Basis established for a sustainable brewing process: From next year all new Steinecker brewhouses will be EquiTherm ready
Steinecker, the brewing technology expert at the Krones Group, has worked to ensure that the EquiTherm energy recovery system integrates directly or can be easily retrofitted in all of its new brewhouses from early 2022.
It has been ten years since Steinecker launched the EquiTherm energy recovery system, which is now used worldwide to sustainably produce around 65 million hectoliters of beer per year. The enormous popularity of EquiTherm is not surprising: by recovering excess energy from the hot wort, the primary energy demand is eliminated during the brewing process. This reduces the amount of energy required and improves the CO2 footprint in the brewing process: as a result, the consumption of thermal and electrical energy in the brewhouse can be reduced by up to 55% and 40%. respectively.
Breweries can also integrate the EquiTherm system into their existing brewhouses, whether or not the brewing equipment has been supplied by Steinecker. However, some effort is required for this: Necessary activities often include replacing sections that are not capable of running such a highly efficient recovery system.
New Steinecker brewhouses ready for EquiTherm as standard
The modernization of EquiTherm will be much easier in the future: given that all new Steinecker breweries purchased from 2022 will already be equipped for the EquiTherm system, which means that it should be relatively easy to modernize them without having to to actively select this option.
In other words, mash kettles, for example, will also come standard with energy recirculating hot water heating surfaces at the bottom, although they do not necessarily have to work with hot water. from the start. However, they will be able to provide the necessary efficiency to work with recovered low temperature hot water instead of steam as a heating medium in the future. Other components of the installation have also been designed for use with the energy recovery system. Basically, EquiTherm paves the way for low temperature brewing and therefore the Steinecker Brewnomic concept, which aims for climate neutrality.
CombiCube also equipped accordingly
All new breweries equipped with Steinecker equipment sold from 2022 will come with this new standard – so not only those that opt for a conventional brewhouse with brew sizes above 130 hectoliters, but also all those that produce smaller volumes and therefore rely on the compact CombiCube system. The modular brewery concept is suitable for cold wort volumes of 25 to 130 hectoliters per brew and is ideally suited to the needs of craft brewers and microbreweries – because sustainability also plays a key role for this target group during the brewing process.
Learn more about the energy recovery system, its history and the benefits for the brewing process in the online magazine Krones.