Microbreweries are small scale beer producers. These breweries use natural and more organic products in producing beer. As an outcome, the beer produced is less in quantity but due to its smaller size, there is more area for experimentation and customisation. These breweries cater to local customers rather than selling their beers nationally. Microbreweries have become a trend in India. More and more breweries are opening with their fun experiments with beer flavours, brewing techniques and themes. The microbrewery equipment differs when compared to large scale beer producers. The equipment have limited features and are smaller in size. The beers produced do not have added preservatives and contain higher ABV (Alchohol by volume).
The whole idea of microbreweries is to customise the beer experience and make it more quirky and enjoyable for the customers. The brewers are entering the market with various interesting flavours of beer either light or strong. Coffee, fruity, vanilla, spicy, smoky etc are just a few elements of it. These beers are brewed in different ways and then with added flavours and textures, served cold to the customers! These beers are also called the Craft beers.
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Necessary Microbrewery Equipment!
The list might vary depending on the location of the microbrewery, the techniques the brewers would be using, the accessibility of the equipment and the licenses procured.
1. Malt Mill
The first step to brewing your own beer is to first start with milling your grain! The idea behind it is that the finer the milling, the better. This helps extract the extra sugar from the grains and helps smoothen the further processes.
2. Mashing System
The mashing system is very important microbrewery equipment. This entire system includes the mash tank, the malt mill machine, a later turn, a heat generator and a water pump. In a temperature-controlled mash tank, the malt starch is combined with water and is heated until the sugar is extracted from the malt and starts the process of turning it into alcohol. There needs to be proper regulation of heat provided to this concoction. And while it is being heated, it also needs to be cooled down for a good brew. And so, a quality heat exchanger is necessary.
3. Fermentation and Cooling System
Fermentation is the most important process of brewing. It is here when the yeast is added to the raw wort and with the help of heat, it transforms the sugar into alcohol. And given the cruciality of the task, fermentation is the process which takes the longest time. Days in fact! Think of it like wine. The longer brewed at the right temperature, the better. The size of the fermenter depends upon the quantity of beer to be produced and the brewing technique used.
4. Refractometer or Hydrometer
While the yeast in the wort is doing its job and brewing the beer, it is important to check on the progress. This is the role of the refractometer or Hydrometer. Either of these tools is used to measure the sugar level in the concoction brewing inside the fermenter. It is like a quality check on the beer. A sample from the former is taken and tested in either of the equipment. If there is any discrepancy in the standard beer content, then it can be either regulated or changed in the next batch.
5. Filteration System
The filtration process is where the beer is separated from the yeast and forwarded to either distribution or storage. This filtration machine removes any residues, lumps, debris or necessary components from the beer. This process is important as yeast can be harmful if consumed directly. Depending on your budget you can choose the ideal filtering machine and technique. A filtering system is compulsory for commercial breweries while house brewers might skip this system.
6. Brite Tanks
After the entire fermenting and filtering process is done, the fresh batch of delicious beer gets stored in the brit tanks. These tanks are temperature-controlled. If you are a beer fan, then you might’ve seen breweries serving beer directly from these tanks placed in the public sight or the bar area.
7. Central Control System
All the equipment mentioned above is on a bigger scale when it comes to commercial breweries and so, they need a central control system which can do all of these processes like transferring wort into a mashing system and then transferring it into fermentation tanks automatically. A centralised control system can also monitor temperatures and regulate them when needed. What level of control system would be needed depends on the budget of the microbrewery and the quantity of beer produced.
8. PoS Technology
While the brewers are busy preparing the best craft beer in the town, the PoS system should be employed to manage the billing, inventory, sales, and staff. With the help of the PoS, the owners can closely manage inventory and understand when to brew the next fresh batch. Category and flavour-wise stock can be easily managed using the PoS.
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