Date: 5 September 2019
Room: IBA Trade Hub
A properly designed refrigeration system, sized and installed by a specialised refrigeration contractor with extensive experience in the brewing industry, will significantly reduce the cost per HL of beer produced. It protects brewers from the frustration, heartache and financial strains caused by an unreliable and inefficient refrigeration system down the line
It’s a main cost driver for the operational side of the business through power use (typically from 35-65% of annual energy consumption) and maintenance expenses. If it’s too small, large, or not designed for Australia, you can create cost, quality, and/or wear and tear problems.
In this presentation, we will demonstrate some fundamental relationships for heat transfer with the refrigeration system, the impact of ambient climate conditions on equipment sizing, the use of secondary refrigerants and best practice to combine future growth potential during equipment procurement with the issue of part loads during the initial development of the brewery. Audience members will leave with a better understanding of what to look out for when procuring chiller equipment, and that just looking at the data labels on chiller equipment is often not a suitable option when setting up or expanding the brewery.