Florida Beer Company Success Story
Andritz ArtBREW Customer Success Story
The Challenge: Simplify The Filtration System And Improve Performance
Every drop of beer counts, as do its quality and consistency, and at the Florida Beer Company, they know this very well.
The Florida Beer Company, established in 2003, extended its activities in 2011 when various small companies were consolidated to form one single organization in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
After consolidation in the new plant, the company started innovating and thinking about a new technological solution for filtration.
Until then, they had used DE (diatomaceous earth) filtration and experienced high costs for cleaning operations and filtration waste disposal. This process was generally complex and not very satisfactory from the performance point of view. The challenge for the Florida Beer Company was to simplify the filtration system while maintaining or even improving performance.
The ideal solution would be innovative separation technology, flexible and easy to operate, and technology that would increase yields and reduce operating costs while maintaining or even improving the quality of the beer produced.
The Solution: A Flexible And Compact Clarification Skid
Taking all their needs into account, Andritz proposed a comprehensive and customised solution to Florida Beer: a clarification skid configured to fit perfectly into the existing facilities.
The skid comprises two units. One for the clarifier and one for pumps, valves, and instrumentation. The clarifier, model CA 201 V, is equipped with KO₂ knock out oxygen – the hydro hermetic device designed by ANDRITZ to minimize oxygen pick-up in the processed beer.
The beer clarifier skid is integrated into a fully automatic CIP (cleaning in place) system so there is no need to disassemble the equipment to keep it clean. In addition, the colour touch panel with graphic visualization of the clarification process makes the skid very easy to handle by any operator.
As a very flexible system, the beer clarifier skid is compact in size, easy to install, and quick to start up. Florida Beer needed only 24 hours to get the machine running and three days to generate finished product.
Results: Beer Quality And Yield At Their Best
✔ +6% higher yield
✔ From 9 hours → 105 minutes to process one fermentation tank
✔ -20% in labour costs
Thanks to the beer clarifier skid from ANDRITZ, the Florida Beer Company was able to improve performance far beyond their expectations.
Compared to their previous filtration system, they could achieve a 6% higher yield and improve the flavour profile of the beer.
In terms of processing times, it would take 9 hours to process one fermentation tank from start to finish with the DE filtration system, however, the same tank can now be processed in around 105 minutes with the beer clarifier skid, which is a 500% increase in performance.
With their new beer clarifier skid, Florida Beer achieved a 20% reduction in labour costs.
They eliminated filters, and reduced the waste to be disposed of. That not only means cost savings, but also an environmentally friendly process.
Furthermore, the noise level was reduced compared to DE filtration and vibration was eliminated. A longer shelf life was also achieved for bottled product as a result of the minimized oxygen pick-up.
“We are absolutely satisfied with our new beer clarifier skid. ANDRITZ really helped us in making our business grow, and I would recommend it to all breweries that are looking for greater success.”
LUKE ERDODY Director of brewing operations, Florida Beer Company
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