Quality beer requires perfect hygiene during each production process. The brewhouse and tanks must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. In order to prevent product contamination and an unwanted aftertaste, it is extremely important to thoroughly clean the inside of the tanks and pipe connections, as well as any other part of the system that may have come into contact with the product during the brewing process.
How to clean a brewery
The brewhouse and tanks must be thoroughly rinsed with water to wash away any larger dirt residue. The entire system is then cleaned with a cleaning solution, which is prepared in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and pumped between the tanks using a pump and flexible pipes.
Suitable cleaning and disinfection products, as well as other cleaning equipment for breweries are available in specialized shops. They must be suitable for use on surfaces that come into contact with food and beverages. After cleaning, the entire system must be thoroughly rinsed with clean water.
Cleaning and disinfection with CIP (Clean-In-Place) technology
The CIP station is not part of a brewery's mandatory equipment, but it is definitely recommended to have one. The CIP process is the most effective way to remove accumulated dirt and sediment from tanks, pipes, connectors, and other equipment that is connected to the system.
The advantage of CIP cleaning is that it enables equipment cleaning and disinfection without system component disassembly.