Home' Brewers Guardian Digital Magazine : September 2013 Contents GEA scales down for craft brewers (A4-314)
Right-sizing of production equipment by industrial scale suppliers for
smaller (read: craft) brewers will be an evident theme during drink-
tec. Entering the competition for the affections of short brew length
brewers is GEA Brewing Systems, which is unveiling a new Huppmann
brewhouse, Craft-Star. The skid mounted brewing system is a two-
vessel configuration, with a mash/lauter tun and a whirlpool/kettle,
is suitable for 25-40hl of hot wort and can be used for single-step
GEA also looks ready to take on Meura, speaking in broad terms
pre-drinktec about a future where continuous brewing is an attractive
alternative with 36 brews a day leading to 75% reductions in steam
and electricity demands. There’ll undoubtedly be more detail made
available during the show.
Aber launches yeast monitors (A3-123)
Aber Instruments is also ‘right sizing’ their offer for craft brewers.
The Perfect Pitch mobile skid combines an Aber Compact Adapt,
yeast monitor pipework and a mini-PLC to provide automatic pitch-
ing with a promised affordable price.
ThiNGS yOu muST SEE
there are roughly 1,400 exhibitors who will be clamouring for your time and attention when you walk through
the ticket barriers of Messe München. everyone has a story to tell, featuring the adjectives ‘new’ and ‘improved’:
in this regard drinktec stands the test of time. exhibitors very much want to have something that impresses front
and centre on their stands every fourth year. so here’s a selection of coming attractions worthy of your time
and attention. And there are undoubtedly many more: while some suppliers wisely choose to spread the word in
advance of the doors opening, others prefer to keep their powder dry until the exhibition is underway.
Also being launched at drinktec is Aber Countstar, an automated
yeast counter dedicated to the brewing industry. It is an image
analysis instrument that provides the live and dead cell counts as
well as the size and degree of aggregation, and can use conven-
tional dyes such as Trypan Blue or Methylene Blue on a low cost
Alfa Laval addresses low-alcohol trend (A3-323)
In recognition of growing consumer interest in no- and low-alcohol
beers, Alfa Laval is launching what it describes as a completely
new cost and energy efficient de-alcoholisation concept. The Laval
De-alcoholisation Module combines processes for effective single-
pass stripping of alcohol from beer at low temperature and pressure.
The process offers a high degree of energy recovery, minimising
thermal energy and the risk of freezing the del-alcoholised beer.
And add to drinktec’s list of craft brewer-friendly solutions Alfa Laval’s
bottom feed BREW 250 separator, designed to clarify up to 250 hl/l
beer after fermentation and maturation as well as for beer polishing.
Union’s improved CO2 recovery system (A3-129)
Union Engineering is unveiling ECO2Brew, a CO2 plant that is 100%
water free thanks to a patented scrubbing system. It is said to offer a
20% reduction in electricity consumption, offers an increased recovery
rate as the new plant can recover gas from a significantly lower purity
level, and this from a more compact plant that requires less mainte-
nance due to fewer components and the compressors installed.
Meura in the stream of things (B2-526)
Taking advantage of drinktec’s ability to pull in an audience of brewers
from around the world is Meura, which is premiering a new concept,
Meurastream, an energy recovery system which looks to put to more
efficient use the increasing overproduction of hot water in many brew-
eries. Far too simply summarised, part of the energy derived from
wort cooling is used in the pre-heating of wort. Meura reports that
MeuraStream reduces by 52 per cent the thermal energy required
for a brewhouse without energy recovery and by 35 per cent a brew-
house which use conventional vapour condensation technology.
DuPont launches enzyme solution (B1-336)
At the end of the first day of drinktec DuPont is bringing forth
LAMINEX MaxFlow 4G, a branding perhaps more befitting a sports
car than an enzymatic solution. LAMINEX MaxFlow 4G is said to offer
consistent processing independent of raw material quality, optimise
mash separation, minimise filter bed collapse, create high through-
put at beer filtration, and ensure low beta-glucan levels in wort.
Hamilton introduces ‘Beverly’ (A4-442)
Spot the craft brewer trend (continued): Hamilton is launching its
first portable dissolved oxygen meter for small to mid-size brewer-
ies. Branded as ‘Beverly’, it is designed for fast and reliable at-line
and laboratory control. It is based on the robust optical in-line sensor
VisiFerm DO B, which provides all the advantages compared to clas-
sical Clark cells.
ACI offers smaller footprint drying (A5-362)
Air Control Industries brings to drinktec a smaller footprint drying unit
for cans and bottles that can be located in areas with limited space
for drying equipment. This compact version of its LNL drying system
–the aptly christened Mini LNL – measures 966 mm long x 1,011
mm width x 1,614 mm in height. It can house either ACI’s JetPlate
bottle drying plenums or Can Tunnel.
Weyermann innovates with Smartphones (B1-505)
Specialty malt market leader Weyermann, rich in tradition and
heritage yet one of the more progressive companies around when
it comes to use of social media, is launching an inventory manage-
ment system that incorporates malt analysis data into a QR code.
Customers scanning the code will have access to all pertinent batch
data from the grain’s passage through the Weyermann plant, includ-
ing the malting process, results of the physical-chemical malt analy-
sis, best before dates – and much more.
Micro Matic comes to the point (A1-514)
Innovation in dispense usually means new ways to gain point of sale
prominence but Micro Matic is thinking in terms of oft-battered kegs
destined for bar cellars. It is now producing colour-coded keg spears
which can be detected by cameras. This will allow brewers to bet-
ter plan preventative maintenance, increasing line efficiencies while
reducing trade complaints and costs.
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