Enhancing the Brewing Experience with Steam-powered Heating

Enhancing the Brewing Experience with Steam-powered Heating

The use of steam is a crucial aspect of your brewing process and the overall functioning of your brewhouse.

The efficient and controlled use of high-quality steam is a significant factor in producing a quality product in a cost-effective manner. It is utilized in various processes such as heating, cleaning, and pasteurization.

For those who have employed steam in their brewhouse, it is well-known that the temperature of saturated steam is directly proportional to its pressure, emphasizing the importance of using top-notch brewery equipment to ensure smooth operations.

If you are considering implementing a steam heated brewing system, here are some factors to take into account:

More Bang For Your Buck?

We acknowledge that a steam heated brewing system may not be the most economical option. However, it is the most efficient and versatile method of heating used in the brewhouse for heating vessels, keg washers for keg sterilization, and flash pasteurization systems. Please note that hiring a certified installer is necessary, as they will commission and approve the system before it can be legally used. Additionally, an annual inspection is required. We encourage clients to discuss these matters with their steam system installer, as their approval is crucial. Moreover, we collaborate with local technicians to fabricate equipment according to their specific requirements. Considering these costs is essential during the budgeting process.

ACE 500L brewery equipment

Building A Steam Heated Brewing System

Different pieces of equipment have distinct steam pressure and requirements. Hence, it is best to factor in the maximum load when everything is running simultaneously or at least carefully consider the load calculation. Boilers generally employ two main heating methods: oil, gas, and electric. Gas is cheaper, but in cases where gas is unavailable, electric boilers are a viable alternative. However, electric boilers consume a significant amount of power, so it is essential to ensure an adequate power supply and calculate the associated costs based on kW per hour.

Materials, Design & Maintenance – It’s All About The Finer Details

We recommend using stainless steel for steam piping. Although the pipe diameter is typically around 1 inch, insulation and cladding increase its overall size. When it comes to connection types, threaded connections are the more economical option. However, based on our experience, we believe that flanges are superior if budget permits. This recommendation extends to other elements of the steam pipework like steam traps, solenoid valves, and flow control valves. Make sure to check the equipment’s required pressure, as our steam jackets are rated up to 2 bars, while boilers usually operate at higher pressures. You will need a reducing station, and larger systems may require multiple stations. A reducing station can also regulate flow, so it is ideal to reduce pressure right before use. In terms of design, it is advisable to keep all steam-utilizing equipment as close as possible to minimize the need for lengthy piping, insulation, and possible cladding. Additionally, proper water treatment is crucial for maintaining the internal components of your boiler. Steam boilers require regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure optimal performance, and we are here to guide you through the necessary steps for keeping your boiler in good working condition.

The Bespoke Difference

Having installed steam heated brewing systems in numerous countries, we pride ourselves on our experience in preventing any overlooked aspects. This ensures a smooth installation process, allowing you to start brewing faster. Moreover, an efficient brewhouse translates to time and cost savings. If you would like us to provide consultation on your system installation, please get in touch. We would love to work with you!

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