Brewing equipment requires regular maintenance in order to brew better beer. The steam boiler is a key instrument in brewing liquor or beer. Brewery boilers must receive proper maintenance and monitoring to maintain peak performance, and you need to know how to troubleshoot common boiler problems.
Choosing the Right Steam Boiler for the Job
When a new brewery or distillery purchases equipment, they often have a brewery equipment supplier install the boiler as well. This may have seemed great at the time due to convenience. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that any steam boiler will meet the long-term needs of your operation.
Since breweries and distilleries often operate around the clock, selecting, tuning, and designing the right boiler can prevent premature and unpredictable system downtime.
Regular Maintenance Plan
Unscheduled maintenance is one of the most common causes of boiler problems. As your boiler operates, parts wear out, so catching minor problems while they’re still small can allow you to prevent more serious problems that could lead to injury or catastrophic failure.
If your boiler does not receive the necessary maintenance, it can have devastating effects, including dangerous and even fatal boiler explosions. The boiler fuel could also explode, or the extreme heat of the boiler could cause damage if the water level drops too low without triggering the trip switch.
A major boiler failure is costly and dangerous, and it can bring your operations to a standstill. Avoid this by scheduling routine maintenance on your brewery steam boiler throughout the year and catching minor issues early.
Common Boiler Problems in Breweries and Distilleries
Leaking feed trough or improper feeding
Proper maintenance will not only prevent these and other issues from causing system downtime, but it can also extend the life of your boiler system, allowing you to maintain the highest standards of safety, quality, and production.