IntelliBrew Automation LLC, a Vista, San Diego County-based brewery technology company specializing in precision fermentation controls, has been making equipment that’s helping breweries win awards. The company’s ChillerTron, specifically, has aided multiple California craft breweries behind the scenes that are now securing medals in several categories, including best of show at the California State Fair, the largest and most prestigious in-state commercial beer competition. Coincidence?
Plus, the name ChillerTron. If we could create our ultimate Transformer, it would be called ChillerTron.
IntelliBrew Automation’s awesomely named precision fermentation control system differs from other fermentation control systems available to small brewers because it uses linear flow, proportional ball valves, high resolution digital temperature sensors and advanced computer algorithms coupled with touchscreen controls and remote monitoring to give brewers unrivaled control of their fermentations.
“No one else can come close to what our system does for small brewers in terms of fermentation stability and repeatability,” said IntelliBrew spokesperson Robert Esposito. “ChillerTron has been built from the ground up to make technology formerly only available to giant mega-brewers affordable for your local neighborhood craft brewer.
“As small craft brewers grow and package their beer into bottles and cans for distribution far and wide, that beer needs to taste the same every time a consumer purchases his favorite bottle. ChillerTron makes the fermentation part of the process, where a majority of a beer’s flavor character is formed, infinitely more repeatable and fine-tuned than any other fermentation control tech available to small brewers,” Esposito continued.
The brewers using ChillerTron controls that received medals for their beer at the competition seem to agree. Jim Harte of Ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City, Calif, whose brew “Dead Canary,” a German Lager style, took Best of Show, stated: “Precision temperature control is certainly a key component of our brewing success, and we rely on ChillerTron to manage temperatures to our exacting specifications.”
The California State Fair commercial beer competition is the largest in the state with 1,204 entries from 140 brewers. Many brewers use this Cal Fair competition to fine tune their beers for upcoming nationwide contests, according to Darrell Amerine, the competition director for the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, who was in charge of the event.
“Many of the craft brewers that won medals in our competition use those results to leverage growth into large grocery stores and other larger retail chains that otherwise might not take a risk on stocking beer from such small brewers on their shelves,” said Amerine.
The winning beers will be available for public sampling at the “Best of California Brew Fest” on July 16 at the Cal Expo fairgrounds. Find out more right here.