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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

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

Building An Outdoor Unitank

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Mar 7, 2017 3:59:06 PM

 

A very large, global brewer approached Paul Mueller Company in 2016 with the request for a Unitank that was ASME Code stamped AND 55-feet high.  A huge challenge, but we were up for it!

 

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

How a Heat Transfer Consultation Saved a Brewery Money

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Oct 3, 2016 3:50:59 PM

 

 Whether you are installing heat transfer in your end product or using it in your direct operations it can be a real energy saver.  However getting the right specifications is crucial and understanding the detailed spec sheet can be daunting.  There are always challenges -  what if you don't get it right?  What if  the resulting product is not what you need?  Sometimes it helps to double check the infinite details affecting flow rates, pressure drops and heat loads.  A quick phone consultation might even help you make beer better.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Heat Transfer

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Teaching and sharing ideas has long been part of the rich heritage at Paul Mueller Company.  We have almost a century of quality craftsmanship guiding the way we apply new learnings. Paul Mueller Company Academy is a collection point for those learnings, so we can collaborate and grow more successful together. You will find articles, blogs, guides, infographics and more dedicated to furthering knowledge for all, in the world of stainless steel processing equipment solutions. 

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