10 Tips for Maintaining Your Brewing Equipment
Do not use chlorine detergent or disinfectant. It should be obvious, but we’ll mention it anyway!
If you’re not going to use your equipment for a while, make sure you clean the equipment thoroughly. After clearing the water flow, close the valves. Also, clean the equipment thoroughly before reusing it after a long period of time.
The heat exchanger should be disassembled and cleaned after long-term operation or if it hasn’t been used for a long time. Do not use a metal brush during cleaning, and avoid bending, twisting, trampling, and extrusion of the heat exchanger plates. Replace the aged sealing gasket in a timely manner.
Regularly check the electrical motor, pump connection, and grounding to ensure proper connection. Check the oil level of the reduction motor and hydraulic device. Regularly add lubricant according to the instructions. Regularly check the fastening of stirring and tillage fittings. Do not idle or reverse any pumps used, and promptly replace the pump seal if leakage is found.
Regularly check the hopper of the grinder for foreign matter and impurities. Check whether the fasteners of the grinder are loose, the tightness of the driving belt of the grinder, and the reliability of safety protection devices. Clean the grinder roll regularly.
Regularly check the pressure gauges and safety valve of steam heating equipment, and ensure the steam trap is free from obstructions. Do not start heating until the specified level is reached. Hang warning signs on top of steam, wheat juice, and other high-temperature pipelines and saccharification equipment during operation to prevent burns.
When filtering, do not extract wort at a high flow rate to avoid damaging the sieve plate. When the equipment is not in use, do not place weight on the screen plate to avoid deformation. Keep all mechanical parts running smoothly during operation.
Regularly check the plate heat exchanger for any leaks, leakage, or abnormal fluid flow, and repair immediately if necessary.
Pay attention to the concentration of alkali water in the alkali water tank at all times. If the concentration is too low or too turbid, replace it in a timely manner for cleaning.
Regularly check all pipe valves. If leakage is found, repair or replace them immediately.
Tips for Maintaining Your Beer Fermenter
Beer fermentation tanks are widely used in beverage, chemical, food, dairy, seasoning, brewing, pharmaceutical, and other industries for fermentation. The tanks are primarily used for cultivating and fermenting various bacterial cells with better sealing (to prevent bacterial contamination). So how do you maintain them?
If the air inlet pipe and water outlet pipe joint is leaking, and tightening the joint does not solve the problem, add or replace the filler.
Regularly check the pressure gauge and safety valve, and replace or repair them if there are any faults.
When cleaning the fermenter, use a soft brush to scrub. Do not use a hard tool to avoid damaging the surface of the fermenter.
Calibrate the supporting instruments once a year to ensure normal use.
Electrical equipment, instruments, sensors, and other electrical components must not come into direct contact with water and steam to avoid moisture.
When the equipment is not in use, clean it promptly and drain the remaining water in the fermentation tank and each pipeline. Loosen the fermentation tank cover and handhole screws to avoid deformation of the sealing ring.
If the fermentation tank is temporarily not used, empty and drain the tank and each pipeline of remaining water.