The ShockWave Xtractor extraction technology from Hydro Dynamics is an intriguing new system for pulling all of that hop goodness from your hops in a shorter amount of brewing time. Cabarrus Brewing Co. in Concord, N.C., recently installed the technology, but instead of focusing on all it does for hop flavor extraction, the brewery is showcasing the ability of the technology to extract more flavor quickly from the locally sourced S&D Coffee for its Vanilla Coffee Blonde (VCB).
Cabarrus report extraction time was reduced 80 percent. The technology also allows for faster production and efficiencies in other Cabarrus beers.
Established in 2015, Cabarrus Brewing Co. is located on the grounds of the historic Gibson Mill near downtown Concord. CBC strongly embraces the local Cabarrus County history and community. Doug Mancosky, VP of R&D at HDI stated, “We are thrilled that Cabarrus is home to our first unit in the great brewery state of North Carolina. In a short period of time, the team at Cabarrus has built a world-class brewery that is ingrained in the local Concord community, and we’re excited to be part of it.”
Inside the Shockwave
The cavitation technology is manufactured by Hydro Dynamics Inc. The ShockWave Xtractor harnesses the pressure fluctuations of cavitation to improve extraction and increased hop flavor. With the proliferation of craft breweries, the demand for hops and prices have increased. The ShockWave Xtractor technology can allow brewers to produce bitter beers with up to 50 percent less hops, both bittering and aroma hops for dry-hopping, as well as improve the extraction of fruits, coffee and other flavors. The ShockWave Xtractor can also increase production through faster dry hopping and increase beer yield by producing less beer soaked hop waste.