Beer Pump: Guide to Brewing Pump Options
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.
Which Beer Pump should I be using?
The basics when choosing a Beer pump
Is the pump FDA approved?
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 before using that you have the correct hose.
Can your pump handle high temperatures?
The pump your purchase needs to be able to handle high temperatures for transferring mash or wort.
Beer Pump Transfer Options
You’ve got 3 options available to you that are ideal for brewing applications:
What Can I use a Beer Pump for?
Typical applications where a Sanitary Centrifugal Pump are recommended are:
- Hot liquor transfer
- Hot wort transfer
- CUP pumping and scavenging
- Tank to tank transfer
- Tank cleaning
Typical applications where a positive displacement pump, such as a Peristaltic Pump or Diaphragm Pump, are recommended are:
- Mash recirculation
- Liquid sugar transfer
- Yeast slurry transfer
- Bottling, casking and canning
- Syrup transfer
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 manufactured from AISI 316L Stainless Steel with an electro polish finish of Ra < 0.8.
Benefits of using a Centrifugal Pump for Beer transfer:
- Minimal upkeep is required meaning lower maintenance cost
- Can be fitted with a Heating Jacket
- They are a compact pump with a simple design and few parts but are still powerful pumps.
We provide Centrifugal Pumps at a competitive price with fast lead times. Get in contact with us today!
TS Pumps Peristaltic Pump range have a superior design and material quality. Our Peristaltic Pump range is typically not ideal for home brewers due to the initial cost, but they are an extremely handy pump that require 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.
We offer our Peristaltic Pumps at a very competitive price, check out our range!
The benefits of using a Peristaltic Pump for beer:
- Easily maintained
These Peristaltic Pump has been designed so that the hose can be replaced within the pump with no technical knowledge. Additionally, the bearings within the pump are greased for life, this lubricant reduces friction and ensures the pump operates efficiently.
- Long life
The hoses supplied with these pumps last approximately 30% longer than those typically supplied with other Peristaltic Pumps, which reduces your maintenance costs. These hoses can also be supplied to fit the majority of other Peristaltic Pumps on the market.
- No mechanical seals
There are no mechanical seals which reduces the risk of leakage. The only part of the pump that comes into contact with the product is the hose.
Our range of Peristaltic Pumps can be fitted with a Heating Jacket, which will keep your applications at a particular temperature if needed.
Choosing the right Peristaltic Pump will be based on the head pressure required, so head over to our Peristaltic Pump range for more information and get in touch with us for a quote if you’re interested.
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.
It may be the case that using a Sanitary Diaphragm Pump doesn’t work for your installation, which isn’t uncommon. We have replaced an AODD with a Peristaltic Pump before to solve an issue with the air compressor overloading whilst pumping yeast for brewing. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to using a Diaphragm Pump!
Benefits of using a Diaphragm Pump for beer:
- Manufactured from Stainless Steel AISI 316L
- The pumps are manufactured from less parts than the standard Diaphragm Pump on the market, this means reduced down times and maintenance costs.
- Can be fitted with a Heating Jacket.
- Can run dry without causing damage to the pump.
- No electricity is needed to drive the pump
- 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.
Beer Pump FAQ
How can I prevent my beer from foaming when transferring to our fillers?
You can reduce the foaming caused by your beer pump by running your pump at a slower operating speed and by maintaining a constant pressure as much as possible. Foaming of the product can affect the flavour of the beer and reduce the shelf life, but don’t worry, this can be avoided. We recommend using pumps such as:
Centrifugal Pumps are notorious for causing froth and foam to form, which is due to the pump operating at high speeds and the energy used to move the fluid adding oxygen into the product.
How do I maintain the temperature of the syrup used in brewing beer?
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.
Check out the product page if you’re interested in how the Heating Jacket works.
To find out more about Sanitary Pumps, head over to The Pump Hub where you can read our Sanitary Pump Guide which includes a case study requiring a new beer pump.