Hose pumps for brewery industry - Food and Beverage

Breweries, whether large or small, are driven by the two key requirements of plant profitability and consistent product quality. In order to satisfy these goals, it is important that equipment and machinery used in the process is of the highest standard. Pumps in particular should perform as expected, be reliable and easy to maintain and of course have a low cost of ownership.

Breweries, whether large or small, are driven by the two key requirements of plant profitability and consistent product quality. In order to satisfy these goals, it is important that equipment and machinery used in the process is of the highest standard. Pumps in particular should perform as expected, be reliable and easy to maintain and of course have a low cost of ownership.

Albin pump will be find where volumetric accuracy and reliability combined with a gentle, low shear pumping action and simple, sealless, valveless, low-maintenance construction has led to their use on a variety of duties.

Reliable, low-cost transfer of fluids within breweries demands the correct pump selection. Yeast, finings and other additives must be pumped accurately and reliably. The abrasive nature of these fluids can cause wear in traditional pumps resulting in loss of performance and high maintenance. Albin Hose pumps maintain fluid quality and provide maximum pump uptime.

Superior handling of yeast and additives without damage, low shear action

In fermentation room at many Albin hose pumps are used on the yeast cropping lines. The pumps draw settled yeast from the bottom of conical fermentation vessels and deliver to centrifuges where the high gravity beer is extracted and yeast is recycled for further use, either in brewing or in the manufacture of products such as Marmite.

Consistent pump performance with minimal slip despite wide variation in the viscosity of the pumped product is crucial to the success of the operation. When the pump starts, the yeast at the bottom of the vessel is highly viscous - up to 3000cP with solids content up to 75%. At the end of the cycle, viscosity is water-like with solid content minimal.

ALH65 pumps replace trolley-mounted lobe-rotor pumps, which, using flexible hoses, were wheeled from tank to tank. The Albin Hose pumps however are installed permanently with suction pipework and valving design so that each can serve several tanks.

Improved accuracy for pitching and dosing additives and flavourings

Accuracy to 0.5% and 99% repetability

Throughout the modern brewery, many chemicals are dosed into the production process to optimise yields and eliminate process variability to deliver stable final product quality. Typical dosed products include additives such as:

  • Hop Oil
  • Finings
  • Caustic Soda
  • Aluminium Sulphate
  • Ferrous Sulphide
  • Powder Activated Carbon (PAC).

These additives have common properties that make peristaltic pumps an ideal dosing solution, they can be particularly abrasive and have a relatively high viscosity. Both of these factors can lead to high maintenance costs and downtime.