When it comes to cleanup, it’s important to have systems in place that requires minimal effort because that’s how much effort brewers will want to give it. Because of spent grain’s tendency to dry hard and spoil fast, tanks should be cleaned frequently and spent pickups made daily, especially if being sold as feed. We make this process smooth and simple, just like it should be.
SPENT GRAIN PUMPS
Spent grain is heavy and rich in bacteria, as it was soaked but never reached boiling temperature. Pumps are expensive but significantly improve the brewing experience. They keep the workspace clean, save backs, reduce labor, and mitigiate liability. Because of inevitable gaps in product flow caused by rake speed or forgetfulness, only pumps with metal, double-helix cavities should be used.
SPENT GRAIN SILOS
Any type of steel silo is acceptable for storing spent grain; the important things are capacity and cone slope (typically 60°). Ideally they will be raised enough that trucks can get under them and will store 2 days’-worth of grain in case pick-ups are missed or there are unexpected increases in production.
TRANSFER PUMPS & PORTABLE CIPs
Clean In Place systems allow the interior cleaning of assembled hoses, tanks, fittings, and vessels without taking everything apart. This can be done by pumping in hot water from the hot liquor tank or using portable tanks.
Washdown systems need to be able to withstand rough use and high temperatures. Like all industrial equipment they can be expensive, but buying quality hoses and parts will save money and headaches in the long run.
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