Keeping on Hop of Beer Production

Consistency and control during the brewing process are the key to producing a quality product and flow measurement provides the opportunity to reign in any variability. We recently supplied a brewery in Ireland with BLFT-32 stainless steel turbine flow meters with tri-clamp hygienic connections.

Firstly the brewery required a flow meter to measure the volume of sparge water being added to the mash tun in order to produce wort, a sweet liquid created with grains, water and sugar which goes to a boiler where the hops are then added. The BLFT can handle temperatures up +110°C and can meet the demands of sparge water which is typically +90°C. Another BLFT was supplied to measure the volume of filtered beer into storage tanks for final brewing. With an accuracy of ±1%, the BLFT can measure exactly how much beer is being moved around the brewery from tank to tank.

As with all food and beverage production hygiene is of upmost importance, the BLFT turbines were supplied with tri-clamp hygienic connections. This type of quick release connection has a smooth stainless steel finish which is designed to eliminate crevices where bacteria can breed. The meters can also be cleaned in place (CIP) meaning that the meters can be left in the line and flushed with a cleaning solution which cleans the entire pipe system.

When combined with LCD displays the installation of BLFT turbines allow the brewery to accurately measure and record the volumes of sparge water added and the volume of filtered beer going into storage and in turn aid in the production of a consistent brew.

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