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  1. #1
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    Need help completing equipment list for a new brewery

    I am working on a brewery in planning feasibility study, and would appreciate some guidance on equipment needed.

    What other equipment would I need for a 3-5BBl brew brewery (probably steam) in addition to items listed below? The goal is to be taproom sales (75-100 seats)with limited distribution to start. List is exclusive of taproom equipment. There are so many things I want to make sure I am not missing anything I may need that would be a budget buster.
    I am just looking at basics right now…will work on correct sizing as I progress. If you see anything missing, please let me know. A budget is obviously on my mind. I know that all breweries are different, but trying to keep form having any big “gotcha” items pop up.

    Depending on budget, some of these things can be forgone initially and added after we make some sales.

    current plan is for about 300-400BBL/ yr

    We will probably just start with pitching dry yeast each batch until we get a yeast program going.

    Grain storage (shelving maybe)
    scale
    Grain mill w/ hopper and motor
    auger to mash tun for grains
    grist case
    grist hydrator
    boiler and associated equipment
    HLT size dependent on system
    Acidification system?
    brew house-probably skid mounted (all inclusive with pumps and piping, grain rake?)
    2 stage heat exchanger (very high ground water temp)
    on demand water heater (for cleaning) maybe some HLT duty
    hot water rated hoses and sprayer nozzles for cleaning
    pump cart w/ VFD
    keg washer
    kegs
    keg filling manifold
    cold storage for kegs
    draft system-(6-8 taps)
    flooring &floor drains
    Glycol system (for FVs and 2 stage heat exchanger (one big one or 2 separate ones?) control panel, solenoids, pump, piping)
    3-4 fermenters double batch sized
    1 brite tank, planning to carb in brite then transfer to kegs for serving
    Draft system. Goal is to have cold room on the opposite side of serving tap wall
    RO system (area has pretty bad water)
    RO storage tank (simple plastic water tank)
    CO2 tanks and associated piping
    Air compressor
    Brewer hoses
    Misc clamps spare parts
    Oxygen system
    CIP cart?
    PH Meter
    Pallet jack

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    You're going to want 2 types of scales. A big one for measuring grain/hops in pounds or kilos and a gram scale to measure your chemicals to treat your water. At that size, I wouldn't mess with a grist case and auger system.

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiter View Post
    I am working on a brewery in planning feasibility study, and would appreciate some guidance on equipment needed.

    What other equipment would I need for a 3-5BBl brew brewery (probably steam) in addition to items listed below? The goal is to be taproom sales (75-100 seats)with limited distribution to start. List is exclusive of taproom equipment. There are so many things I want to make sure I am not missing anything I may need that would be a budget buster.
    I am just looking at basics right now…will work on correct sizing as I progress. If you see anything missing, please let me know. A budget is obviously on my mind. I know that all breweries are different, but trying to keep form having any big “gotcha” items pop up.

    Depending on budget, some of these things can be forgone initially and added after we make some sales.

    current plan is for about 300-400BBL/ yr

    We will probably just start with pitching dry yeast each batch until we get a yeast program going.

    Grain storage (shelving maybe)
    scale
    Grain mill w/ hopper and motor
    auger to mash tun for grains
    grist case
    grist hydrator
    boiler and associated equipment
    HLT size dependent on system
    Acidification system?
    brew house-probably skid mounted (all inclusive with pumps and piping, grain rake?)
    2 stage heat exchanger (very high ground water temp)
    on demand water heater (for cleaning) maybe some HLT duty
    hot water rated hoses and sprayer nozzles for cleaning
    pump cart w/ VFD
    keg washer
    kegs
    keg filling manifold
    cold storage for kegs
    draft system-(6-8 taps)
    flooring &floor drains
    Glycol system (for FVs and 2 stage heat exchanger (one big one or 2 separate ones?) control panel, solenoids, pump, piping)
    3-4 fermenters double batch sized
    1 brite tank, planning to carb in brite then transfer to kegs for serving
    Draft system. Goal is to have cold room on the opposite side of serving tap wall
    RO system (area has pretty bad water)
    RO storage tank (simple plastic water tank)
    CO2 tanks and associated piping
    Air compressor
    Brewer hoses
    Misc clamps spare parts
    Oxygen system
    CIP cart?
    PH Meter
    Pallet jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by datomcat13 View Post
    You're going to want 2 types of scales. A big one for measuring grain/hops in pounds or kilos and a gram scale to measure your chemicals to treat your water. At that size, I wouldn't mess with a grist case and auger system.
    I was wondering about the grist case/auger , seems like overkill for a small system.

    I'll add the hop/chemical scale to the list.

    Thanks

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    How about some basic microbiology laboratory equipment like a 400 X microscope and equipment/supplies for doing serial dilutions and cell counts? Bench top pH meter and cal fluids. Yeast brink(s). Not big ticket items, but good to have on a list.


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    rotameter for carbonating in brite.

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