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Compressed Air Solutions for Breweries

Air compressors and breweries are a winning combination

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Why do Breweries need an Air Compressor?

Your passion is beer, ours is air compressors

Compressed air plays a vital role in breweries across the country. From high-volume facilities to the smallest craft producers, a reliable compressor is as important as the combination of malt, water and hops in a pale ale. Extreme care and thought goes into every aspect of the brewing process, each making a quantifiable mark on the final product. 

Tips When Picking an Air Compressor

As we wouldn't know which malt to select for an IPA, picking the right compressor for your brewery can leave anyone unsure on such a big decision.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting your next compressor:

  1. Maintenance: Select an air compressor that is easy to maintain and to get into. Chicago Pneumatic compressors take the guessing out of what to do. With detailed manuals to know what is required at each hour interval of your machine.
  2. Replacement parts: Don't pick a machine that you have to track filters and parts down for. Our team wil help you to order parts and keep your machine working at optimal performance.
  3. Noise: Yes, noise is something to consider when selecting your compressor. No one needs a nagging employee complaining about the noise of a machine. Ask about the decibel chart and where the compressor ranks.
  4. Installation: You need to be thinking about where this compressor is going to go. A quiet screw compressor should go inside and can be right beside your employees with minimal noise interruption. Weather is a huge component to harming your compressor, so make sure you ask if they have a "weather kit."
  5. Drains: Compressed air produces moisture in your machine. Drains are essential to draining that moisture out of your machine. Make sure you ask where the drains are located, are they automatic and how often you should be manually draining.

What are Oil-Free Compressors?

When you think about how oil-free air compressors work, you'll realise that there is oil in the device, but it doesn't come into contact with the compressor. Only the gearbox has oil in it. 

The gearbox of your air compressor is used to drive the two compressor elements. Gearboxes should be reviewed during regular maintenance checks.

The oil in your gearbox will lubricate the internal gears and bearings, as well as the bearing and timing gear located inside the gearbox, and its cooled via an oil cooler and oil filter before it is used to cool compressor or gearbox parts. The filters are used to remove debris during its action.

The main difference is that internal elements and parts of the gearbox will be treated with long-lasting lubrication. This puts more of a strain on the engine overtime, but requires less day-to-day maintenance.

Chicago Pneumatic SPIRAL products are clean running, making them an excellent air compressor for breweries or other applications where sanitation is essential. 

What Brewery Equipment is Powered by Air?

Commercial and craft breweries depend on compressed air for powering continuous-duty machines for bottling, labeling, filling and carbonating. These machines require a very precise amount of clean, oil-free air to accomplish the following items:

Aeration: Aeration is an essential process of introducing oxygen to the yeast cultures throughout the fermentation process. Oil-free compressors are ideal because they don't risk contaminating your malty masterpiece with oil - affecting the quality and the taste of the resulting beverage.

Bottling: Bottling is one of the most common uses for air compressors in breweries and smaller commercial operations. Pressurised air is vital for moving beer from the conditioning tank to the bottle, and for keeping lines clean and free of water. Bottling uses a lot of air, so getting the right unit is critical.

Cleaning & Maintenance: You spend countless hours investigating decisions like what malts, hops, and yeast strains to use in your next award-winning Lager and nothing can be worse to find the entire batch is destroyed from contamination. Cleaning brew kettles, fermentation tanks, bottles, and kegs are all necessary chores. It's how you clean that makes a difference. To avoid spoilage, you want to avoid using contaminated air at all costs. 

Clean Air = Clean Beer: No matter what size the operation, you will want an oil-free air compressor that uses the right combination of air treatment accessories to produce the most contaminant-free air possible. But, if you're still using an oil-lubricated compressor, you'll need to incorporate refrigerated dryers and in-line air filters to remove moisture, oil. and other airborne contaminants. 

Our Air Compressor experts are here to help you develop a complete compressed air solution, providing you with the best selection and pricing delivered right to your door. If you need help deciding which compressor is right for your brewery, Chicago Pneumatic has you covered. You can contact any of our Chicago Pneumatic Dealers

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Why Chicago Pneumatic?

  • Award Winning Customer Service - From technical support to customer support, Chicago Pneumatic prides ourselves on putting the customer first.
  • High Quality, Lower Cost - Quiet, reliable, easy to maintain, and won't break the bank! CP Compressors are the perfect balance of value and features.
  • Trust in Experience - With 120 years in the compressed air business, experience speaks for itself. Don't trust your business with just anyone. 

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