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Microbrewery is an ancient and noble activity that is becoming more and more popular as a professional business worldwide. Many people are approaching it for fun or passion, but they often get confused when the moment to choose the proper microbrewery equipment comes.
The best choice for hygiene, safety and productivity would be to choose professional microbrewery equipment, focusing on those materials that can grant resistance and quality over time. First of all, let's see together a brief presentation of the must-have equipment for a microbrewery.
So, which is the equipment you cannot afford to miss?
1- Mashing system
Once you have your malt milled and ready to be brewed, the first step would be to put it into a mashing system, together with water, in order to heat the mixture for the next step of the process. During this step, the malt in infusion turns into a mush of sugar.
2- Lautering system
The mashing process produces a liquid rich in sugars called wort, which has to be separated from the residual grain: to this purpose, you have to use a lautering system. First, the mash must be heated again; then, it has to be “recirculated”, meaning that it has to be drawn off and put again in the mash several times; finally, the mash is trickled with water in order to extract all the remaining sugars. All of this happens in a special machine called Lauter tun, another essential component among your microbrewery equipment.
3- Brewery system
The brewery system is obviously the heart of a microbrewery equipment. The process of brewing takes place in a machine called Brew kettle, where the wort is boiled together with hops and flavors. During the boiling, the wort is sterilized, all the unwanted flavors evaporate and the solid particles are removed.
4- Cooling and fermentation
The wort is cooled down in order to bring it at the right temperature for fermentation. After the cooling, fermentation begins as yeats is put in the wort, taking place in a specific container called Fermentation Vessel. The equipment used in this step must be chosen carefully, as this is the most delicate process as far as hygiene is concerned.
5- Conditioning system
Resulting beer must be removed from the Fermentation Vessel in order to divide it from dead yeasts, which can be harmful or, at least, spoil the final flavor of the product. After that, beer is put in a conditioning system to rest and mature. This process can take few weeks as well as many months, depending on the brewer’s intent.
6- Filtering system
Filtering is essential to give the final adjustments to the flavor of the beer. However, it must be pointed out that, among the equipment of a microbrewery, a filtering system is not always necessary. Many microbreweries, in fact, sell their beer unfiltered. There are many kinds of filters, from the roughest ones, which just remove the solid components, to the finest, which eliminate all the microorganisms in the liquid.
7- Packaging system
If your Microbrewery just sells its beer where it is produced, you will not need a packaging system. But, if you want to sell the beer outside your brewery, you need to pack it into kegs, bottles or cans. A good packaging system can perform one among kegging, bottling or canning with high quality standards, speed and precision, and represents a must-have choice to complete your microbrewery equipment with all the necessary machines.