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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

Outdoor Brewery Expansion - Things to Consider

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:41:04 PM

 

Too much business is a good problem to have.  Many craft brewers found themselves in this position over the last 10 years, as craft beer volume experienced double-digit growth each of those 10 years.  When you're ready to expand your capacity, there are countless options to consider, including some choices that could prompt a marketing refresh.  Here are six things to think about if you are considering expansion outside.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

A Safer Hop Back, That's Easier to Clean

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 30, 2017 1:39:00 PM


Maximize Your Hops 

Looking for a really efficient way to use your increasingly expensive and hard to acquire hops? Look no further than the Paul Mueller Company Hop Back. This equipment was designed to harness the essential oils and resins in hops to add the same bitterness and aromatics to your beer with fewer hops, saving you money.  The hop back allows you to use either whole cone hops or hop pellets, to give you more control in the crafting of your unique beer characteristics.  


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Topics: Brewery Equipment

[SlideShare] Guide to Buying Tank Heads

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 23, 2017 2:50:09 PM

Two of the most critical undertakings of your tank fabrication business are closing sales and producing tanks. These two processes are the essential mechanisms that keep your company successful.

But there's an important step inbetween those two: tank component procurement. Navigating the world of quotes and purchase orders can be overwhelming.

This SlideShare will help you focus on mission-critical tasks that will ensure you don't waste valuable time on your next project that requires tank heads.

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Topics: Tank Heads, Tank Components

Stress Corrosion Cracking in a Brewery

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 15, 2017 9:13:10 AM

 

Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) can slowly destroy your brewery equipment without warning.  Your tanks are the core of your brewery, so it is important to understand what SCC is, what causes it, and what to do when your tanks suffer from this type of damage.

 

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Tank Repair

4 Ways Kegs Are Losing You Money

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 8, 2017 4:56:32 PM

 

Kegs have been the beer storage and serving standard for a very long time. At first, kegs were more convenient than their previous counterparts, wooden casks. But for the last 50 years kegs have remain unchanged and might be starting down the road of obsolescence. Here are a few ways kegs could be costing you money.

 

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

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