Measuring flow rate and original wort concentration for consistently high beer quality
From the brewery to the fermentation cellar – the flow, temperature and concentration of your beer needs to be measured continuously throughout the brewing process to guarantee consistent taste and alcohol content in every batch. Wort is boiled in the wort copper at temperatures of more than 80° Celsius, which denatures and settles the malt enzymes originally contained in the brew. The evaporation of water during boiling concentrates the wort to the original wort specific to each variety. The original wort is determined at the end of the boiling process. A heat exchanger cools the wort to the temperature required for adding yeast and it is then fed into the fermentation tank for fermentation.
Reliable system measurement and control
Your machines should reliably and economically keep brewing processes within the defined optimum efficiency ranges. Bürkert can provide you comprehensive support with development expertise and extensive product portfolio for liquid control, for example the FLOWave Type 8098 flow and concentration meter. The great advantage of this innovative flow meter: It combines two to three conventional sensors into one and measures the flow rate, original wort content, temperature and liquid properties throughout the brewing process. This allows you to reduce overall costs and intelligently automate processes.
Optimize energy consumption through efficient solutions for condensate measurement
The challenge every master brewer faces
The technical equipment in your brewery requires steam or hot water for brewing, pasteurisation, sterilisation, washing and cleaning. The challenge: Excessive energy consumption reduces profits and unnecessarily consumes resources. You can only work efficiently if you know the exact amount of energy for each step in the brewing process. By processing measurement data in a heat quantity calculator, you can receive real-time process data.
Why conventional condensate measurement methods have disadvantages
Conventional solutions consist of two temperature sensors in the supply and return lines, a flowmeter for steam and a heat quantity calculator. However, these components are complicated to install and the high temperatures cause them to wear more quickly.
Flow measurement with SAW technology is the solution
The FLOWave Type 8098 can measure the amount and temperature of condensate. If you optimise energy flow with these measurement results you can increase the efficiency of your plant – and improve your energy balance. The Bürkert FLOWave Type 8098 flow sensor measures not only flow rates but also the temperatures and wort gravity – thereby ensuring the beer keeps flowing with the known quality. Your production benefits: your brewing plants work all the more efficiently after optimisation. Since FLOWave measures liquids conductivity independently, you can also easily determine the amount of heat in condensate. This gives you a decisive advantage: with the Bürkert system solution you can identify and optimise the energy consumption of individual consumers in the production process.
Find out the advantages of non-contact flow measurement in this webinar recording
Digital spindling? Measuring original gravity with the FLOWave non-contact flowmeter:
Speakers: Felix Becker, Hendrik Faustmann
8 reasons why your brewing plant works more efficiently with FLOWave
Measure original wort continuously to save time and money
Conventional flow rate sensors are unable to measure original wort concentration. As such, master brewers have to collect samples manually, cool the samples and use a hydrometer to measure the wort – twice per batch on average. With FLOWave, you can automatically measure the flow rate and original wort concentration as the beer flows, thereby easily enhancing the efficiency of your brewing plant.
System with manual measuring method System with continuous automated measurement
Condensate: Discover your savings potential!
Conventional solutions are often complicated to install and entail very high purchasing costs. Instead of having a flow sensor, a heat quantity calculator and two temperature sensors, you can simply install FLOWave.
Installed on the condensate line, this compact solution alongside a temperature sensor in the steam line reliably detects your energy quantities – as well as potential impurities caused by possible cracks in the heat exchanger. In addition to energy efficiency, we do everything to ensure that your plant enjoys a long service life.
Videos on operation and more
Installation and operation made easy: Here you will find a large selection of videos on the FLOWave Type 8098.
FLOWave SAW flowmeter
- No obstacles inside the measuring tube, compact, lightweight and low energy consumption
- Conforms to hygienic requirements, CIP/SIP compatible
- Ideal for liquids with low or no conductivity
- Digital communication, parameterisation via Communicator, display and Wi-Fi
- Optional: ATEX certification, II 3G/D