SERVING TANKS / BRIGHT BEER TANKS – preparing beer for consumption and distribution
Horizontal serving tanks/bright beer tanks , non-insulated , single-jacked , cooled by air
After completion of the maturing phase of production in maturing tanks or cylindrical-conical tanks ( depending on the selected fermentation technology ) the beer is tapped into the serving tanks. Service tanks, also called bright beer tanks, are the containers structurally identical to maturing tanks.
Their typical feature is the certification for pressure 3.0 bar , since for their main function, which is filling the transport packaging ( kegs, bottles ) and draught beer ( in the adjacent restaurant ), it is necessary to keep beer under a higher pressure than is used in maturing tanks.
Serving tanks / Bright beer tanks that are manufactured and supplied for our breweries are the same construction as the maturing tanks . It means that any maturing tank can also be used as a serving one and vice versa. This solution simplifies and accelerates the process of beer production because it is not necessary to pump beer from storage tanks to service tanks but simply by increasing the pressure in the maturing tank we can change its service in a few seconds without other interventions.
Function of the bright beer tank is gaining its importance especially in breweries, from which the beer is filtered and subsequently distributed in bottles and transport in barrels to other restaurants or to sale networks . After completion of maturation , the beer is filtered and subsequently tapped into serving tanks.
Here the beer is left to calm down, for several hours or days , without further intervention . From the serving tank after increased pressure in the tank it is subsequently tapped into shipping containers into the contra-pressure, to avoid the loss of the carbon dioxide from the beverage.
Characteristics of bright beer tanks in this version (serving tanks):
Serving 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.
Serving 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. 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 – in 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:
- 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:
- Larger heat transfer area, the greater the cooling effect
- They are more demanding in terms of height space
Price list and technical description of the horizontal non-insulated serving tanks :
We also produce bright beer tanks other than the standard sizes . We can customize almost any tanks spatial dispositions and needs.