Optimizing the Fermentation Process for Alcoholic Beverage Makers

by , | May 3, 2021 | Fluid Control & Pneumatics, Food & Beverage

From casual social outings to celebratory events, alcohol is frequently part of our lives. Small craft brews, new wine blends, and the rise of international distilleries mean consumers have more choices than ever and manufacturers must maintain the same levels of quality and taste to keep up.

The fermentation process is the key to ensuring quality, consistency, and taste. In the Instrumentation and Control article, Optimize fermentation in alcoholic beverage manufacturing through proper valve selection, Emerson’s Giles Wilcox:

Fermentation Winery Layout

…explains the importance of how the fermentation process, which requires precise temperature control to ensure quality and consistency across various beverage styles and flavors, requires the right valve system to control heating and cooling parameters.

He also describes the challenges alcoholic beverage makers encounter when installing or upgrading their fermentation systems.

…modifications do not come cheap, nor are they without their challenges. Many facilities, particularly smaller operations, have limited physical space. Other challenges include the high cost of energy, lengthy piping processes and potentially unreliable yields.

So how do beverage makers upgrade their systems when many variables need to be considered?

Choosing the right valve can help.

… Depending on the system, it is also important to select valves that are rated to handle glycol or


It’s also important to

… consider automating fermentation heating and cooling systems to achieve even greater thermal precision.

Read the article for more details on how selecting the right valve can help alcoholic beverage makers overcome many of the challenges when installing, expanding, or upgrading their fermentation systems.

For more insights on Emerson’s beverage solutions, applications and webinars visit the Alcoholic Beverage page.


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