Here is what I have so far:
Energy Costs (First Year of Production)
Electrical: 10-15 KWH/BBL
Natural gas: 1.3 therms/BBL
Water usage: 3.0-7.0 BBL per BBL of beer sold
$0.07 per kilowatt (local rate) x 15 = $1.05 to make a barrel
1000 bbls (made in the first year) x $1.05 = $1050 per year x 1.73(for three phase power) = 1816.50
1.3 therms x 1000 barrels a year = 1300
1300 therms x $0.14 per therm = $182 per year
So what am I doing wrong with the natural gas? Does the electric bill look accurate? I have seen similiar but some others that are much higher.
The last brewery (20BBL system) I worked at had an electric bill of about $1500 per month from day one for about the first six months. Then it slowly increased to about $2000 per month. that was at about 3000BBL in the 3rd year.
Are you including your cold box and other peripheral gear that uses electricity?
Using a kilowatt per BBL hasn't seemed to work in the real world as far as I have seen, because your electricity usage is not linear in a brewery. You can brew 10,000 BBL and have the same cold box sucking the same energy as a 2000BBL brewery... although you can likely get a decent estimate.
Any other people seeing similar scenarios like me?
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Out of curiosity, where are you getting your initial numbers from? Here's what JVNW has on their web site for planning purposes:Originally Posted by zachj9292
Electrical 20 - 35 kWh/bbl
Natural Gas 2 - 3.7 Thermos/bbl
Water 6 - 8 BBL's water/bbl beer produced
Refrigeration 10 - 20 BTU chiller capacity/bbl yearly capacity
Last edited by ChesterBrew; 04-06-2012 at 12:40 PM.
Originally Posted by ChesterBrew
I got that info off this forum a long time ago and just pasted it into my business plan. I could have sworn that they got it from jvnw but who knows.
I couldn't find the post though.
So here's the new numbers:
.07 per kw x 35 = 2.45 to make a barrel
1000 bbls (made in first year) x 2.45 = 2450 x 1.73 (for 3phase power) = 4238
as the annual electric bill for brewing.
3.7 therms x 1000 bbls =3700
3700 x .14 per therm = 518 annually for natural gas.
I have yet to figure out costs for the cold box and other energy requirements for your average industrial building (I don't have a location picked out, still planning). Any insights? I know that is a huge question but just putting bits and pieces together helps
thanks for the info