Most people who want to set up their own brewery often face a common question: brewery layout. As we know, the process of building brewery equipment is time-consuming, and various factors need to be considered, such as market demand, equipment and raw material costs, energy consumption, and beer quality. Brewery layout is also important. But what should be considered when designing a brewery layout? Allow me to share several elements with you.
You see, the more beer output you need, the more beer fermenters you’ll require. Beer output directly affects the size of the brewhouse and the number of beer fermenters. Generally, if you have a 500L brewhouse, we recommend having two batches of beer fermenters suitable for your brewery. This way, you can brew two batches per day to fill one fermenter.
Different Vessels for the Brewhouse
There are four basic processes in beer brewing: mashing, lautering, wort boiling, and wort whirlpool. With our brewhouse, you can achieve most beer brewing techniques. We offer 2-vessel, 3-vessel, 4-vessel, and 5-vessel brewhouses. Obviously, the more vessels, the larger the brewery site. For some microbreweries, we generally recommend a cost-effective solution of a 2-vessel brewhouse with steam jacket heating.
All liquids, such as wort, hot water, steam, glycol water, cold water, and beer, will be transported through pipelines. Designing the pipeline layout reasonably and aesthetically is a crucial issue when planning your brewery layout.
Energy saving is a cost-saving measure for a brewery. An appropriate layout of the craft brewery can play a key role in conserving energy. Effective energy-saving measures will reduce the long-term costs of the brewery. For example, reducing the distance between different brewing steps means reducing the required pumping volume. Less suction means less energy is needed to complete brewing, which also helps prevent unexpected taste variations in beer quality.