Temperature control is immensely important in the beer-making process, and it’s controlled through a variety of equipment — from heat exchangers and boilers to cooling jackets and commercial walk-in coolers. Maintaining the correct temperature is a process that continues throughout the entire brewery, and Niles, Ill.-based Thermal Care wants to be there to help at many points.
Thermal Care is a leading manufacturer of custom process cooling equipment and systems, with a focus on glycol chillers that can be used at many stations in the brewery or packaging hall — cooling for wort; controlling fermentation; crash cooling vessels; and prepackaging and product storage.
The company’s Portable Accuchiller and Central Chiller families of products boast everything from extreme efficiency (like its variable-speed compressor on some units, only working when necessary) to enhanced durability (as in a stainless-steel pumps, evaporators and non-ferrous water circuits).
To help breweries figure out their cooling needs, Thermal Care has even created a cool set of calculators on its website that will help pros discover what size chiller they actually need for their specific operations in applications such as active fermentation, fermenters knockdown/crash cooling, brite tanks, cold liquid tanks and wort cooling. Dig those calculators right here.
The company also offers this advice:
“Chillers affect every facet of the craft brewery process, so reliability and consistency are essential,” said John Grant, Thermal Care Industrial markets manager. “There are many chillers manufacturers out there but it is extremely important to select a qualified chiller manufacturer that can understand and support your brewing process.”