Paul Mueller Company

Untapped Energy In Your Brewery

Tanner Beers, Anthem Brewery Head Brewer

Brewing Process 20% Faster

“I was appreciative they called and talked me through some energy efficiency options that I wasn’t even aware of,” said Tanner. “Everything worked the way Mueller said it would and I was able to knock out my brewing process 20% faster than before all while keeping the glycol cooler and the hot water hotter.”

Tanner Beers
Brewer

The Challenge

Tanner Beers (yes, his real name) was head brewer at Anthem Brewery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when he noticed some contamination during the brewing process. He traced it back to a used Paul Mueller Company plate heat exchanger he had purchased on the open market. Because the used plate heat exchanger came from an unknown source, there was no way to know if it was configured for a brewery, what kind of parts had been replaced on it, or what the previous owners used to clean the plates.

The Journey

Tanner called up Paul Mueller Company and the Accu-Therm® heat transfer group. They helped Tanner track down the origin of the unit.

It was a dairy farm equipment plate heat exchanger from 2001! Application engineer Victor Shafer helped Tanner identify the leaky plate causing the problems, plus he went a step further and talked to Tanner about his entire brewing process.

The Solution

During this consultation Victor was able to identify that Tanner’s chiller compressor was running constantly, wasting electricity. Victor came up with a plan where Tanner could use city water to cool down the wort as a first step in decreasing the chiller compressor runtime. In addition, a new heat exchanger plate pack was recommended that would be much more efficient in Tanner’s brewery than the 15-year old pack he was currently using.

The Results

“I was appreciative they called and talked me through some energy efficiency options that I wasn’t even aware of,” said Tanner. “Everything worked the way Mueller said it would and I was able to knock out my brewing process 20% faster than before all while keeping the glycol cooler and the hot water hotter.”

The energy savings will continue to add up over the lifetime usage of the upgraded cooling system, thanks to the consultation and the new plate pack.

You want to get the most efficient and cost savings solution you can too. We can offer you the same problem-solving guidance Tanner received, when you sign up for our free heat transfer consultation. Our experts have 75-years of experience guiding us and we want to support you by:

  • advising on how we have seen certain fluids affect certain materials
  • explaining how even slight temperature differences can change your process
  • calculating the right amount of heat and cold exchange needed for optimal efficiency
  • consulting on the best frame options for your needs today, with room for growth tomorrow

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Advised on how certain fluids affect certain materials
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Explained how slight temperature differences can change the brewing process
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Calculated the right amount of heat and cold exchange needed for optimal efficiency
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Consulted on the best frame options, with room for growth tomorrow
Brewing process became 20% faster