Archive: Equipment

Dream BIG & Reach For the Stars: Experts’ Advice Starting a Distillery

 Hey you there, with dreams of creating fine quality spirits. If you had access to experts in the craft distilling industry, what would you ask them? Whether your notion is a series of random sketches or actually a year or two into planning and development, we wanted to present some helpful insight for the start of your distillery. Our experts include: Dr. Jerry Avis, CEO of The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), a member-based global organization formed in 1886 and based in London. It provides qualifications, trainings and industry information for brewers and distillers. Assisting him is Matt Strickland, head distiller at Distillerie Côte des Saints in Mirabel, Québec and an IBD member and examiner. Matt Beamer, Head Distiller, […]

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A HIGH-TEMPERATURE WASHDOWN STATION TO MEET YOUR HIGH-EFFICENCY PRODUCTION NEEDS

(Warminster, PA USA) In food processing, dairy, beverage, chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical facilities, maintaining a clean environment is critical to consistent product quality. To keep production running on time, high temperature washdown stations are used to quickly and efficiently clean and sanitize equipment in place. For facilities with a hot and cold water supply, the HCX Water/Water Washdown Station is an excellent solution. The washdown station utilizes two individual globe valves to mix hot and cold water to a user adjusted temperature. Output temperature is clearly displayed on the integrated temperature display gauge for operational simplicity. To prevent accidental scalding, the unit is offered with our unique SmartFlow feature. “This is an in-line, over-temperature safety valve whose only purpose is […]

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Canning Your Craft Brew

Marty Jones of Cask Global Canning Solutions has worked tirelessly for nearly twenty years convincing brewers that cans were the right way to package craft beer. He was one of the founders of Oskar Blues Brewery’s “Canned Beer Apocalypse” and remembers the pioneer days of canned craft beer. “I would serve canned beers at fests, and folks would walk by and wave and say ‘I don’t drink canned beer,’ and follow that remark with some additional misinformed comment, such as ‘Cans are bad for beer,’ or ‘Cans impart metallic flavors to beer.’ Many brewers thought we were nuts, heathens, committing sacrilege by questioning the long-revered brown bottle. A few breweries wished misfortune upon us! I always made a point to […]

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Customization Fosters Innovation: Choosing the Best Brewing Tanks

Head Brewer Joe Kesteloot of Peace Tree Brewing Co. in its Des Moines, Iowa-based innovation brewery. Photo courtesy of Peace Tree Brewing Co. The long game of brewing isn’t always obvious in the glass. Some producers spend up to two years evaluating what to brew and what equipment will craft the best product. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this approach, but for brewers eager to get started or respond to an expansion demand, it’s critical to have a long-term mindset to produce creatively with fiscal responsibility. When choosing tanks, especially fermentation tanks, there are numerous questions to answer before snapping up a standard model and placing it in the rack. The equipment in the brewhouse reflects as much about your approach […]

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How to Choose the Right Packaging Machine for Your Brewery

Craft beverage consumers are often quick to judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a beer by its packaging. The quality of beer comes first and foremost, but how a beer looks on retail shelves can also drive or sink a brewery’s profits. Packaging machines are useful to breweries for many reasons, including efficiently and attractively packaging beer and cans in cartons. Depending on the size of a brewery’s operations and its goals, these machines range from small hand machines to huge mass production models. Uses of Brewery Packaging Equipment These days, very few breweries are packaging their products by hand. Manual processing isn’t fast enough to keep up with demand, but unlike mechanization in the wine […]

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Stop Contamination at the Door With Disinfectant Mats – Nelson Jameson

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Melissa Pasciak | Director of Marketing m.pasciak@nelsonjameson.com | 715-387-1151   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stop Contamination at the Door with Disinfectant Mats™ from Nelson-Jameson MARSHFIELD, WIS., December 19, 2018 – One step beyond the ordinary sanitizing footbath, Disinfectant Mats both clean and sanitize footwear before workers enter any processing areas, or anywhere you want to limit the spread of contamination. While ordinary footbaths don’t provide any scrubbing action to keep users from tracking sediment back into a clean processing environment, Disinfectant Mats feature hundreds of flexible rubber fingers to clean dirt particles from footwear. Constructed of a heavy-duty rubber that won’t sag or allow solution to run out, Disinfectant Mats allow users to wipe their feet while simultaneously […]

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BREAKING TRADITION WITH BARRELS, KEGS AND GROWLERS

From the iconic images of barrels and kegs at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany to the rows of art-laden cans at your local bottle shop, beverage containers matter. More than ever, the containers used to store, transport and dispense beer, wine and spirits are sales and marketing tools, and it’s time to start looking at them as such. Your Kegs deserve An Upgrade Josh Fast, Manager of Marketing and Internal Sales for SCHÄFER Container Systems, is excited about the future of kegs. “The standard keg design hasn’t been upgraded in probably 70 years, but we’re changing that and showing that there are better options,” he said. “Thanks to the local craft beer industry, expectations have noticeably increased for breweries and pubs […]

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Bottle Filling Machines: What’s New, Improved, and Considerations

Without bottle filling machines, how would we crack open a refreshing beer on a hot day or experience that slow pour of a craft spirit into a glass? Filling machines are an integral part of the craft beverage production process and used by producers of craft beer, spirits, wine, cider, and a wide variety of carbonated drinks. Bottle filling machines are nothing new, but there are some new developments in this industry that are helping beverage producers innovate and share their products with consumers in exciting ways. Background on Bottle Filling Machines Filling machines have existed since the Industrial Revolution, and by the end of the 20th century, the machines were widely used for various applications. These machines have been […]

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Tariffs, Tariffs, and More Tariffs

Toward the end of this week, take a minute to add up and total the amount of US tariffs imposed on Chinese goods imported into the US. You can glean this data from online aggregated digital news, television news, or from US Government pronouncements about Trump tariffs. I would be very surprised if the number does not exceed hundreds of billions of US dollars encompassing about half of all Chinese manufactured goods entering the US. The public comment period for most US-China tariffs to be imposed to date ended this past Friday so that such tariffs can be imposed by the US Government and will either be at 25% or 10% depending on the Chinese manufactured product. China and the US, up […]

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Pumps in Craft Beverage Processing

Breweries and distilleries use pumps on the hot and cold sides of the beverage production process, but there is a lot that goes into selecting the right pumps for each job. When choosing new pumps, brewers and distillers must consider the intended purpose, hygiene standards for compliance, energy efficiency, cost, and other factors. By applying the feedback of industry experts who work with pumps every day, beverage producers can recognize common issues that arise with pump use, how to avoid those issues, and how to choose the best pumps for their operations.  Pump 101 for Brewers and Distillers There are quite a few reasons why brewers and distillers use pumps, including the elimination of unwanted, viscous, and abrasive raw materials […]

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