German machinery supplier Krones has opened what it claims is the world’s most sophisticated research brewery at its facility in Freising.
The Steinecker Brew Centre will provide both clients and Krones itself with an option for collaborative brewing, conducting trials and testing new technologies.
Dr Konrad Müller-Auffermann, who was responsible for this project, explained: “The system is small, that’s true, but it offers maximum flexibility all the same: here we can combine different technologies, and are able to demonstrate the large bandwidth of solutions offered by Krones.
“We can, for example, reproduce an ultra-wide range of internationally employed processes on the one hand while also familiarising our own commissioning engineers and clients’ staff with the technologies concerned on the other.”
Practical trials can be run at the facility to find out which process-engineering solutions are most efficiently suited to beverage production and how digital interfacing can assist the brewer in his daily work. Furthermore, it will also be possible to develop new products faster and test them under realistic conditions.