Whether you’re a small brewery or a large industrial brewery, one of the most important pieces of brewing equipment that can make or break your product is the Brewing Pump you use.
At TS Pumps we understand that it’s important you choose the right pump, so we’re here to talk you through your options and advise you on which beer pump would be the best investment to handle your food-grade pump brewing.
There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a Beer Pump:
This means that the pump casing should be manufactured from high-quality stainless steel and the seals that come into contact should also be FDA approved.
This is slightly different when considering a hose pump, as the only part of the pump that comes into contact with the fluid being pumped is the hose. The hose itself will need to be sanitary and FDA approved, which we can supply. This hose has a white and yellow marking, so do check that you have the correct hose before using it.
The pump your purchase needs to be able to handle high temperatures for transferring mash or wort.
Typical applications where a Sanitary Centrifugal Pump is recommended are:
Typical applications where a positive displacement pump, such as a Peristaltic Pump or Diaphragm Pump, are recommended are:
Centrifugal Pumps are the most common pump used within the Beer Pump industry as they are particularly useful for transfer and filling applications in bottling, casking and canning.
It is important to make sure that your pump is a Hygienic Centrifugal Pump rather than a standard water Centrifugal Pump. This ensures you are using the most sanitary pump available for a product that’s end-use will be consumed by people. As mentioned previously, this would be an ideal time to ensure your pump is FDA approved. A standard water Centrifugal Pump is not FDA approved and should not be used for any consumable product.
The Hygienic Centrifugal Pump that we supply is electrically driven, can reach temperatures up to 90°C (180°C if you request a long coupled Centrifugal Pump) and is manufactured from AISI 316L Stainless Steel with an electro polish finish of Ra < 0.8.
TS Pumps’ Peristaltic Pump range showcases superior design and quality material. Our Peristaltic Pump range is typically not ideal for home brewers due to the initial cost, but they are an extremely handy pump that requires very little upkeep meaning you will have low maintenance costs. These pumps are also available in a range of sizes so it’s more than likely we’ve got the perfect size for your installation.
Choosing the right Peristaltic Pump will be based on the head pressure required, so have a look at our Peristaltic Pump range to see what suits your business needs best.
Diaphragm Pumps are driven by compressed air and are an extremely versatile and robust type of pump that can handle almost any application. A Sanitary Diaphragm Pump can handle brewing applications such as pumping beer and wort.
TS Pumps’ range of Diaphragm Pumps are supplied with a no-nut, clean-faced diaphragm. The layers in standard diaphragms on the market are typically held together with a nut that penetrates the centre of the diaphragm. Our diaphragms are manufactured from components that have been chemically bonded together which prevents the risk of leakage through the weakened area of the diaphragm around the nut. As the diaphragms are constantly coming into contact with the product, it is essential that all weak points are removed.
You can reduce the foaming caused by your beer pump by running your pump at a slower operating speed and by maintaining constant pressure, as much as possible. Foaming of the product can affect the flavour of the beer and reduce the shelf life, however this can be avoided. We recommend using pumps such as:
Centrifugal Pumps are notorious for causing froth and foam to form. This is due to the pump operating at high speeds, and the energy used to move the fluid subsequently adding oxygen into the product.
The three pumps that we have recommended above as a beer transfer pump can all be fitted with a Heating Jacket. They will maintain the temperature of your syrup by circulating a medium such as water or steam around your pump. This will ensure that the syrup doesn’t thicken up causing damage to your pump.
At TS Pumps we specialise in the supply and service of industrial pumps and systems into key industries and markets, so if this pump isn’t quite right for you, you can read more about our full range of pumps here or contact our team today to discuss your business requirements.