Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Energy recovery project (ERP)
One of this year's bigger projects is re-engineering the brew-house to incorporate an energy recovery & re-use system. By condensing all the steam coming off the copper, and using that recovered heat to pre-heat the wort in the following brew, we can substantially reduce our energy consumption. In order to minimise losses brewing will continue uninterrupted until the week's production is complete. I haven't persuaded the team that this is a good idea yet, but I will.
Whilst this concept is not unusual in larger breweries (in fact I'm visiting one later this week to see what I can learn) it is largely unheard of at our scale. I have no idea why, but I suspect I might be finding out. Follow my comedic progress here in your sour away brewblog.