledge on how to use their brewery equipment to brew the craft beers, but maybe they don’t know well on how to load, unload their microbrewery equipment in the right way, especially for the situation that they purchase their brewing tanks from the abroad. So some damages or scratches may happen in the loading or unloading process. Following we will talk about on how to load the brewery equipment in the containers and unload from them for the different situations, as well as some important attentions.

2. How to load the brewing equipment in the different shipping containers

(1) LCL ( Less Container Load )

 What is LCL
It refers to brewing equipment packed with small amount less than a full container. This kind of goods is usually taken by the carrier separately and centralized at the container freight station or inland station. Two or more tickets of goods are assembled into one container, and then the same goods are delivered separately at the container freight station or inland station at the destination.

 Advantage and Disadvantage
The advantage is that we could save much shipping fee in this way. The disadvantage is that the shipping time is unstable. If the shipping company does not receive enough cargo for one container or any package, the shipping time will be delayed. In addition, in order to avoid the damages or scratches of the tanks in the long shipping, the tanks need to be packed by the plywood, which will lead to the increase in costs.

 How to pack the brewing tanks
A thin film will be covered in the tank surface, the tanks could be supported by the U-steels with wheels at the bottom for moving conveniently, and then it will be loaded in the plywood case for the protection.

(2) 20GP ( 20 Feet General Purpose )

It is the general container for the shipping, internal dimensions is 5950 x 2340 x 2370 mm. The inner space is very small compared with the general 40 feet containers, so it is often used for the microbrewery upgrading or expanding.

For the small fermenter tanks or bright beer tanks, such as 500L or smaller sizes, theycould stand in the 20GP containers with the ropes and feet bolts fixed, so we could save much space in the containers, and also save the shipping fee for the customers.

For the larger fermenter tanks or bright beer tanks, such as 10hL or bigger sizes, they could lie down in the 20GP containers with the U-steel supported, it’s very conveniently to move the tanks because of the bottom wheels assembled in the support frames.

(3) 40GP ( 40 Feet General Purpose ) & 40HC ( 40 Feet High Cube )

They are the most general containers for the shipping of the brewing equipment, the internal dimensions of the 40GP is 11950 x 2340 x 2370 mm, 40HC container is 11950 x 2340 x 2680mm. The inner space is very big compared with the general 20 feet containers, so it can be not only used for the microbrewery upgrading or expanding, but also for the turn key brewery built projects. And also, the 40HC containers have a bigger internal space than the 40GP containers, but both have a very similar shipping cost, so the former (40HC) is more popular in the shipping of the microbrewery equipment.

(4) 40OT ( 40 Feet Open Top ) & 40FR ( 40 Feet Flat Rack )

They are the special containers for the shipping of the brewing equipment and their prices are more higher than the general containers. So they are not common in the shipping of the brewery equipment, only used for the very larger tanks or turn key brewery built projects.

The internal dimensions of the 40OT is 12034 x 2352 x 2330 mm. Open-top containers can hold the brewing tanks whose height exceeds the maximum of containers, so theheight of open-top containers after loading is naturally higher than that of ordinary containers. Generally, some larger tanks can be loaded into the open-top containers. In fact, the open-top container is not larger than the general container, but higher than the general container. Its length and width are the same as the general containers, but the top can be opened.

The internal dimensions of the 40FR is 11784 x 2030 x 1943 mm. This container has no roof, no side plates around it, only front and rear plates, corner columns and front and rear roof beams. At the same time, the front and rear plates can be folded. After folding, they are integrated with the floor and look like a flat plate. In addition, the container floor is very thick, and the overall weight is heavier than ordinary containers, mainly used for loading very large tanks.

(5) 45HC ( 45 Feet High Cube )

It is the special containers for the shipping of the brewing equipment, the price is higher 30% than the general 40 feet containers. The internal dimensions of the 45HC is 13716 x 2438 x 2890 mm, it is longer than the 40 feet containers and could contain the taller tanks.

3. How would customers unload and reassemble the brewery equipment when the arrival

It’s always a exciting thing when the customers receive their brewery tanks, the first thing should do is to check if all the brewing tanks in good condition without any damages or scratches, and then unload the brewery equipment from the containers and move them to the brewing site.

 For the small brewery upgrading and expending projects

General speaking, there are only few small fermenters or bright beer tanks needed for the small brewery upgrading or expending projects. What should we do is to loosen the ropes and feet bolts that fixing the tanks, and then transfer the tanks from the containers to the brewing site by the forklift truck, it’s a very easy work!

 For the small turn-key brewery built projects

Regarding the small turn key projects, such as 10hL or smaller size brewing system, the brewhouse could be loaded in the general 40HC containers, so the customers could unload them from the containers directly without any adjustment or assembly before the using.

 For the large turn-key brewery built projects

Regarding the large turn key projects, such as 15hL or bigger size brewing system, the brewhouse could not be loaded in the general 40HC containers directly, the brewhouse system has to be disassembled and packed separately before the shipping, so the customers have to reassemble the brewhouse system when they receive the tanks. This is really a difficult work.

 For the very large tanks contained by the special containers

For the large tanks shipped by the special containers, such as 40OT or 40FR containers, the crane machine will play an important role for the unloading tanks, it will handle the brewing equipment from the top of the containers by the ropes, and then deliver it by the the trucks.

4. Summary

Admittedly, the manufacture process of the brewing equipment is very important for the quality, but the loading, shipping and unloading also play the important roles in the whole turn-key projects process. How to avoid the damages or scratches of the brewing equipment in the handing process is the theme of this article. What we said above are some common attentions in the loading & unloading process of the microbrewery equipment. Hope this could help you a lot if you are a beer lover and are looking to purchase the brewery equipment from the abroad!

 

Maintenance Methods for Beer Production Equipment and Accessories

To run just about anything in life, is to put in the time and effort needed.

This holds true for everything ranging from things in your personal life, to those related to your profession and career.

All of this is required, as just about everything you do in life, requires active maintenance, to be in top condition and run smoothly.

 

And this holds true for individuals as well as other entities.

When it comes to industries, this is very much applicable, wherein there is a constant need to take care of the equipment, facility and other aspects of the business process.

In the case of the beer industry, it is pretty much the same case. With a host of different machinery, pipes, containers and dispensers around, along with other paraphernalia that keeps everything together, it is clear that maintenance is something that one cannot ignore, if they are to be running at peak capacity.

 

 

Given in the steps below are some of the most important maintenance methods for beer production equipment and accessories.

 

  1. Routine Inspections

This is by far the most important steps that are to be taken up, if the beer making equipment is to be in top order.

That the equipment breaks down, at least in the long run is a given. It is not something that can be contested. At the same time however, it is also not something that can be ascertained with any degree of certainty.

It is here that the routine inspections come into existence. Having someone or a group of individuals take up routine inspection of the way things are running in the facility is a great way to identify problems before the happen, and apply the necessary measures before it is too late.

It is usually done every couple of weeks, with the actual maintenance process being something done at similar intervals. Depending on the intensity of equipment use, inspection frequencies may also vary.

 

  1. Outsourcing the Work

If there is one trend that has emerged in the world of modern business, it is that of outsourcing.

Simply put, outsourcing helps a company to shift a part of its work load to another company, in an effort to focus on its core product or service, while the other company takes care of the less important work.

The tasks that are related to maintaining the equipment, as well as its inspection, can be outsourced to a third party. Also to note here, is that the third party can be the manufacturer of the equipment, or someone authorized by it.

 

  1. Setting up a Fund for Repairs & Maintenance

Spend some time to check up on the balance sheets of any company.

You will notice that there is a specific section in it called repairs and maintenance, or something like it. There is a reason why this section exists.

It is there to ensure that there is a certain amount of funds available, in the case where there is any sudden breakdown of machinery or other such emergency.

And if something like that were to take place, things can be brought back to normal before something negative happens to the company.

 

  1. Sterilizing the Equipment

This is by far one of the most important steps of hygiene when it comes to maintaining beer equipment.

It is important that the beer equipment be properly sterilized, at regular intervals, so as to ensure the right production environment for manufacturing beer.

There are several things that should be sterilized here, including the fermentation tank, connecting pipes, hoses, and taps and so on. And these have to be done in a way that leaves them sterilized, without in any way contaminating the next batch with cleaning solvents and what not used during the sterilization process.

While there is no specific chemical or technique used by brewery, one of the most common ways of cleaning equipment is using bleach. The bleach, when dissolved in cold water, helps to eliminate any and all organic deposits as well as other residue that may exist in the mixture. In addition to this, there are several other chemicals, many of which are patented, which can be used as well.

Regardless of the chemical being used, it is important to ensure that the chemicals are thoroughly washed away with water, before the next beer batch is prepared. As much as these chemicals may be of use, they are also dangerous when ingested.

 

  1. Using Plain Hot Water

Another way of cleaning up the equipment is plain old hot water.

As rudimentary and primitive as it may sound, hot water is a great way to kill just about anything that may be living on the surface of the equipment.

If one is reluctant to use hot water, one could use other sources of heat, such as steam, autoclaves or any other such machinery.

  1. Application of Vinegars

There are a host of different chemicals that are currently used for cleaning beer making equipment.

One of the more traditional ones used for cleaning, is somewhat like the one mentioned in the previous point; vinegar.

Vinegars come in a variety of different preparation styles, all of which are made up of acetic acid. It is a great way for one to strip equipment of any deposits that may have accumulated over the years.

If one is interested in using vinegars to clean the surface, it should be noted that the affected layer will have to be soaked in vinegar for a certain period of time, usually a couple of hours, to effectively strip away accumulated deposits.

 

  1. Scrubbing a Humble Brush

This is a great way to get rid of any accumulated mineral or organic deposits, particularly one that is resistant to other materials.

Rubbing with a hard brush can usually eliminate even the toughest of deposits on beer equipment.

 

  1. Maintain a Clean Work Environment

Last but not the least, it is important to ensure that a clean workplace environment is maintained at all times.

This is because quite often, the maintenance issues have more to do with the place where the equipment is housed, rather than the equipment itself.

For example, a good proportion of the dust in machinery comes from the factory, rather than the machinery itself. Likewise, there is a possibility that the equipment may be damaged by rats living in the facility, which tend to be attracted to the ingredients stored in the factory.

In simple words, maintaining a clean working environment helps to ensure that the equipment can avoid much of the issues that it would have otherwise encountered.

 

 

In all, these steps and others like it are a great way to ensure that the machinery used by the business, will help out immensely when it comes to maintaining the equipment in working condition.

It may seem like a hassle to go about doing it all, but this is what is required if one has to keep the business running at a capacity of optimum productivity and profitability.