MATURATION TANKS – pressure vessels for a maturation of beer, cider or wine
Maturation horizontal tanks – non-insulated – single-jacked – cooled by air
The main fermentation process of the young beer , which intermediate is called green beer , follows the process of the maturation of beer in the maturation tanks (also lager tanks). During this production phase, the beer matures, or saturates with the carbon dioxide, which is formed of the remaining activity of yeast. This way the beer acquires savour.
Maturation is the longest stage of the beer production process. The length of the beer maturation depends on the chosen recipe, temperature and the set pressure in the maturation tank. Maturation of bottom fermented beers with EPM 10 % takes two to three weeks, light lager with EPM 12% at least 30 days, beer with special EPM above 12 % tekes 60 days up to several months.
The length of the maturation of beer, the batch size and frequency of its production is important for the decisions on the required number of maturation tanks in the brewery.
Maturation tanks are designed for max. overpressure 1.5 bar and they are pressure vessels according to PED (Directive 97/23/EC). According to customer request we can replace all the maturation tanks by serving tanks with a maximum pressure of 3.0 bar (pressure vessels) – then the microbrewery operator can bottle and serve beer from any pressurized lager tank without pumping beer into dedicated serving tanks.
Equipment of the lager tank / maturation beer tank (non-insulated, horizontal, cooled with air) :
Characteristics of maturation tanks in this version :
Maturation tanks with single-jacket
Simple and cheap non-insulated tanks , cooled by cold air. The traditional way of cooling in a lager cellar . The advantage is low cost, but there is also number of disadvantages: high cooling energy demands (it can be affected by the quality of the thermal insulation of walls in the lager cellar) , the impossibility of controlling the maturation ( it is not possible to set different temperatures in individual tanks ), low comfort of work in the lager cellar ( cellar workers are working in very cold and humid environment which is not conducive to their health and working condition ).
It is necessary to note that for the brewery cellar with single-shell tanks it is needed to create a cooling box, a room with very good insulation of walls and ceiling and with a refrigerator door. The operating costs of cooling are particularly during the summer months, possibly year-round in tropical areas, significantly higher than the lager cellar with insulated tanks cooled by liquid. These increased costs to the building and operation usually outweigh the savings from buying cheaper technology brewery.
In contrast, the solution is usually advantageous for air cooling Microbrewery what need to create a refrigerated storage area for filled kegs or bottles of beer, and have not a dedicated storage room. In this case, together with the beer for sale are simultaneously cooled also lager tanks.
Maturation tanks horizontal
The advantage is saving place. In the same area we can place a greater number of tanks, if they are arranged in the battery, i.e. in several rows one above another. The disadvantage is the difficult cleaning and sanitation of the tanks stored too low or too high. Battery tanks are difficult to clean from outside – on inaccessible surfaces of tanks organic contaminants may accumulate and contaminate the produced beer.
We produce horizontal non-insulated maturation / bright beer tanks in several standard product lines :
Our wide range of produced bright beer tanks allows you to select the optimum tank dimensions as layout space.
Properties wider tanks with small lenght of cylindrical part:
- A gradual temperature curve during the transition from primary fermentation the beer maturation (smaller heat transfer area, lower cooling effect)
- They are less demanding in terms of height space.
Properties slender tanks with large height of cylindrical part:
- steep temperature curve during the transition from primary fermentation the beer maturation (larger heat transfer area, the greater the cooling effect)
- They are more demanding in terms of height space
We also produce bright beer tanks other than the standard sizes . We can customize almost any tanks spatial dispositions and needs.