What is Nano brewery equipment?

If you are new to brewing your own beer, you might not have heard about Nano brewery equipment before.

And that’s where YoLong Brewtech can help you out!

Carry on reading to learn everything there is to know about nanobrewery equipment.

The nano brewery is actually a fairly new construct. This is because nano brewing has really taken off in the last few years with more people choosing to expand their home brewing production, with some even wanting to begin experimenting with their own beer recipes on a larger scale.

Nano brewing is when the brewmaster needs a small-scale brewery with a shorter brew length time between mixing the ingredients all the way through to producing the finished beer product.

Not only is using nano brewery equipment the best way to test out a new beer recipe, but nano brewery systems are the perfect method for anyone wanting to segue from homebrewing to craft beer brewing with zero to minimal expansion pains along the way.

Craft beer breweries and start-up breweries use YoLong Brewtech small brewery equipment to produce custom beer batches on a more minimal scale. Not only is this the most cost effective way of experimenting with the production of a limited or new beer recipe, but the smaller output a nano brewery offers makes it the perfect mini brewery for anyone thinking about branching out to larger scale beer production.

Many nano brewery equipment uses have gone on to become extremely successful with their award winning beer recipes.

What is a nano brewery?

Beer brewery lingo can get confusing, especially when it comes to BbL annual output, so we’ll simplify it for you:

A nano brewery is generally defined as a brewery or brewpub system producing less than 15,000 Bbl per annum. However, this definition is mutable depending on where you live.

The standard way of describing a nano brewery is the one we use: a brewery setup that produces 3 Bbl (barrels) of beer – or less – per batch.

What is the difference between a microbrewery, a nano brewery, and a pilot brewery?

  • A microbrewery is a brewery that produces less than the standard 15,000 Bbls of beer every year, with around 75 percent of beer produced being sold off-site of the brewery.
  • A nanobrewery is smaller than a microbrewery, with a volume cap at 3 Bbls per batch (and a shorter brewing time).
  • A pilot brewery usually has a production of 2,500 Bbl or less every year. Brewmasters and beer making enthusiasts use pilot breweries for two reasons: recipe experimentation and test batches. If a beer recipe or experiment tests well with tasters, it moves on to bigger production.

Nano breweries sit somewhere between a dedicated homebrew setup and a professional small-batch commercial brewery, testing the waters of branding and marketing before full-scale production begins.

Nano brewing is an extremely cost effective way of doing smaller scale beer production before committing to buying commercial brewing equipment.

Fun fact: Nano breweries are such a popular way of segueing into the craft beer production market that breweries with this capacity finally got their own name: New wave Nanos.

YoLong Nano Brewery Equipment is designed as 1hL and 2hL per brew. Skid Brewhouse and Skid cellar tanks. It allows professional brewmasters or homebrewers to brew small-batch beer.

YoLong Nano Brewery Equipment is available for sale worldwide.

Our Nano brewing systems can be applied to nano-brewery, small brewpubs or restaurants, large brewery test brewing, or custom recipe experimentation. Nano brewery is the go-to choice of anyone interested in beer brewing on a budget; think of a nanobrewery as limited budget-friendly.

Take it from us: it’s always better to have lower costs at the start-up stage of small scale beer production.

Can a Nano Brewery Make Money?


The craft beer industry has witnessed significant growth in recent years, with nano breweries emerging as a popular choice for entrepreneurs who are passionate about brewing. If you are considering starting a nano brewery, you might be wondering if it can generate profits. In this article, Yolong offers a detailed analysis of the profitability of nano breweries and highlights some of our products designed specifically for small-scale brewing operations.

Profitability Factors for Nano Breweries

Several factors determine the profitability of a nano brewery. Let’s explore these key factors:

  1. Market demand: To make money, a nano brewery needs to cater to local demand for craft beer. Research the preferences of your target audience, and focus on creating unique, high-quality beers that stand out in the market.
  2. Cost control: Nano breweries typically have lower overhead costs than larger breweries. However, careful planning and management of expenses, such as rent, utilities, ingredients, and labor, are crucial for profitability.
  3. Efficient production: Optimize your brewing process to minimize waste and maximize output. This includes choosing the right commercial brewing equipment to suit your nano brewery’s specific needs.
  4. Pricing strategy: Determine the optimal price for your beer, considering factors such as production costs, target profit margins, and competitor pricing.
  5. Sales and distribution: Establish a strong sales strategy, leveraging taprooms, local bars, restaurants, and retail distribution channels to maximize revenue.
  6. Marketing and branding: Develop a compelling brand identity, and invest in marketing efforts to create awareness and attract customers.


A nano brewery can indeed be profitable, provided you carefully consider factors such as market demand, cost control, production efficiency, pricing strategy, sales and distribution, and marketing. With Yolong’s tailored solutions for nano breweries, you can optimize your brewing process and set your business on the path to success. For more information or assistance, please feel free to contact our team of brewing experts at Yolong.

How to Start a nano brewery?


Starting a nanobrewery can be an exciting venture for beer enthusiasts who want to turn their passion into a thriving business. In this article, Yolong offers a step-by-step guide to help you establish a successful nanobrewery, along with our product recommendations tailored to small-scale brewing operations.

Steps to Start a Nanobrewery

  1. Research and planning: Begin by conducting thorough market research to understand your target audience, local competition, and the types of beer that resonate with consumers. Develop a comprehensive business plan outlining your goals, strategies, and financial projections.
  2. Legal requirements: Familiarize yourself with federal, state, and local regulations governing brewery operations. Obtain necessary permits, such as a brewing license, business license, and health department permits.
  3. Location: Find a suitable location for your nanobrewery, considering factors such as space requirements, access to utilities, and proximity to your target market.
  4. Funding: Determine your startup and operational costs, and secure financing through personal savings, loans, investors, or crowdfunding platforms.
  5. Brewing equipment: Select the right commercial brewing equipment for your nanobrewery. Yolong offers customizable brewhouse systems, fermentation tanks, glycol chilling systems, CIP (Clean-in-Place) systems, and kegging and bottling equipment designed specifically for small-scale operations.
  6. Recipe development: Experimentwith various beer recipes and techniques to create unique, high-quality brews that cater to the preferences of your target audience. Refine your recipes through testing and feedback until you achieve the desired taste and quality.
  1. Branding and marketing: Develop a strong brand identity that reflects your brewery’s values and vision. Invest in marketing efforts to create awareness, build a loyal customer base, and drive sales. Consider leveraging social media, local events, and collaborations with other businesses to promote your nanobrewery.
  2. Sales and distribution: Establish a sales strategy that maximizes revenue through various channels, such as your taproom, local bars, restaurants, and retail distribution. Explore options for self-distribution or partnering with a distributor to expand your reach.
  3. Staffing: Hire and train a team of dedicated employees who share your passion for brewing and are committed to providing excellent customer service.
  4. Launch: Organize a launch event to celebrate the opening of your nanobrewery and generate buzz in your local community. Continue refining your recipes, engaging with customers, and exploring new opportunities for growth.

Yolong’s Solutions for Starting a Nanobrewery

At Yolong, we understand the unique challenges of starting a nanobrewery and are committed to providing tailored solutions to help you succeed. Our range of products and services designed for small-scale brewing operations includes:

  1. Customizable brewhouse systems: Our small-scale brewhouse systems, available in 2-vessel, 3-vessel, and 4-vessel configurations, are designed to optimize the brewing process and maximize efficiency for nanobreweries. We work closely with you to create a system tailored to your specific needs and preferences.
  1. Compact fermentation tanks: Yolong offers a variety of fermentation tanks specifically designed for small-scale operations, ensuring precise temperature control and consistent product quality. Our tanks are made from high-quality stainless steel and can be customized to fit your space requirements.
  2. Glycol chilling systems: Our energy-efficient glycol chilling systems are essential for maintaining optimal fermentation temperatures, resulting in high-quality beer with reduced energy costs. Yolong provides scalable solutions to accommodate the cooling needs of your nanobrewery.
  3. CIP (Clean-in-Place) systems: Our user-friendly CIP systems help maintain a sanitary brewing environment, ensuring product safety and consistency. Yolong’s CIP systems are designed to be efficient and easy to use, minimizing downtime and labor costs.
  4. Kegging and bottling equipment: Yolong provides a range of kegging and bottling solutions suitable for nanobreweries, streamlining packaging and distribution processes. Our equipment is designed to be easy to operate, ensuring that your beer is packaged quickly and safely.
  5. Installation and training: Our team of experts provides on-site installation and training to ensure that your brewing equipment is set up correctly and your staff is well-equipped to operate and maintain it. We work closely with you to develop customized training programs tailored to your specific needs and brewing processes.

Nanobrewery cost

If you are working on a budget, it’s always best to contact one of our YoLong dedicated team members to help you with your nano brewery cost requirements.

What should I include in my Nano brewery equipment list?

This is a question we hear a lot at YoLong Brewtech and it’s a good one to ask at the start of any nano brewery equipment investment.

Before we start to build the brewery, we need to know what kind of nano brewery equipment is most suitable. This will help us decide if your choice of brewery setup is the best one for your available floor space, budget, environment, and output expectations.

Once we have the basic information down, we can devise a plan that will match your availability, technical know-how, and long term cost expectations.

At YoLong, we understand that not everyone interested in buying nano brewery equipment has the time to watch every step of their beer recipe production or the engineering skills to install their brewery without an easy-to-understand instruction manual.

The perfect nano brewery equipment list should contain the following items:

Malt Milling Unit

  • Particle adjustable rolling crusher
  • Flexible or steel auger to directly lift the milled grain to mash tun

Brewhouse Unit

  • Mash/Lauter tun, Boiling/Whirlpool tun 2 vessel combination
  • Hot water tank and cold water tank for optional in special combinations
  • Infusion or decoction brewing methods are designed exactly
  • Stainless steel is popular because of easy maintenance and clean, copper cladding for optional
  • Two stages or a single-stage heat exchanger for wort cooling
  • Completely stainless-steel integrated work platform
  • Sanitary and efficient wort pump
  • All pipings and fittings
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Brewing tank

Fermentation Tank Unit

  • Standard stainless steel conical cylindrical fermentation tanks
  • Single size or double size as brewhouse is commonly used in microbreweries
  • Tanks quantity is exactly calculated by fermentation cycle for various beers
  • All manhole, valves, pressure gauges, fittings, etc. are included

Brite Beer Tank Unit

  • Standard stainless steel conical cylindrical BBT tanks
  • Single size or double size as brewhouse is commonly used in microbreweries
  • Tanks quantity is exactly calculated by fermentation cycle for various beers
  • All manhole, valves, pressure gauges, fittings, etc. are included

Cooling Unit

  • Insulated glycol water tank with or without copper coil for glycol liquid holding and mixing
  • Efficiency chillers or refrigerators with freon to supply cooling energy
  • Sanitary centrifugal pump for glycol water recycle among tanks and heat exchanger
  • All pipes, fitting, insulation materials are included

Controlling Unit

  • Electrical controlling cabinet with temperature, on-off controlling for brewhouse
  • Electrical controlling cabinet with temperature, on-off controlling for cooling parts
  • Temperature controller, thermocouple, solenoid valves, etc. are included

How much does nano brewery equipment cost?

Asking how much does Nano brewery equipment cost is a very important first question for any brewer interested in building their own brewery.

If you don’t ask yourself this question, you might rapidly get into nano brewery startup trouble!

Another frequently asked question we hear at YoLong is: Where can I find brewing equipment for sale near me?

The second question is the easiest to answer: YoLong Brewtech ships our brewery equipment to most countries in the world, and if this process is too slow for your needs or you want closer access to a YoLong brewery equipment dealership, please contact us for the closest YoLong agent near you.

All you need to do is contact us, and we can help you to arrange your nanobrewery equipment order to your complete satisfaction.

Now on to that first all-important question: how much will my nanobrewery equipment order cost?

The equipment cost of setting up a nano brewery is significantly lower than that of a microbrewery because of the lower output volume. Our new 5bbl brewing equipment system with cutting edge brew technology costs between 50k USD to 100k USD. (Please contact us if you would like a quote in your own country’s currency).

Nano brewery equipment will not be the biggest part of total costs. Sometimes equipment only consumes one third of the total budget. The following is a breakdown of some start-up costs, which does not include the cost of brewing equipment.

  • Brewery site costs – If you do not have a designated site for the brewery, whether it is leased or purchased, you will need to pay for the property where the site is to be installed.
  • Permits and licensing Fees vary by state, and by type and size of the brewery.
  • Renovation costs – If your nanobrewery is not going to be on show to the public, you will save on material costs and installation costs. When the equipment is not going to be used for brewpub purposes (on display to the public), then you will save on costs. The site and flooring can be more rudimentary when the focus is not on aesthetics.
  • Furniture / other equipment – Depending on how large the new site is set out to be and what aesthetic you are hoping to accomplish.

Do you have a nano brewery question you would like to ask the YoLong team?


How to choose the best nano brewery equipment manufacturer?

YoLong Brewtech is one of the best brewery equipment manufacturers in China. This is why we are the brewery equipment manufacturer of choice for craft beer brewmasters all over the world.

We can provide you with customized turnkey solutions for all your brewery equipment needs.

One of the most popular services YoLong Brewtech offers our customers: we provide you with equipment-related testing information.

If you plan on placing a brewery equipment order with YoLong, please feel free to contact our technical project engineer. The only thing you need to tell us is the daily output or capacity you want, and our engineers will get in touch with you within 24 hours. Also, if you are a novice brewer or startup, YoLong can provide you with professional brewing information and advice services.

Here is the YoLong advantage we offer compared to other suppliers.

  • YoLong has a professional engineering team that will customize your order. Our chief engineer has 30 years experience on brewery and beverage projects, which means we have the ability to craft the ultimate turn-key solution for all your brewery needs.
  • The YoLong team includes 60 highly-skilled dedicated welders, metal workers and polishers; we work on the details that most other world-famous companies neglect to add in this price range.
  • YoLong has a very strict order management process which guarantees that your order will be finished on schedule – no exceptions. We have two workshops for brewery projects (about 6000 square meters of floor space dedicated to layout, seamless equipment integration, and installation feasibility).
  • YoLong considers production quality the lifeblood of our company. We always provide the same high-quality production for all our customers, which is why our craft beer brewer customers always return when they have another brewery equipment project requirement.
  • Competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and project deadlines met are the extra advantages we offer you at YoLong.
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Is there YoLong Nano brewery equipment for sale near me?

YoLong nano brewery equipment continues to be sold and shipped to many countries as we always provide our customers with superb brewery equipment at competitive prices.

There are many ways you can get in contact with us, so feel free to do so at any time.

If you are interested in purchasing nano brewery equipment from YoLong, please contact us via the channel you are most comfortable with.

  • Send an inquiry to YoLong directly. You can communicate directly with our project team. They have wide experience and brewing equipment knowledge. If you choose this method of communication, there is no third party. It’s just between you, the client, and YoLong. This is the best way to keep costs lower and yourself in control.
  • YoLong has many cooperative sales partners all over the world. They have expert know-how when it comes to buying and installing a new nanobrewery. If this is your first nano brewery project, we highly recommend you purchase your YoLong nano brewery equipment from one of our sales agent names below. You will have access to their guidance and assistance as they will be available to answer all your questions.

Our trusted YoLong Brewtech representatives and sales partners can offer you the following services:

  • Efficient communication in your language of choice
  • Guaranteed customer service and trusted expertise
  • The provision of reliable and cost effective installation services
  • Easy access to after-sales services

Over the years, YoLong has sold many brewery installation and equipment solutions around the world. This is because our valued customers can visit our website at any time when they need to know more about the equipment and manufacturing process. It is this transparency that has made YoLong the brewery equipment manufacturer of choice for brewmasters all over the world.

If you would like to contact some of our customers to ask for a reference, please let us know. We are proud of our work, our reputation, and how many of our customers are happy to recommend us.


Why Choose YoLong?

Our Priority Guarantee When You Choice YoLong Brewhouse Equipment

  • Your facility premises are utilized to their fullest capacity, with precedence given to safety and stability.

  • Your brewhouse is ready on time and can begin function immediately.

  • Your brewing production or expansion needs are fully met.

  • Your budget is respected and you are completely satisfied with the quote you receive.

  • You are guaranteed the highest quality of international standard equipment.


  • PED, AS1210 pressure vessels
  • UL/CUL/CE electrical cabinet control
  • Brewing system manuals

Custom Design

  • Site-size & budget-friendly custom designed equipment
  • Wide range of capacity & automation levels
  • All customer inquiries welcome

Product Testing & Manufacturing

  • Surface polishing & Pressure testing
  • Welding inspection
  • Production management

YoLong Quality Assurance

  • Highest international standard brewery equipment
  • Excellent detailing & finish
  • World renowned accessories and electronics

Delivery Time Assurance

  • Equipment delivered & installed on time
  • Regular progress updates with etailed product images
  • Informative project scheduling & reports

Within YoLong Warranty

  • Tank replacement
  • Personal customer service
  • Help whenever you need it & free training

Why Trust YoLong?

Reviews of our customers

“We use YoLong brewhouse (20HL, fully automated), their water station, CIP and all FV’s.”

I had my doubts ordering basically a whole brewery overseas, and was super worried what we were going to get when 5 trucks arrived from the port.

Equipment we got is of superb quality, perfect welds, well polished, packaged and you could see it was taken care of really good. It runs great, in 1 year we had zero (0) problems, except 2 leaks of seals on pumps, but that is normal. Guys at YoLong are also super responsive, we were able to solve everything via Skype. The guys in YoLong is super friendly and had great knowledge of the brewing process and equipment overall. And they’re also super responsive, even during their nighttime if there’s a case of emergency.”

Overall I would recommend YoLong without a second of hesitation.

“We wanted to invest in most quality equipment our budget permitted. Most European manufactures were far beyond our budget, and we had heard horror stories about Chinese manufactures. We were lucky to get a reference for YoLong and contact them, requesting a proposal. After their initial tender, we had a lot of correspondence to customize our equipment in our needs. Communication was easy, and that is rare when dealing with Chinese manufacturers. They were able to provide easy and affordable solutions to our demands. They also refuse to use cheap and unreliable components. We were able to design a robust 4-vessel 20hL brewhouse, capable of producing beers with plato over 25. Although YoLong is not the cheapest, they are a manufacturer that can guarantee reliability and lifetime service.”

“I highly recommend this company as I found them and there team to be very professional to work with and there workmanship to be first class.
I would defiantly buy from them in the future and recommend to anyone that is serious about high quality equipment purchasing.”

“After a year of research, Yolong Brewtech was suggested to us, the service was professional, reliable and comprehensive, the manufacturing quality impeccable. We had found our manufacturer. We will continue to work with Yolong Brewtech for our future projects’”.

“Yolong has been superior, and world class in providing for our brewing industry stainless steel fabrication needs. Their communication, guidance, expertise and support has always been outstanding, and I am often surprised by their generosity and willingness to go above and beyond with creative solutions and after sales support. Working with Yolong feels like a collaborative partnership, and I absolutely recommend their high quality brewery manufactur, and will be using them again in future.”

“We had been planning to upgrade our brewhouse for several years and decided on a skid-mounted, two vessel 13HL system from YoLong. They have been great to work with and we are really excited to take delivery of the brewhouse and get brewing.”

“We ordered a couple of tanks and accessories from Yolong Brewtech were responsive and understood our needs well. Production was completed in a timely manner and quality was good. But most importantly, after sales service was good and they were able to troubleshoot and offer solutions to most problems that we encountered.”

“We are very happy with the professional help we got to customize our brew house. Quick answers and broad understanding of our needs.”

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