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8 tips for design brewhouse

8 tips for design brewhouse equipment

The brewhouse equipment is the core of craft brewery operations because it connects everything together. If the brewhouse is properly designed, it will also become the main feature of the brewery—the main attraction to attract customers.
In addition, a good brewhouse design can save a lot of money. When constructing and equipping the brewhouse, carefully consider your goals and wishes for the brewery so that the brewing process can proceed smoothly and achieve beneficial results. Time is money. When designing a brewhouse, we must minimize the time spent on tasks. Poor brewhouse design will lead to inefficient brewery production, random processes, and excessive resource expansion.
Although many parts of the brewhouse design will be attributed to preferences and opinions, Micet Craft will follow some correct methods to provide customers with the most suitable brewery equipment. Next, Micet Craft’s engineers will explain some precautions to help you avoid costly mistakes and get what you want from your brewery.
8 tips for design brewhouse equipment
The choice of brewhouse heating method

How many containers does brewhouse use?

This is a very critical issue, because your heating method may determine the configuration of your entire brewery equipment. The heating methods provided by Micet Craft include steam heating, direct fire heating, and electric heating. You can read our “Brewhouse heating options: Electric VS Steam VS Direct Fire” article to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various heating methods.
Before deciding which heating method to use, it is best to check your site and the public facilities you enter:
  • Do you have a natural gas pipeline?
  • Can gas cylinders be vented on-site? (These are important for gas-fired steam boilers or direct combustion)
  • What is your electricity bill? (This is very important for electric heating elements and electric steam boilers)
Electric VS Steam VS Direct Fire
Brewhouse heating options: Electric VS Steam VS Direct Fire

Many craft beer lovers, especially those who want to invest in opening a craft brewery, do not know which heating method is most suitable for their brewing system. For craft breweries, there are three popular heating methods, namely electric heating, steam heating, and direct fire heating. The heating method will affect the brewing process, and

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Electric VS Steam VS Direct Fire
Brewhouse heating options: Electric VS Steam VS Direct Fire

Many craft beer lovers, especially those who want to invest in opening a craft brewery, do not know which heating method is most suitable for their brewing system. For craft breweries, there are three popular heating methods, namely electric heating, steam heating, and direct fire heating. The heating method will affect the brewing process, and

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Forecast sales volume

Forecast sales volume

When developing a business plan for your brewery project, you need to consider at least a two-year sales forecast. This forecast includes:
  • The number of beers you plan to brew at the same time
  • How much beer is sold using beer barrels
  • How much beer will be packaged (bottle/can)
You need to break down these numbers as much as possible to help you predict your weekly beer production. This number is the first number you need when planning a brewery. You can combine it with the other brewery construction tips we will share below to make the correct settings for your brewhouse.
Craft beer manufacturers are everywhere on blogs and forums, and they always think that their breweries or beer bars will have larger sales. In the past ten years, the market share of craft beer has tripled, which also means that craft brewers have different expectations for business growth and space requirements. What is popular now is to build for growth and expand as much as possible.
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The batches you plan to brew each day

At the beginning of most small craft breweries, one batch is usually brewed per day. If the brewer wants to brew 2 batches a day, he may choose a brewhouse design with other configurations. If you need to brew more batches a day, you may need a 4 vessel brewhouse design. The brewing batches you can execute each day determine how much beer you can produce.
In addition, if you plan to brew more batches of beer a day, you must remember to schedule your employees. For example, the morning shift may be from 7 am to 3 pm, and the evening shift may be from 2 pm to 10 pm. It can be seen that there will be overlaps in staff time because there are many tasks to be performed when operating a brewery, not just wort production. These tasks include yeast processing, CIP (tank cleaning), beer inspection, and cellar work. Of course, it also includes packaged beer.
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Leave extra space

When making equipment floor plans, don’t try to squeeze the equipment together or plan every inch of space. You need to leave more space than expected to meet mobility requirements. This could very well allow for more expansion later if necessary and will make it comfortable to navigate during the early seasons of brewing when you might well need it. You can determine the arrangement of the equipment according to the beer brewing process to make it easier for one brewing step to enter the next brewing step.
The brewhouse does not seem to have any specific “best layout”. Each brewery will personalize the brewhouse according to the space of the brewery. Of course, excellent brewery equipment manufacturers will also customize the brewhouse for you according to your space and requirements. Micet Craft can help you complete the customized brewhouse design, please contact us if you need it.
brewhouse configuration

Configuration

Over the years, Micet Craft has designed many different brewhouse equipment combinations. However, the most common is the 2 vessel brewhouse, which comes with a mash/lauter tank and a kettle/whirlpool tank. With the 2 vessel brewing system, you can brew twice in one day, but it usually takes a long time.
If you need to brew more than 2 times a day, then you can consider using the 3 vessel brewing system. We have two designs for the 3 vessel brewing system. One is mash tun, lauter tun, kettle and whirlpool combination vessel. The other is mash and lauter combination vessel, kettle and whirlpool. Each design has its advantages and disadvantages, and the specific choice depends on the brewer and beer style. In addition to the 3 vessel solution, you can also use a 4 vessel or even a 5 vessel brewhouse. This configuration divides each process in the brewing process into separate containers, so you can brew more beer in a limited time. In the choice of equipment, you need to be wise, the bigger the equipment does not always mean the better. There is a certain balance between the size and number of brewhouses you own, and you need to try to find this balance. Choosing a smaller brewing system may also be a wise choice. The money saved can be used to purchase more fermentation tanks to increase the brewery’s output and achieve a balance.
type of craft beer

Types of beer brewed

Brewery builders must fully understand the type of beer that the brewery plans to produce and the equipment required. Before deciding to purchase brewery equipment, you need to determine which types of beer you need to brew because different brewing processes require different brewing equipment. If you plan to brew German beer, then the brewery equipment manufacturer will design the brewery equipment for the German brewing process for you. If you use German brewing equipment to brew American beer, there is no way you can make the beer taste the best.
After you understand the beer style you plan to brew, you can communicate better with the equipment manufacturer. When planning a brewery, theoretically offering 20 kinds of craft beer is a very good choice. But in actual brewing, you may not be able to produce so many kinds of beer. In the craft beer industry, beer quality is better than beer types, and it may be better to produce fewer types of beer.
consider sustainability

Consider sustainability

The new brewing process may allow breweries to participate in green initiatives such as using wastewater to generate electricity and donating waste food to local farmers as cattle feed. In the long run, sustainability can often save winemakers energy and water treatment costs. Therefore, efficiency will be an important factor in your choice of brewhouse equipment.
automatic control

Control

The main control methods in brewery equipment are manual, semi-automatic (various degrees), and fully automatic (rarely). When we design a manual brewing system, we will consider manufacturing the main valves and components in 1 or 2 positions so that the brewer does not need to move around the brewhouse frequently. Although the price of an automated brewing system is high, it can gradually recover the cost over time.
In addition, we also use a dual control panel design, the function is between manual and fully automatic. In this way, the brewer does not need to go up and down the stairs frequently to adjust the pump speed, turn on rakes, etc.
Don’t forget your hot liquor tanks play an important role in the brewhouse. You should think about the sizing and positioning when deciding on your brewhouse design as they are correlated and very much depend on each other.

Conclusion

In Micet Craft, we don’t believe in the saying that “everyone uses the same equipment”. We will help every customer have their own, custom-designed brewhouse equipment. The design of each brewhouse is different – we have never built two identical brewhouses.
We will consider all influencing factors: space size and shape, physical location, utilities, and the needs and wishes of the brewer. The goals you want to achieve and the type of beer you plan to brew will be the two most important details. If you plan to open your own brewery, you can contact Micet Craft and we will provide you with the most complete turnkey solution.
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Get a turnkey solution for brewery equipment
If you plan to open or expand the brewery, you can contact Micet Craft directly. Our engineers will design and manufacture brewery equipment according to your brewing process. Of course, we will also provide you with a complete turnkey solution. Also, if you plan to expand the brewery, we will provide you with customized solutions.

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