5 Tips for Designing a Brewery Boiler Room
One of the most overlooked aspects of brewing beer is the brewery steam boiler. Obviously, making a good beer is about finding the right mix of ingredients, but breweries need steam to boil water, sterilize important instruments, and when the beer is poured into kegs. In short, the boiler room at any brewery is an essential part of the operation, so breweries of all sizes need to make sure their boiler room is top-notch. Here are a few tips on how to make that happen.
Use Small Boilers
Unless you run one of the biggest breweries in the world, odds are space in your brewery will be at a premium. This makes it imperative to have a small, compact boiler that can get the job done without taking up a lot of space. Remember, the less space you take up with your boiler, the more room you have for other things that can help you grow your business. When it comes to finding a compact boiler that can meet the steam needs of a brewery, look no further than Miura’s LX model, which is small enough to fit through a doorway and is roughly 50% the size of most fire tube boilers. Miura’s EX model is only about 33% the size of traditional boilers, but it can also be a good choice for a brewery in need of a small but powerful boiler.
Get Started Quickly
At small craft breweries, time is money, so you need a boiler that can start producing steam as quickly as possible. While conventional fire tube boilers can take up to an hour to start producing large volumes of steam, Miura’s modular boilers can reach peak capacity within five minutes of a cold startup. All you have to do is turn the lights on, turn your Miura boiler on, and in a few short minutes, you’ll be brewing the nectar of the gods.
Utilize A Water Softener
One accessory every brewery needs in its boiler room is a water softener. Utilizing a water softener is an easy way to prevent scaling that can hurt the efficiency or your boiler and decrease its lifespan, both of which will cost you a lot of money in the long run. Fortunately, Miura can provide you with a hardness detector that can help you keep close tabs on your water, ensuring that you’re only feeding high-quality water into your boiler.
Keep A Maintenance Log
If you want your brewery’s boiler to last a long time, and obviously you do, the best thing you can do is make sure it receives routine maintenance and inspections. Keeping a maintenance log in your boiler room makes it easy to keep up to date on regular inspections that can help to keep your boiler running efficiently for many years to come. Of course, if you have a Miura boiler, you’ll be able to use their remote monitoring system to double check that everything is running properly. Also, Miura boilers only require three hours for routine inspections, minimizing the amount of downtime required your boiler needs a more thorough checkup.
Track Fuel Efficiency
Somewhere in your boiler room, you should be keeping close track of how much fuel you’re using. If you’re using more fuel than usual, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your boiler that needs to be addressed. With a Miura boiler, you’ll have the advantage of being able to switch back and forth between multiple types of fuel, which can help you save money. In fact, many breweries have reported saving 20 or 30% on fuel cost after installing a Miura boiler.
In the past, Miura has provided many breweries with a compact and efficient steam boiler. Contact a Miura representative today to learn more about how a Miura boiler can help your brewery improve its bottom line.