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New or used equipment’s – best approach when purchasing microbrewery equipments

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In India, the concept of microbrewery is in its early  stages. That is why there are not much used equipments available at present. So, whenever we talk about used equipments we look at the equipment which are originally designed for other industries. It could be dairies, soft drink plants, etc., where only some of the processing equipments can be used. The other option is to import the used equipment from markets like China or East Europe.

Now let’s have a look at the new equipments. There are few provider/suppliers are available in India or you can look at some other countries also for suppliers. Before we invite the proposal from suppliers, we should be very clear and specific about our requirements with detailed specifications. The more we nail down the details, the less is the margin of error and fewer changes during the course of construction which will result in less extra charges.

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Following are the set of points which should be considered while planning for microbrewery equipments:

  • How many different Beers do you plan on brewing
  • How many brews would you be comfortable brewing per week (One brew generally takes upto 8 hours)
  • What will be the yearly capacity of microbrewery – It could be 200 Litres to 1000 Litres Beer per day.
  • Space required for brewing equipments.
  • What would be the outer finish of equipments – Stainless steel (It would be the cheapest and easiest to maintain), Copper expensive and hardest to maintain, but best looking) or Stainless steel with copper bands.
  • Where and how to consider integrating some used equipment.
  • Costing – equipments and its installation.
  • Packaging – Bottles/cans and their sizes.

Please feel free to write me if you require any other  information related to microbrewery equipments.


Why Microbrewery Beer?

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why microbrewery beerLike many others I always prefer to have fresh Beer from Brewpubs over the commercial Beer. A true Beer lover will tell you that some of the world’s best Beer comes from microbreweries. The reason being is the microbrewery have that inclination of liberty, innovation and experimentation with the flavor and taste, that is why microbrewing beer is not only my favourite but famous all around the world.

Fresh Beer  is what that appeals  to customers along with the ambience, environment and food at restaurant/bar. That is why many microbreweries, specially Brewpubs are coming up in India. Being in the Beer industry I have travelled places and interacted with many Beer lovers. There are many reasons for which they prefer microbrewery Beer over commercial Beer. Some of them are mentioned below:

1. Taste –  Unlike mass produced Beer, microbrewery Beer has extremely good and strong taste. They have the different tastes/flavours to choose from.  Its kind of more customized and tasty Beer.

2. Freshness – Beer  is a perishable foodstuff. It deteriorates as a result of the action of bacteria, light, and air. Fresh, well-brewed beer that has not travelled at all will invariably taste better than an equivalent beer that left the brewery a few months ago.

3.Natural and health friendly ingredients – Most mass produced ones have preservatives and sometimes as bad as glycerin. Since microbrewery produce limited amount of Beer only so they use right add up of ingredients with less use of preservatives and other artificial constituents.

4. Pricing – Comparatively low pricing with highest quality. What else a Beer lover could ask  for.

5. The process – Commercial Beer is fully pasteurized and filtered before it is bottled. While the microbrewery Beer goes through no such process, and is served directly. That is why there is a strange and pleasant flavor remains in microbrewery Beer.

Well, this is my thinking and preference of microbrew Beer. What do you think?

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May 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm