Archive: Equipment

Software for Distilleries: What Spirit-Makers Need to Know

As a response to the craft beer boom and the sheer number of breweries operating across the country, there are currently more tech companies working with brewery software than distillery software. There are overlaps in the basic needs of these two industries, and an increasing number of software developers are working to accommodate distillery operations too. However, there are significant distinctions between breweries and distilleries in terms of software needs to keep track of things like proof gallons, angel’s share/evaporation, and barrel aging. This has led to the development of highly specific software that is designed with the unique needs of distillers in mind. Leading Distillery Software Companies One prominent leader in the distillery software industry is Whiskey Resources, which […]

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Buying vs. Leasing Depends on Business, Experts Say

Cash on the barrelhead is a must for Rusty Cox’s barrels, or whatever equipment he needs to run Davis Valley Distillery LLC in Rural Retreat, VA. “If you have money to buy, you don’t have to worry about lease payments; just go ahead and pay for the stuff and get it,” says Cox, who makes spirits, wine “or just about anything you need.” Cox is getting ready to buy a 300-gallon system from Paul Hall of Doniphan, MO-based Affordable Distillery Equipment LLC, which sells stills, fermenters, air compressors, pumps, tube kits and an array of other implements a distillery needs. There’s even a bit of bartering involved in some transactions with Hall, Cox says. “Paul sends people over here, and […]

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Birth of a Barrel

In the whiskey industry, increasingly in the beer industry, and most definitely in the wine industry, the barrel is front and center. From Bourbon to Scotch, sour beer to barrel aged stouts, Cabernet to Pinot Grigio, the barrel is a star. However, for as much as we know about what it can do, what do we know about its earliest days, the days it reaches the distilleries, breweries, and wineries that hold it so dear? The Oak, The Whole Oak and Nothing but the Oak The life of a barrel starts with choice of wood. Oak has been used to construct barrels for approximately 2000 years. Oak has the flexibility needed to bend staves into place, the longevity to last […]

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Smooth Operator– Pumps & Drives for the Brewery

Consistency is important to brewers. Customers expect each beer to be the same, so brewers need their last batch to taste exactly like the previous one. Machinery that works consistently and precisely is the key: pumps that control ingredient dosages and drives that allow automation of the bottling process. Choosing a pump and drive system is different for a start-up than for an established brewery. Start-ups have limited capital, so purchasing one versatile, cost-effective pump that can handle multiple functions reliably is the ideal. Established breweries are looking to minimize operating costs while increasing efficiency, and achieving both may require a drive to automate the bottling process as well. This article will provide an overview of the various pumps and […]

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Mobile Canning: What is It, and Why You Should be Using It

The craft beer boom has given way to many industrious ideas over the years, all that support both the brewing industry and the local economy of the communities where they reside. As small brewery numbers continue to increase and the demand for canned craft beer thrives, many of these breweries are wondering how to meet the customer demand without having to get a bigger space. Enter, mobile canning. Mobile canning came on the scene fast and solidified itself almost immediately. Catering to breweries of all sizes, there is now almost no where in the United States that isn’t covered by one mobile canning company or another. What is mobile canning? Well, it’s exactly what you think – mobile canning is […]

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Conveying the Future: What You Need to Know About Bottling Equipment

  The conveyor industry can be far from an easy thing to explain. Throughout the years many innovations have taken place and competition on growing markets has never been tougher. To many, the process is rather simple. The bottles are fit on to the conveyer belt where they are then filled, carbonated, capped, labeled and sent on to the packaging process. Each company has different designs and functions that are designed to compete with each other in a very competitive market. Each new company comes from a different background which adds an eclectic flair to their design and customer service. One of these companies, IC Filling Systems Srl is based out of Italy and the United Kingdom. Since 1994 this […]

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Recyclable Packaging

Producers within the craft beverage industry are faced with more choices than ever these days when it comes to packaging options. Many are turning to supplies, labels, and packaging sourced from recyclable materials in an effort to run a cleaner, greener business. On top of that, consumers are showing that environmentally friendly business practices are important to them as well. Some individuals have a clear preference as to which container they prefer their booze to be in. For example, cans have generally earned a poor reputation within the beer industry. However, while aluminum was once associated with only “cheap beer,” it has come a long way. Many producers—including longstanding successful breweries—are turning to aluminum cans as a way to cut […]

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Does the Country Need Another Micro-Brewer? It Couldn’t Hurt.

If you’ve got any interest at all in beer, you should know the book “American Breweries” by Dale P. Van Wieren. Referred to as the bible of brewery research by beerbooks.com, American Breweries claims to be a list of every brewery know to have existed in the United States. The book’s chronology of American brewing begins with the Virginia colonists’ home brew of 1587. According to American Breweries, in 1873 4131 breweries produced 9 million barrels of beer in the US. That is still the record number of breweries in this country operating in a given year but not for long. On October 14, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the bill H.R. 1337, which contained an amendment sponsored by Sen. […]

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Get Pumped

The pump’s place in the brew room is one that is often overlooked by the beer lover. Brewers, however, know the importance of pumps and their roles in large scale brewing. In the brew room, pumps are versatile. Whenever product needs to be moved from one vessel to another, hot or cold, pumps are required. However, not all pumps are the same. There are different systems, multiple liquids, small functions and large ones, and each of these needs the right pump to do the right job. Centrifugal Pumps The most common type of pump used to move liquids through piping is the centrifugal pump. Also known as a rotodynamic pump, centrifugal pumps are designed with an inlet and outlet. The […]

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The “Then and Now” of Fermentation Tanks

By Erik Neilson It’s no secret that the craft beverage industry has undergone a mountain of changes over the course of just the past few decades. Technology continues to improve and shift in a multitude of different directions, affecting practically every aspect of the industry in ways that have taken age-old production techniques into the future for breweries, distilleries, meaderies and cider houses throughout the world. There are plenty of examples that can be made for the influence of modern technology on the industry as a whole, but it’s especially apparent in discussing fermentation tanks. The Past Going back into the history of fermentation can be quite a wild ride, especially when considering just how much has changed. In the […]

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