An Introduction to the Commercial Brewing Process

In general, all beer is made using the same basic steps and ingredients. However, the commercial brewing process involves some additional steps that aren’t necessary in homebrewing. These additional processes and steps are due to the equipment used at commercial breweries.

With so many different types of brewing and brewing transfer equipment involved in the process, there are many opportunities to both manage and optimize fluid transfer. In this blog, we’ll provide an overview of what happens during the commercial brewing process and discuss the importance of investing in high-quality equipment for your brewery.

The Start of the Brewing Process

Brewing beer involves liquid transfer at both hot and cold temperatures. The transferring of liquid at these different temperatures is known as “hot process” and “cold process.”
At the beginning of this process, mash, wort or beer is moved from one tank to another using pumps. Then, it goes through a chiller, more tanks, a filter and yet another tank before it’s actually ready for packaging.

Since there are so many different transfer locations, it’s important for craft brewers and breweries to consider the equipment they’re using to transfer beer from one tank to the next. In fact, having high-quality fluid transfer equipment should not only be priority, but is a necessity for breweries of all sizes.

Examples of equipment involved in the fluid transfer process for breweries include brewery tubing and hose, fittings and clamps, and others. When breweries invest in and make it a priority to utilize high-quality equipment, they can streamline each stage of the brewing process and add even more value to the beer they work hard to produce.

Hot Process

In the hot process, brewing liquids exceed 170°F. Breweries need the right equipment so they can transfer hot water from the hot liquor vessels used for mashing, transfer mash to the lautering vessel and brew kettle and finally, transfer hot wort to cool it down for fermentation. The hot stages in the brewing process require durable, heat tolerant tubing and hose that can withstand high temperatures without altering the flavors of the end product.

Cold Process

When liquids drop below 170°F, the cold process has begun. The cold process begins at the heat exchanger when wort is transferred to fermenters and then into conditioning vessels, brite tanks, kegs and other serving vessels. During cold stages of brewing, breweries can use light-duty tubing and hose, as covering a wide temperature range isn’t required for the cold side.

The Importance of Investing in High-Quality Brewing Equipment

As these liquids continue to develop along their journey to become the beer we all know and love, they pass through many different types of brewing equipment. When starting on their brewing journey, many breweries opt for standard equipment from brands they’re introduced to at the very beginning of their brewing ventures.

They don’t dive deep into the intricacies of different tools and equipment or experiment to discover the real impact they have on the end product. Breaking away from these standard solutions and finding better brewing equipment can improve your brewery’s entire operation and, most importantly, the products you produce.

Learn More about Brew Transfer Equipment in the Brewing Process

We’ve covered the fundamentals of the brewing process in this blog. To learn more about how the process works and how brewing equipment can make or break your beer, download our brewing equipment guide, A Better Brew: Upgrading Your Brew Transfer Equipment.

If you’re looking to upgrade your brew transfer equipment, the experts at BrewSavor can help you choose the best tubing, hose, fittings and clamps for both hot and cold applications.

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