The brewing industry is a complex and highly competitive global industry. The process of implementing a turnkey brewery system is intricate, beginning with determining your production capacity, developing an efficient brewing line, and choosing the appropriate equipment.
A turnkey brewery comprises several key beer brewing equipment, including the mash tun, lauter tun, brew kettle, whirlpool, fermenters, lagering tanks, and bright tanks. These pieces of equipment, in the hands of the brewer, transform professional grain mill into “wort,” which is then fermented and finished.
What is a Turnkey Brewing System?
A turnkey brewery is a complete line that includes all the necessary components for brewing beer, from the malthouse to the dispensing equipment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced brewmaster, the following equipment is essential for your success:
- Brewhouse tank: Choosing the right tank is crucial to complement your winery and control system. ACE CRAFT, a global brewing technology and equipment manufacturer based in China, offers customization options based on your controls, brewery setup, space constraints, and brewing style.
The heat source is the heart of any winery. The choice between electric heating, steam heating, or direct fire heating for your brewery depends on factors such as distillery size, available utilities, and initial and ongoing costs.
- Electric Heating:
- The efficiency of electric heating is close to 100%, as all thermal energy is transferred to the liquid without any loss.
- It enables a compact and flexible design, ideal for small spaces.
- Low equipment and installation costs.
- Precise control for high repeatability and automation.
- The brewery is carbon-free.
- Steam Heating:
- Preferred heat source for large breweries.
- Flexible design for tank placement.
- Higher efficiency compared to direct fire heating.
- Larger heated surface area than direct combustion systems.
- Higher level of automation and repeatability.
- Ideal for spaces with limited power.
- Direct Fire Heating:
- A traditional heat source suitable for small beer brewing systems.
- Lower upfront equipment and installation costs compared to steam heating.
Advantages of a Turnkey Brewing System
A turnkey brewery project is an ideal solution for those who want to start brewing but lack the time or expertise. With a turnkey brewing system, everything from equipment to the brewery itself is sourced from a single supplier. ACE can assist you with project evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, market research, equipment construction, and yield calculation to ensure cost-effective operations.
A turnkey brewing system includes all the essential components needed to begin brewing, such as pumps, hoses, and controls. Additionally, these systems are modular in design, allowing for future expansion.
A turnkey brewing system consists of various components, including:
- Material processing: dry powder malt crusher, pipe chain conveyor, malt silo/powder silo, etc.
- Saccharification system: steam heating system with three, four, and five devices, optional gelatinizing pot.
- Fermented sake: fermentation tanks, sake tanks, etc., along with supporting operating platforms, takeover boards, and other accessories.
- Refrigeration: refrigerators, refrigerant tanks for beer cooling, ice water tanks for wort cooling, equipped with jacket or connected to a heat exchanger.
- CIP (Cleaning-in-Place): Fixed CIP system with an output range of 500-5000L.
- Filtration system: diatomite filter, membrane filter, or plate and frame filter.
- Air compression system: silent oil-free air compressor, nitrogen generator, etc.
- Yeast expansion or yeast storage system.
A turnkey brewing system offers several technical advantages:
- Automatic production operation.
- Efficient steam system design improves energy saving.
- Optimized pipeline layout design ensures beer quality while reducing raw material consumption.
- Internal heater system enhances wort evaporation rate.
- Gelatinizing pot can be added based on brewing process requirements.
- Pressurized boiling process enhances wort boiling intensity.
- Customizable tank layout with operation platforms, takeover boards, or pipe gallery systems.
- High wort yield.
Turnkey Brewery by ACE
ACE is a global manufacturer of brewing technology and equipment based in China. Our turnkey breweries are renowned for their high performance. By purchasing a turnkey brewery, you save both time and money, allowing you to focus on brewing great beer. Whether you are planning to open a new brewery or expand an existing one, you can rely on ACE for craft brewery equipment, customized solutions, and professional support. Get in touch with us today!