Grain handling

Our grain & malt handling systems minimize dust, improve yields, and often pay for themselves in under a year. And with in-house engineering, fabrication, and service, our systems have some of the industry’s highest quality and lowest cost of ownership.

Storage

Conveying

Milling & Weighing 

Spent grain

STORAGE

SPECIALTY HOPPERS

We make all varieties of hoppers with custom features, shapes, and colors. Used for specialty brews and small breweries, specialty hoppers allow smaller portions of malt to be staged before grinding.
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BULK BAG UNLOADERS

Our specialty BBUs are the best in the industry. They facilitate the most efficient use of supersacks and come in low-profile, hoist & trolley, stainless steel, and other options.
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SILOS

Our silos are made-to-order with custom shapes, colors, and features. Also known as malt bins, silos store large quantities of malt, allowing bulk purchases and fewer loading instances.
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CONVEYING

AUGERS

An auger is a tube with a corkscrew-like shaft snaked through it. A motor rotates the shaft, progressing the grain. Flex augers use PVC tubing and a flexible shaft allowing angled sections. They are the cheaper conveying method but are hard on product and not modular.
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CHAIN DISKS

By pulling segmented disks through a tube, chain disk conveyors can transfer grain in special conditions like about consecutive tight corners. They can move grain more quickly than augers and are gentler on grain, improving yield.
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PNEUMATIC CONVEYORS

Using compressed air, pneumatic conveyors are for larger breweries or silo fill lines. They can move grain upwards of 4000 feet per minute but are expensive and very hard on product, especially malt. For this reason they’re typically used silo-mill or at low pressure between truck and silo.

CHAIN CONVEYORS

Chain conveyors are the fastest, gentlest method of conveying grain but are rarely used because they take up a lot of space and are expensive. But when possible they’re used to obtain the highest yields and consistency possible. Numerous chain configurations are available, allowing them to go up steep inclines.

 MILLING & WEIGHING

MILLS

The more finely malt is milled the greater the extract production but the more likely you will run into problems during wart separation and degradation during conveying. We carry up to quad-roller mills which grind up to 8,000 lbs./hr.
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SCALE PACKAGES

Our sister company, A-1 Scales, designs and calibrates all of our systems. The most common method used for automated portioning is a scale hopper, but different applications can call for different solutions.
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GRIST CASES

Grist cases are mini silos which relax mill schedules by staging grain after grinding and before mashing. This steel vessel is particularly crucial when a brewhouse shares a floor with the mill room. They’re made-to-order with custom shapes, colors, and features.
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SPENT GRAIN

SPENT GRAIN PUMPS

Spent grain is heavy and rich in bacteria as it was soaked but not boiled. Pumps are expensive but keep the workspace clean, save backs, reduce labor, and mitigiate liability. Because of inevitable dry runs and moisture inconsistency, we only recommend XERIC pumps.

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.

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT

DUST COLLECTION

Small, contained mill rooms can get by with frequent cleaning, but excessive airborne debris is hard on the lungs and creates cleanliness and safety issues, particularly when wet. Our solutions reduce hazards and always satisfy the latest NFPA regulations.

FLOOR SCALES

Simple floor scales are used for special batches, smaller quantities of ingredients added manually, and for small breweries.

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PROCESS CONTROLS

Controllers allow automation of various process functions. These controls can be as complex as needed and can dynamically auto-correct different stages of processes. Our standard solution comes with multiple inputs and pre-programmed recipes.

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