Innopro ECOStab Rings in New Era of Stabilizing Beer [09/29/2011]
With its Innopro ECOStab, KHS is ringing in a new era of stabilizing beer. The Innopro ECOStab invalidates the view currently held in the brewing sector that regenerative beer stabilization using PVPP is only economically viable at a beer output of more than 400,000 hectoliters per year.
The modular Innopro ECOStab is just as suitable for small and medium-sized breweries as it is for large breweries. Three versions of this innovative system are available. Operators can choose between stabilization outputs of 200, 400, and 600 hectoliters per hour. The 200-hectoliter model features three stabilizer modules, each with one column, the 400-hectoliter model has three stabilizer modules with two columns each, and the 600-hectoliter model has three stabilizer modules with three columns each. In addition to the modules, each Innopro ECOStab system has a PVPP dosing tank and a regeneration unit.
By comparison with horizontal screen and gap candle filters previously used for regenerative beer stabilization using PVPP, the Innopro ECOStab significantly reduces the cost of investment. At the same time, the short production cycles of the individual stabilizer modules and the particularly small container volume required for the Innopro ECOStab reduce the required PVPP volume by half, resulting in significantly lower PVPP material costs. Moreover, the Innopro ECOStab can be used with any PVPP material available on the market, irrespective of the manufacturer. Further benefits resulting from the small container volume chosen for the Innopro ECOStab include comparatively shorter setup times for system startup and shutdown, minimized switching times between different beer styles and reduced blending amounts when changing beer styles.
Because the Innopro ECOStab operates with several redundant system components it achieves continuous output and enables 24/7 operation. This is particularly beneficial if the unit is used downstream of a continuously operating crossflow filtration system.
Another important aspect in favor of the Innopro ECOStab is that it has an easily manageable filter surface for convenient and reliable cleaning. Since the Innopro ECOStab uses a stabilization process that always works from inside to outside, which means that PVPP can only be found inside the stabilizer modules, a jet cleaner reaches all surfaces reliably. Manual cleaning is no longer required, resulting in high system availability.
The Innopro ECOStab has container dimensions and can easily be transported as a single unit, so that commissioning at the brewery is very quick, based on the Plug & Produce principle.
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