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Old 02-05-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any idea what type of heat sources commercial breweries use? I can see benefits to both gas/propane and electric. I also wonder if smaller craft brewers can use either while the bigger boys always use one kind.

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any idea what type of heat sources commercial breweries use? I can see benefits to both gas/propane and electric. I also wonder if smaller craft brewers can use either while the bigger boys always use one kind.

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Most breweries use steam. Some use direct fire from natural gas or propane. I can't think of any off hand that use electric elements.
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Hmm steam hadn't even thought of that but it makes sense on an industrial scale. Are the boil kettles jacketed or is it a direct infusion of steam into the wort?

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Hmm steam hadn't even thought of that but it makes sense on an industrial scale. Are the boil kettles jacketed or is it a direct infusion of steam into the wort?
Steam jacket. It cuts down on the amount of kettle caramelizing that you would get from a direct fire kettle.
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Who makes a small steam system? Or would one of those commecial kitchen steam kettles work?

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Some also just have a steam column in the middle of the kettle versus being jacketed on the outside.

Small steam jacketed kettles even in the 10g sizes are expensive.

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I do know of a commercial brewery with a 2bbl electric brewhouse. FWIW.

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