Beer Pasteurization Solutions for Modern Breweries

We offer services for the implementation of a new or updating of an existing pasteurizing beer process in a brewery. Your problems will be solved by experts with more than 15 years of experience in the leading company AB InBev. We bring together the best passionate plant-operating engineers with brewery owners.
Beer Pasteurizering Process

What is the problem with pasteurization

Beer contains a large number of yeast microorganisms; therefore, without heating it is not stored for a long time.

Pasteurization is necessary to prevent the active reproduction of fungi and lactic acid bacteria, which changes the taste and reduces the safety of the drink.

Heating helps extend the shelf life of the product.
During pasteurization, the liquid is subjected to short-term heating to temperatures above 60ºС and below 100ºС, and then quickly cooled. The main problem in this process is how to destroy the microorganisms without losing the taste of the beer. The "boiled" drink, as well as the quickly fermented one, will return to the brewer’s warehouse.

Any return of beer leads to following losses:
  • reputation — decline of consumer and partner confidence;
  • commercial — sales losses, fines for low-quality product;
  • legal — claims for violation of the terms of the contract, as well as from the side of sanitary and supervisory authorities.

Gentle pasteurization of beer has many nuances. The owner of the brewery wants to get equipment for its implementation, which will provide a stable quality of the drink without a noticeable increase in the cost.

Engineer-in-chief expects the production industrial beer pasteurizer to be reliable and energy efficient. For a quality specialist, microbiological safety and the taste of beer after heating come first.

For a plant-operating engineer, equipment performance and adaptability are important. He needs an pasteurizer that will cover existing needs on the line and can be adapted to new recipes or production volumes.

All the problems and motives of the brewery workers can be reduced to one question "Which model of equipment to buy?"

Types of industrial beer pasteurizers

In fact, there are only two types of pasteurizing-cooling plants:
Flush pasteurizer
The product itself (liquid) is heated in it, passing through the heat exchanger. It is then held at a given temperature for the required time. After that, the flow is directed to the regeneration and cooling section, where the liquid is cooled for further bottling.
Tunnel pasteurizer
Is used for heating of the product already poured into cans or bottles.
But there are a lot of pasteurizers modifications, and hence the differences in the price of different models of equipment.
Plants vary in performance. A 500 litre per hour beer pasteurizer costs more than a 300 litre\hour pasteurizer or 200 litre\hour.

Equipment can have a different number of sections. The simplest models consist of regeneration and pasteurization sections. In complex six-section devices, the cooler, outlet for separation, outlet for homogenization, regeneration section, pasteurization, production of superheated water are separated. Some models are equipped with built-in CIP washers.

Different modifications have differences in the types of heat exchangers: tube-type or plate-type, the number of pumps.

Pasteurizers also differ in the degree of automation: from a single-channel controller to a fully functional industrial computer with recording and control of all pasteurization parameters. The price of individual options such as an automatic pressure maintenance unit or a flow meter can account for a large portion of the equipment cost.

We will help you choose the right pasteurizer for your production without overpaying for functions you do not need.
Who are we?
We are Viravix Engineering Company, a community of the best plant-operating engineers in the brewing industry. Our specialists have been gaining experience at AB InBev for more than 15 years, where they have raised through the ranks from an ordinary employee regional expert, responsible for 12 breweries in different regions. We are known in the industry by our names and are told about our work through word of mouth.
We use the safety, quality and energy standards of the best world practices of international manufacturers in the design of equipment.
Our partner is the Elaks Company, whose specialists have been engaged in turnkey industrial automation for almost 30 years. They performed projects for Nestlé, Wimm-Bill-Dann and other major players in the food industry and the pharmaceutical market.
What will you get in cooperation with us?
At the stage of selection and approval of engineering solution:
  • individual approach in solving equipment design issues;
  • design and engineering of pasteurizer based on the total cost of operation calculations;
  • making changes to the pasteurizer based on an accurate 3D model and specifications;
  • workshop with your specialists to study the issues of equipment design, safety and ease of use.
These are not leaves without figs. We will confirm our qualifications and experience with the necessary documents, cases.

Possible solutions to improve the pasteurization process

First, we will install a monitoring system and, based on its data we will analyze the existing pasteurization and filling process.

Without initial data, it is difficult to give recommendations on ways to improve the microbiological condition of beer.
Based on the results of the observation, we will offer possible solutions. What we can do:

  1. Analyze the causes of poor-quality cleaning of the device with the development of further actions to improve the quality of cleaning.
  2. Install a new or upgrade an existing pasteurizer for the purpose of high-quality processing of the product, increasing productivity, expanding the pasteurization modes.
  3. Identify the causes of increased fluid losses and develop measures to reduce resource consumption.
  4. Automate the pasteurization process.
  5. Install a monitoring system for pasteurization processes and data archiving.
  6. Automate CIP programs for cleaning the pasteurizer.
  7. Optimize pasteurization processes with possible replacement of units and software upgrade.

What you need from the list, we will find out after studying the initial data on your production site.
What result you will have?
Our experts love what they do. Let them show what they can do and they will provide you with:

  • reliable operation of the equipment for stable quality of the final product;
  • pasteurizer upgrade in order to automate the processes of pasteurization and cleaning;
  • monitoring of preset and actual pasteurization parameters;
  • table operation of pasteurization equipment with minimal heat load to preserve the taste of beer;
  • heat exchanger upgrade to increase the regeneration section in order to reduce energy consumption;
  • installation of a monitoring system with an HMI diagram option for convenient process analysis and the ability to upload data to Excel;
  • automatic performance adjustment, depending on the volume in the buffer;
  • installation of a block of lanterns with the ability to automatically switch between bright beer tanks

You will determine for yourself what of the above is needed in your brewery, based on the results of the data from the analysis. At a minimum, you will know the bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement.
Your additional benefits
We will design, deliver, mount and provide commissioning of the pasteurizer. Additionally, we will train your specialists so that they are not "afraid" of new devices.

Any engineer knows: "The more complex the installation, the easier it is to break it."
You can also get:

  1. Extended equipment warranty.
  2. The ability to purchase components at the same price as for Viravix — an engineering company
  3. Performing the installation work using your own resources to reduce the cost of the project.
  4. Remote access unit (IBH Link IoT) for 24/7 connection to the pasteurizer.
  5. Remote commissioning of equipment with responsibility for the result. In this case, you save on travel expenses for engineers.

Send a request to Viravix Engineering in any convenient way, and our specialists will contact you. Or call if you have any questions.