Brewery Engineering Services

First Key Engineering Services are not only available for greenfield projects, but also for expansion and modernization projects while production is on-going.

Our process engineers are focused solely on the brewing and malting industries and specialize in finding the right solution for our customer’s specific needs. With hands-on experience in all areas of operation, we help our customers to design and/or source any equipment need. Our services include: feasibility studies, layout planning, basic design, detailed design, project management and installation and start-up commissioning services. The brewery areas we cover are:


Grains Handling and Milling

Grains Handling

Complete system design for pneumatic conveying, screw conveyors, bucket elevators, dust collection, explosion suppression, grain silos, scale hoppers, malt mills, and hammer mills, including all instrumentation and controls.

Brewhouse

brewhouse

Complete system design for all brewhouse vessels including: mash mixer, cereal cooker, lauter tun, mash filter, brew receivers, kettle, whirlpool, wort cooler, hot and cold brewing liquor tanks, trub handling, spent grains handling, kettle stack heat recovery systems, wort stripping including all related pumps, piping systems, valves, instrumentation and controls. Complete steam & condensate piping systems design, including control valves, steam traps, vacuum breakers, air vents and condensate return systems.

Spent Grains Handling

Spent Grains Handling

Complete system design including spent grains storage tanks, dense phase conveying systems, (e.g. Pondorff), screw conveying systems, de-watering systems, drying systems including all related piping and utility systems, instrumentation and controls.

Yeast Management and Propagation

Yeast Management and Propagation

Complete system design including wort aeration/oxygenation facilities, yeast storage tanks, surplus yeast storage and truck loading facilities, yeast propagation facilities, yeast monitoring and injection facilities, C.I.P and sterile steam S.I.P facilities, including all related pumps, piping, cooling systems, valves, instrumentation and controls. Design of facilities to maintain a sterile environment in yeast handling rooms including HEPA filtered / U/V sterilized +ve pressure air supplies and building air cooling and dehumidification systems.

Fermentation and Ageing

Fermentation

CCT tank farms for either uni-tank or multi-use sytems, CO2 collection facilities, CO2 Counter-pressure facilities, tank CIP under CO2 counterpressure, dropping coolers, collection and distribution valve manifolds, including all related pumps, piping, cooling systems, valves, instrumentation and controls.

Filtration

Filtration

DE Filtration, PVPP Filtration, cross flow filtration, trap filters, ingredient injection systems, DCW blending, carbonation systems, touch-up cooling systems, including all related pumps, piping, cooling systems, valves, instrumentation and controls.

Packaging

Packaging

Bright Beer tanks, bright beer distribution valve manifolds, filler supply manifolds, beer push-out systems, beer on beer brand change systems, kegging systems, on-line to filler blending and dosing systems, including all related pumps, piping, valves, instrumentation and controls, Bright beer tank farms, distribution manifolds, on-line blending systems.

Brewery Utilities

Brewery Utilities

Ammonia refrigeration systems, reciprocating, twin-screw, mono-screw compressors, variable speed control, Evap Condensers with floating pressure control, high and low pressure receivers, dump traps, air eliminators, control systems for handling widely varying process loads including all related pumps, and piping systems. Glycol distribution systems with control systems for widely varying process loads including, ammonia/glycol chillers, including all related pumps, piping, valves, instrumentation and controls. Steam and condensate systems, boilers, deaerators, cogen systems. Brewing water deaeration systems.

CIP Systems

CIP Systems

From small local single systems to centralized CIP systems, including design of systems for line CIP, tank CIP, tank CIP under CO2 counter-pressure. Automated systems including multiple simultaneous CIP loops, automated tank make-up, in-line heat exchangers to minimize temperature shock to sensitive equipment, priority based loop selection control systems. Concentrated acid and caustic handling systems, including all related pumps, piping, heating systems, valves, instrumentation and controls.

Piping Systems

Piping Systems

Piping systems design from simple hose based systems for craft breweries, through manual piping systems with jumper panel connections, to fully automated double seat matrix style valving systems, for all areas of the brewing operation.

Control Systems

Control Systems

Full range of control systems from local, manual system controls, through automated centralized control systems to recipe driven oversight control of automated systems.