Great craft beer means a clean brewhouse and a pure product. Birko is a leader in the beer, winery and beverage production business when it comes to specialty cleaning and processing aids. The company promotes its products as “non-caustic, faster and more effective than traditional hot caustic cleaning” and most importantly “they don’t affect the flavor of the beer.”
Soil and scale buildup in mash and lauter tuns, brewkettles, heat exchangers, fermentation vessels, kegs, fillers, columns and saccharification tanks can cause a reduced ability to transfer heat, infections, off-flavors, equipment failure and costly downtime. In response, Birko’s chemists have formulated products that remove beerstones, provide yeast washing, aid in brewery keg cleaning with both acid and detergent and reduce biofilms in the brewery.
Many of Birko’s formulas are based on food-grade acid and include chlorine dioxide, nitric/phosphoric, iodophor, peracetic acid (PAA) and quaternary ammonium. Birko also provides backset treatments, anti-foaming agents (both silicone and non-silicone) and chemical dispensing equipment. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to Matt Thrall, head brewer for Avery Brewing Co., tell you what he loves about Birko in the video above.