Beer production: equipment selection

Food industry Alcoholic drinks

A wide selection of equipment suppliers is presented on the Russian market. The choice of his business is not easy. The price does not always correspond to the quality, and the quality is not always guaranteed by the experience of the manufacturer.

Depending on the volume of production, the factories are divided into micro and mini factories: a plant producing 50 to 500 liters of beer per day is MICRO - a brewery; factory with a capacity of 500 to 15, 000 liters - MINI - brewery. The beer production process at a microbrewery is much simpler than at a mini brewery. Hence the difference in the cost of equipment. The most popular brand in Russia is the home breweries Teddy Beer. The domestic brand Concord also enjoys a good reputation, whose microbreweries are not inferior to their British counterparts.

The set of micro - brewery must include:

• capacity for primary fermentation

• technological capacity

• set of laboratory equipment

• beer transfusion system

The quality of the equipment offered does not always depend on the manufacturer’s experience, the price also does not always correspond to the quality. Mini-breweries of reputable European firms are more expensive than domestic ones, and Eastern Europe (primarily the Czech Republic) is sometimes able to offer equipment no worse than Western European, better than domestic, but at a price much lower than that of Germans or Austrians. The dimensions of the mini-brewery are determined by the customer. The most popular plants with a capacity of 1, 000 liters per day.

Below is a table of prices for equipment for minibreweries from different manufacturers.


A country

Price, USD

Integrated geha


650, 000



527, 000

O.Salm & Co.


500, 000



320, 000



170, 000

Elevar NGO


220, 000

A malt extract plant costs slightly less. So, for example, a brewery with a capacity of 600 liters per day of the Moscon company, working on malt extract, costs 99, 400 USD, and on malt - 140, 000 USD.

There is a certain list of technological and auxiliary equipment for a mini-brewery, without which you can’t make beer.

• crusher for malt;

• mash-cooker;

• filtration apparatus;

• water heater;

• pump for mash and wort, hot water;

• electric steam generator;

• hydrocyclone apparatus;

• heat exchanger;

• dispensing containers;

• pumps for young and finished beer;

• refrigeration unit with an ice maker;

• fermentation tanks;

• yeast vats;

• control and monitoring panel.

All this is usually included in the package.

When choosing equipment, experienced professionals recommend taking an interest in the following points:

a) the output of hot wort for cooking;

b) is it possible to use the decoction method when cooking?

c) is it possible to cook wort under pressure?

d) is there a virlpool in the sentence?

e) Do all tanks have double walls made of stainless steel with polyurethane foam insulation?

e) is room cooling required?

g) is the brewery productivity calculated on the basis of the 1st week of basic fermentation and 3 weeks of maturation and maturation?

h) pay attention to how the wort is cooked; Direct heating cannot be used!

i) check if there are enough tanks of finished beer for the filling rack.

The choice of raw materials for beer production is primarily influenced by the recipe. Any variety of this drink is brewed from malt, hops, yeast and water. Water for beer production should be soft. Usually mini-breweries are equipped with special equipment to bring water to the required condition.

The main product that brewers have to deal with is bitter hops (destroys bacteria that damage the taste of beer). Sold by weight of alpha acid (pure bitter substance) that it contains.

Aromatic hops are much more expensive. It is important oils that give a special hop flavor to beer. The use of aromatic hops is greatly influenced by the recipe, it is used much less often and purchased in smaller quantities.

Malt production is an independent and rather profitable business associated with brewing. Light beer is made from light or medium color malt. Dark varieties are cooked from dark caramel malt, which is obtained by roasting the malt, and caramelized sugar in it.

50 tons of malt of German origin is sold at a price of approximately 0.55 USD per kilogram. Under the same conditions, American Type 90 granular bitter hops will cost $ 59 per kilogram of pure alpha acid. But it is important to consider that you can buy these goods at the indicated price only in large lots (from 50 tons) at the border.

If your factory’s capabilities are not large and you are not able to buy raw materials in bulk, you can purchase raw materials through equipment suppliers (though in this case it rises in price almost one and a half times), or you can seek help from giant breweries that can sell you malt and hops are a little more expensive than they bought themselves, or cooperate with a dozen other mini-breweries and purchase raw materials in large quantities.

The source of additional income at the brewery may well be the sale of protein-rich waste to a livestock farm.

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