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Chemical Water Treatment Needs for Breweries

Chemical Water Treatment for Micro and Craft Breweries

This post will review the basics of chemical water treatment needs for brewers in regards to maintaining boiler and steam line applications. It will also consider how to increase efficiency in boilers by using chemical water treatment. For more information on chemical water treatment in other types of equipment, revisit our Education Center.

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Use of Boiler Units in Micro and Craft Breweries

Breweries use boilers to maintain constant levels of heat and steam during processing. Steam boilers allow for the brewer to perform brewing, sanitization, sterilization, legging, caning and bottling in the desired manner.   Commercial boilers equipped with culinary grade steam and heat settings that allow maximum flexibility empower brewers to product craft beers that are flavorful, sophisticated, and expertly engineered. The uses of boiler units in a brewery can vary widely on a given day, and the demand for production volume can vary widely as well. This means many brewers will use a boiler unit at a different capacity and for different functions regularly, making the efficiency and reliability of the unit to be of great importance for consistent operation.


Water Treatment Needs for Boilers


With commercial steam boiler units, water treatment is necessary to reduce limescale, corrosion accumulation, and impurities that interfere with heat transfer. For many brewers, whether commercial, franchised or independently owned, investment into a well-performing boiler is one of the most impactful decisions made. The performance of a boiler directly impacts how reliably the batches will be produced, cycle after cycle, year after year. Craft and micro brewers seeking to maintain consistent quality, flavor and appearance for their beers need to have a boiler unit that performs consistently and predictably. 


When the water used in the boiler system and steam line is properly treated to maintain optimal levels of purity, oxygen and PH, the boiler performs with better efficiency. This reduces operating costs and supports the need for consistent heating and steaming in its day to day function. There are multiple chemical options for boilers and steamline treatment. Historically, chemical was often delivered to a treatment room pre-mixed in large 55 gallon drums. However, this created great risk of chemical exposure to technicians, high logistics costs in transporting full drums, required excessive floor space for storage, and necessitates drum cleaning and careful removal when chemicals need restocking.


Today, water treatment is now more safe and efficient thanks to ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment options. Similarly to the revolution that the laundry detergent industry faced, ultra concentrated water treatment options allow for smaller containers, less water wasted in pre-mixing, and more efficient use of chemical.

To learn more about LiquiLogic ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment products for boiler and steamline applications, visit the Products page.

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