SPX gets the beer flowing
Brewfist had some clear processing goals when it looked to expand its brew house near Milan, Italy. These included ensuring that oxygen pickup between the end of the fermentation process and bottle filling was no greater than 30ppb, reducing process time, and ensuring consistent quality without making the beer too ‘yeasty’.
SPX Flow’s Seital Separation Technology brand offers technology to produce high quality separation and clarification in compact solutions. To assist Brewfist in meeting its production goals, a Seital clarifier with a hermetic mechanical seal designed to minimise the risk of oxidation was utilised. The Seital technology went beyond original requirements and expectations, producing oxygen pickup of less than 10ppb, which has resulted in high levels of consistency in terms of product clarity and lower yeast content.
Production time for fermentation at Brewfist has been reduced from 16 to 11 days and maturation time from six weeks to three to four weeks. This improvement in productivity means that annual capacity can be increased to meet growing market demands without investment in additional tanks.