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Heat Recovery In a Chemical Processing Plant

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Apr 24, 2017 1:39:04 PM

 

You have the difficult task of identifying processes in your facility where you can “go green”. There are hidden opportunities throughout your plant to be more sustainable and efficient, but you need someone who’s an expert on the subject to pinpoint them and provide solutions. If your company is implementing or has implemented a comprehensive sustainability policy, heat recovery may be a way to reach your goals. Here is one example to get you thinking about your specific opportunities.

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Topics: Temp-Plate, Heat Transfer, Chemical Processing

Motivating Your Beer Distributor

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 5:18:58 PM

 

Many states now allow self-distribution for beer.  It's a great option for smaller producers just getting off the ground and it can be the intermediary step before partnering with a distributor.  See what they look for in a craft beer partner here.

For those already working within the three-tiered system, any chance to stand out from the crowd and motivate your distributor to push your brand is crucial.  

 

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

Unique Beer Business Marketing

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 2:48:50 PM

 


When it comes to a business model and brand for your brewery, the sky is the limit for creativity.  By choosing a unique personality and living it out with your products, staff, and structure you can stand out from the pack.  Plus according to industry insiders we talked to in the craft beer distributor's guide- brand and culture are two of the most important aspects they consider when taking on a new craft partner.

 Here are 5 breweries doing the marketing differently. 

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

Expert Advice:  Expanding your Brewery

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:58:29 PM

 

 "Expand your brewery" -  it's such a vague term.  What kind of expansion? You can expand your actual space.  You can expand your brewing capacity.  Heck, you could be expanding to distribution outside your brewhouse for the first time! (learn in-depth how to do that successfully HERE with advice from distributors)  

This infographic tackles all the elements of expansion in a topline way by using the “20/20 Hindsight” of brewery experts. These brewery leaders are offering up their most noteworthy hurdles with aspiring brewery owners. The information shared is a frank discussion about, “What they wish they had known.” We invite you to learn O.P.E. Style (Other People’s Experience).  

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

Prevent Tank Implosion in Your Brewery During Caustic CIP - [VIDEO]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:49:24 PM

 

It is going to feel like the universe is caving in on you if one of your fermenters ever collapses from vacuum failure.  That is why it is important to understand all the scenarios leading to vacuum failure and how to prevent them.

One common scenario is right after fermentation, when your fermenter is filled with carbon dioxide.  If you use caustic soda to clean your fermenter and do not have adequate vacuum relief, you run the risk of imploding your tank.  

Ashton Lewis, Master Brewer-in-Residence for Paul Mueller Company, demonstrates just how quickly vacuum failure can happen when you clean a fermenter full of  carbon dioxide with caustic soda.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

Prevent Tank Implosion in Your Brewery During Hot CIP - [VIDEO]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:48:56 PM

 

Vacuum failure is a hidden danger in your typical brewery operation that can quickly turn into a costly mistake. The causes of vacuum failure are wide and varied and can strike during the most normal of  tasks - like filling a bright tank too full, using caustic soda in a tank that is still full of carbon dioxide, and rinsing a tank with cold water too soon after a hot clean-in-place cycle.  

Ashton Lewis, Master Brewer-in-Residence for Paul Mueller Company, shows us how quickly you can ruin a tank that doesn't have the proper vacuum relief while performing a hot CIP.  

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

The Basics of Clean-In-Place in a Brewery

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:48:36 PM

  

You put your reputation on the line every time someone drinks your beer.  The best way to make sure every pint you pour is worthy of putting your brand on it is to have a consistent and thorough cleaning regiment.  Clean-in-place (CIP) systems are an important component of every cleaning program.  

There are a lot of parts to a successful CIP program so lets start from the beginning.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

The Basics of Vacuum Relief In a Brewery

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:48:07 PM
 
 
Your fermenters and bright tanks are constantly undergoing pressure changes.  Routine activites such as brewing, fermenting, cleaning-in-place, and moving product can potentially implode a poorly vented tank.  It is important to understand how and why vacuum failure happens so you can keep your tanks in service.
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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

Prevent Tank Implosion in Your Brewery Caused by Overfilling -[VIDEO]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:47:30 PM

 

In your brewery, overfilling is never good.  Most of the time you are only losing a couple cents worth of beer when an impatient bartender doesn't wait for the foam to go down, but if your fermenters and bright tanks don't have enough vacuum relief, you could lose your entire tank.

Ashton Lewis, Master Brewer-in-Residence for Paul Mueller Company demonstrates how fast tank overfill can lead to beer siphoning out of the vent line.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

Sizing a Vacuum Relief Valve - [VIDEO]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:46:19 PM

 

 The best way to protect your tanks from vacuum failure is to have a properly spec'd vacuum relief valve installed.  Your fermenters and bright tanks make up the nucleus of your brewing business so it is critical they are adequately protected.  

There are many factors to consider when sizing a vacuum relief valve.  Paul Mueller Company's Master Brewer-in-Residence, Ashton Lewis, walks you through all of the things you should consider  before purchasing a vacuum relief valve.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

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