Like many alcoholic beverages, beer goes through several processes to reach its finished state. These processes can include milling, mixing, heating, separating, filtering, cooling, fermenting, carbonating, bottling and storing.
Throughout the brewing process, the water, mash, wort and beer must be transferred from container to container. Large commercial brewers typically use hard piping for these transfers, but thousands of craft brewers, as well as home brewers, pump the liquids through flexible tubing or reinforced hose.
Different tubing materials are typically used during different parts of the brewing process. Large-to-mid-sized craft brewers may use a heavy-duty, alcohol-resistant hose lined with butyl rubber for suction and discharge applications. Smaller brewers and home brewers can use less rugged hose. For instance, boiled wort can be transferred with silicone tubing, a product that will handle the high temperatures involved. Cooled and room temperature fluids can also be transferred with silicone or with a lighter-duty hose – one that does not need to cover a wide temperature range.
NewAge’s BrewSavor products offer a range of tubing and hose for brewing and beverage transfer applications, including antimicrobial and ultra-pure styles. Learn more here: https://brewsavor.com/
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