Category Archives: Brewery FAQ

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4 Tips to Help Pick a Polymer Concrete Brewery Drain

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Polymer concrete drains are a viable option for breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, but they can be tricky to understand. As with stainless steel trench drain installations, there are grating and catch basin considerations when planning a drain. But with polymer concrete channels, process temperature and chemical resistance of the process becomes more of a […]

Understanding Polymer Concrete vs. Vinyl Ester

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When choosing what is needed for your drainage project, there are many factors to consider, including what materials your system is made of. This decision depends highly upon the application requirements. Trying to understand the science between polymer concrete and vinyl ester drainage systems can be difficult. Most people don’t realize the importance of knowing […]

Planning Drainage When You Don’t Have A Plan: A Case Study for Breweries

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Overview: One of the most important components of planning a new brewery or expanding an existing facility is the drainage system. Acidic chemicals, high-temperature fluids, and sanitizers make it necessary to have a high-quality system made of stainless steel or vinyl ester concrete. Breweries discard large volumes of fluids. Some larger breweries see drainage of […]

Let’s Raise a Glass for Polycast!

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Tom Ayers and three of his buddies were all home craft brewers. They would meet to discuss the finer things in life – with beer mugs in hand, of course. Sharing a strong love for crafting, one of these friends, Brian, approached Ayers about starting a brewery. During a planning stage that lasted one year, […]

Black Isle Brewery – Scottish Culinary Trend Setter

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Scotland – Home of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Nessie!  Land of castles, lochs, peat bogs and spectacular ocean views.  Mecca for the drinkers of Scotch whisky, and now, for the connoisseurs of organic pizza and craft beer. Black Isle Brewery had a unique vision of a brewery business back in 1998.  Long […]

The Trick With Trench Drains in Suspended Slabs

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Suspended slabs are trickier to pour than on-grade floors. Likewise, installing a trench drain in a suspended floor requires more thought than does an on-grade drain installation.  I’ve come up with a few considerations to help prevent your suspended slab drain install project from going sideways. DISCLAIMER: For fork truck traffic on suspended floors, don’t […]

3 Things I learned about trench drain at BrewExpo America

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I attended BrewExpo America in Philadelphia this spring. I learned a little about brewery floors and drains, and I’d like to share the experience. Stainless Drains Were Out in Force Stainless drains were all the rage at the Expo. Typically, they were 6” wide with a V-shaped interior. The channels sloped to an outlet or […]

Project Profile: Yergey Brewing trench drains

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A new brewery opened in the Lehigh Valley this fall. Yergey Brewing, owned and operated by Jim Yergey, is a nano-brewery specializing in strong ales and stouts. I visited the opening weekend to sample some of the eight beers on tap. Yergey Brewing opened with a solid offering that includes three IPAs, three stouts and […]

Krug Bier – Pioneer in Brazil’s Craft Brew Market

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I recently visited the mountainous central region of Brazil to attend an exposition of Cachaça in the state capital, Belo Horizonte.  I’m interested in the production of this local distilled sugarcane spirit used to make the famous drink, Caprihna.  Brazil’s State Minas Gerais, or Minas for short, is world renown for cachaça production, though other […]

Considering Stainless Drains for Food Production

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Stainless steel seems to be the ideal material for food processing facilities because of its inherent resistance to corrosion, cleaning chemicals, heat and bacteria growth. Plant managers prefer stainless steel grating instead of cast iron and galvanized steel because of the material’s longevity in corrosive environments.  Besides having these benefits, stainless steel has a shiny, […]