The Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America is the No. 1 event of the craft beer year (April 10-13), and we want you to be ready to see all of the cool new stuff on the trade show floor. We asked exhibitors to tell us what they will be showing off, and we turned those submissions into these handy CBC Previews. See you in D.C.
Close to 100 breweries across the U.S. and Canada are using eco-friendly Aquatherm polypropylene piping systems for applications ranging from glycol to chilled water to even food-grade beer transport. Stop by Booth 1663 during the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference to see it for yourself. There’s a lot that we think is cool about this technology, but here’s a new one: The company will be promoting its newly published whitepaper, “Aquatherm and LEED v4,” which discusses how Aquatherm products are the only piping systems in North America that can contribute directly to LEED v4 points. That’s a nice environmental boost over traditional piping materials.
Polypropylene piping explained real quick
Traditional piping systems use foreign substances (glue, solder) or mechanical connections (gaskets, threads), and these connections eventually fail. Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe systems use heat fusion — a fast, reliable process that creates seamless, leak-free connections.
Aquatherm pipe systems are highly inert and don’t react with water or glycol, so they don’t corrode. And they can handle fluid temperatures ranging from -5° F to 200° F. To form a connection, the material is melted and joined together, then allowed to cool. This forms a chemically bonded joint as strong as the pipe itself. Aquatherm fusion outlets also ease system expansion because they’re added by drilling into the pipe and heat-fusing a fitting directly into the pipe wall.