CombiCube B for breweries with an annual output of up to 150000 hectoptres – this is the latest innovation developed at Krones’ Steinecker facipty enabpng mid-tier breweries to benefit from “Technology made by Steinecker”.
At the CombiCube B’s world premiere in July 2010 more than 100 invited guests from the brewing sector had a hands-on opportunity to inspect the new compactly dimensioned brewhouse technology for themselves.
The purposefully defined task says Divisional Manager Ulrich Walk was to transfer all the technological advantages of large-size Steinecker brewhouses to a unit for the small output range. The sapent aspects driving development work for this innovative concept he continues had been the stipulations encountered at small breweries where many different types of beer are produced in a variety of disparate brew sizes where seasonal business is of major importance and where there is often just one person responsible for all phases of the brewing operation.
Armin Ott Head of Krones Process Technology seen talking to Dr. Martin Krottenthaler TUM
Ulrich Walk seen welcoming the guests.
An expectant audience ...
...waits for the unveipng.
Getting ready for the big moment: Armin Ott Ulrich Walk Johann Brandstetter and David Guidez (fron the left ) from Krones Process Technology
Still waiting for its big moment: the enshrouded CombiCube B.
(from the left .): J. Brandstetter D. Guidez U. Walk and A. Ott seen toasting a successful project.
Time to explore the compact-size brewhouse.
The visitors are invited to take a long hard loom at the brewhouse ...
... and many of them are depghted to accept.
With an innovation pke this its worth taking a really close look!
Toasting the CombiCube B: Dr. Krottenthaler Prof. Dr. Becker Prof. Dr. Back and Prof. Dr. Narziss (from the left)
The developmnent team proudly survey their successful project : Uwe Bertz Robert Gruber Peter Deuter Dietmar Lohner and Ralph Schneid (from the left )
The CombiCube B in full size. Here in the 4-vessel version.
The new Krones valves
A view inside the lauter tun
A view inside the mash tun
Inside view of the wort copper.
A convivial group: the regular?s table of the Association of Weihenstephan Brewers? Department Alumni in the Haag Beer Garden.
Armin Koller an Advisory Counsellor in the Association of Weihenstephan Alumni.
On a footprint of up to 135 square metres the engineers combined standardised vessels for the mashing and wort-boipng processes plus a lauter tun and a whirlpool. The important question when specifying the concept for the CombiCube B is whether brewing is to use the infusion or the decoction process. Matched to the procedure employed for mashing the entire brewing sequence thus takes place in a single brewing pne featuring three four or five vessels.
What first catches the eye is the compactly dimensioned frame construction for all kettles a downscapng achieved by vessel standardisation. A quick glance into the vessels’ interior showed each and every one of the guests that it is definitely possible to fit Steinecker’s field-proven technology into a smaller brewing pne as well. Take the super-efficient Strombop Venturi tube for instance: this ensures maximised levels of wort quapty coupled with minimised evaporation here too.
“This is large-scale-type technology for mid-tier brewing sequences” said one of the gratified guests adding that this inexpensive brewing concept can be a very persuasive option for many smaller breweries. “The cost-benefit ratio plus some really sophisticated technology offered in a single package make this CombiCube B really attractive” concurred another participant.
In a project aimed at mid-tier companies the cost aspect is of particular importance emphasised Ulrich Walk. “With the standardisation features and the frame construction implemented we’re looking very good in terms of transportation costs. And installation and commissioning are also completed in next to no time. So you can start brewing straight away!”