industrial beer brewing equipment

Industrial Beer Brewing Equipment

Industrial beer brewing equipment refers to the large-scale systems and machinery used to produce beer in commercial breweries. This equipment allows breweries to increase production volume and automate processes.

Brewing Equipment Guide

The main types of industrial brewing equipment include:

Equipment TypeDescription
Mash FiltersExtract sugars from mashed grains
Brew KettlesBoil mash with hops and other ingredients
Fermentation TanksAllow fermentation of sugary liquid into alcohol
Bright Beer TanksFilter, carbonate and store finished beer
Keg FillersFill kegs with finished beer
Control SystemsAutomate monitoring and control of process
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Industrial Beer Brewing Process

The typical industrial beer production process using this equipment is:

  1. Milling – The malted barley is ground into grist using a mill.
  2. Mashing – The grist is mixed with hot water in a mash filter to extract fermentable sugars.
  3. Lautering – The sweet liquid wort is separated from the grains.
  4. Boiling – The wort is boiled with hops in the brew kettle.
  5. Cooling – The hopped wort is rapidly cooled.
  6. Fermenting – Yeast is added to fermentation tanks allow conversion of sugars into alcohol.
  7. Conditioning – The green beer is carbonated and cleared of particles.
  8. Packaging – Finished beer is put into kegs, bottles or cans.

Equipment Capacity, Design and Customization

Industrial breweries use customized equipment sized for their desired capacity:

ParameterTypical Range
Annual beer production capacity1,000 – 10+ million barrels
Mash filter capacity500 – 10,000 kg/batch
Brew kettle size500 to 5,000 barrel batches
Fermentation tank size100 to 3,000 barrels each
Bright beer tank size500 to 5,000 barrels each

The equipment layout and workflow design is customized for each brewery. Factors like number of beer types, package types, future expansion, production flow and building constraints are considered.

Suppliers and Price Considerations

There are a number of industrial brewing equipment manufacturers worldwide. Pricing varies based on specifications:

SupplierPrice Range
JVNW$100K – $5 million
Premier Stainless Systems$50K – $1 million
Rolec Prozess$80K – $6 million
Pentair$30K – $2 million

Installation, Operation and Maintenance

Proper installation, operation and maintenance procedures must be followed:

InstallationPerformed by equipment manufacturer representatives onsite
OperationFollow standard operating procedures for each equipment type
MaintenanceDaily/weekly preventative maintenance critical along with periodic servicing

How to Select an Equipment Supplier

Consider these factors when selecting a supplier:

Reputation and ExperienceProven track record with breweries similar to yours
Quality and ComplianceMeets all design, material and safety standards
Customization CapabilitiesCan customize equipment to your specifications
Lead TimesAbility to deliver equipment on schedule
Service and SupportProvides installation support, training and maintenance
Price and Total CostCompetitive pricing and lifecycle cost analysis

Comparison of Benefits and Limitations

Industrial brewing equipment enables large-scale production but has some downsides:


  • Higher automation reduces labor
  • Increased batch sizes and efficiency
  • Continuous operation with less downtime
  • Tighter process control and repeatability


  • Very high capital expenditure
  • Complex systems require skilled technicians
  • Difficult to quickly tweak recipes or create experimental small batches
  • Lower flexibility compared to small breweries
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Q: What is the payback period for investing in an industrial brewing system?

A: The payback period can vary greatly but is often 3-7 years. Factors like production scale, pricing, efficiency gains, labor savings, and financing terms impact ROI.

Q: Can the equipment handle brewing mainstream lagers as well as more specialized beers?

A: Yes, an advantage of industrial systems is they can brew a wide range of beer recipes and types by adjusting parameters like ingredient amounts and temperatures.

Q: How often is new brewing equipment released?

A: While innovations emerge gradually, full industrial systems have long lifecycles. With proper maintenance, equipment can operate reliably for 15-30+ years before major upgrades are needed.

Q: Should I work directly with a manufacturer or go through an engineering firm?

A: Working with a qualified engineering firm experienced in brewery design can simplify project management. But some brewers prefer having a direct relationship with equipment makers instead.

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