FAQ’s


WHAT IS THE SHIPMENT SCHEDULE?

  1. We will send you photographs of your order being loaded into the shipping container at the factory.
  2. The shipping container will generally leave port 3-4 days after loading. We will send you a bill of lading and final statement of account within one week of that time. The bill of lading will include the shipping container numbers. You can track your shipping container by inputting the container number at the following URL link: http://www.track-trace.com/container
  3. Approximately 10 days prior to delivery, we will send you an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) notice from the shipping time. Please remember that the listed delivery date is only an estimate, and is subject to port unloading schedules, customs processing, and the dictates of the local delivery truck company.
  4. You will be directly contacted by the shipping company’s local truck delivery services approximately 48 hours prior to the date of delivery to schedule a delivery time.
  5. If you need to delay the final delivery, there will be a “pull” fee of approximately $100, and a storage fee of approximately $150 per shipping container per day.

HOW ARE THE TANKS SHIPPED?

All tanks larger than 3.5-bbl/4-hl are shipped in mild steel cradles (see photographs below). The tool for removing the tank feet that hold the tank legs on to the cradle is taped to one of the tank legs.

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BREWPUB BREWING SYSTEM SIZE SELECTIONS

Basically, every major decision that you make involving your start-up brewery project will be determined by WHO you are going to sell beer to; WHAT type of beer and package you are going to sell; WHERE you are going to sell beer; and HOW much beer you need to produce over the course of a year.

Brewing is a batch process. The actual brewing of a batch of beer takes 6-8 hours. That batch of unfermented beer, called wort, then goes to a fermentation tank, yeast is added, and that batch ferments for about a week, during which the simple sugars in the wort are turned into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. When fermentation is complete the new beer needs to condition for as period of time before it is ready to package or serve. This conditioning period varies, depending on the type of beer being made, with top-fermented ales generally requiring one week, while bottom-fermented lager beers take two to three weeks. So, a batch of ale will take about two weeks to process from brew to bottle/tap, while a lager will take 3-4 weeks to process.

What all of this means to you is that you could brew around the clock, but there is no point in doing so unless you have some place to physically put it. The production capacity of a brewery is therefore determined primarily by the number and size of its fermentation tanks, and is stated in terms of annual production capacity. Thus, if a brewery is described as a 30-barrel system that can produce 10,000 barrels per year, then that means that the batch size of the brewhouse vessels (the brewkettle, mash tun, lauter tun) is 30 U.S. barrels (one barrel = 31 gallons), and that the brewery has a sufficient number of tank to process 10,000 barrels per year.

For a start-up operation, you need to project your production requirements out for three years. Based on those numbers we will put in a brewhouse and ancillary support equipment (the production side of the brewery), that is large enough to handle your anticipated Year Three level of production. We would then start you out with only enough tanks to handle your anticipated Year One volume of production. Then, as time passes and your sales volume increases, we can expand the production capacity of the brewery by installing additional tanks. With this approach you are not spending more money upfront on tanks, than you need to do. But at the same time, three years into the future, you are not stuck with a brewhouse that is too small for your production requirements.

Until you can tell us how much beer you need to produce, we cannot tell you what sort of equipment you will need to produce it. If you need some help in determining how to proceed, we do offer consulting services. Upon request we can send you a copy of our consulting agreement for review.

PRODUCTION BREWERY EQUIPMENT SELECTION

In our industry, capital equipment selection for a start-up operation is arrived at by an equation:

  • Your equipment selection is determined by your production requirements.
  • Your production requirements are determined in turn by your sales projections.
  • Your sales projections in turn are determined by your market analysis.

How do I determine the appropriate brewing system size for my project? To begin with, your equipment selection is determined by the quantity of beer that you need to produce per year to meet your anticipated sales projections. Also, in the case of brewpubs, the other question to answer is how many different beers do you want to have on tap at the same time?

The standard metric unit of measurement in a brewery is the hectoliter (100 liters). The “size” of a brewing system is a measurement of the individual brewing batch size of the brewhouse vessels (the brewkettle and mash/lauter tun). Thus, a 4-hectoliter brewing system means that the brewhouse vessels are 4-hectoliters in size, and therefore, each batch of brewed beer is four hectoliters, or 400 liters.

Brewing is a batch process, with each batch of beer brewed taking between 2 – 4 weeks to process through from brewing to serving. The actual brewing takes 6-8 hours, fermentation takes one week, and conditioning takes an additional 1-3 weeks, depending on the type of beer being made. Top-fermenting “ales” take two weeks to process a batch, while bottom-fermenting lagers take 3-4 weeks to process. Thus, a brewery’s annual production capacity is determined primarily by the number and size of the tanks (fermentation and serving) that it has, and the annual production capacity of a brewery is expanded by adding additional tanks. For example, with a 2-week production cycle beer, in a 50-week work year, each fermentation tank can process 25 batches of beer. So, if you have a 4-hectoliter fermenter, one 4-hl fermenter x 25 batches = 100 hectoliters/10,000 liters of beer per tank per year.

So, as I mentioned above, your equipment selection will be determined by how much beer (measured in liters/hectoliters) you think that you can sell per year, and also by the number of different beers you want to have available on tap at the same time.

The different brewpub brewing systems that we offer, in ascending size of brewhouse, are as follows. The maximum annual production capacities are based on producing 2-week production cycle ales, and assume that you have a sufficient number of tanks to physically store the volume of beer being brewed.

  • 4-hl/3.5-bbl System: 500 barrels/600 hectoliters/60,000 liters per year
  • 10-hl/8.5-bbl System: 1,200 barrels/1,400 hectoliters/140,000 liters per year
  • 17.5-hl/15-bbl System: 3,000 barrels/3,500 hectoliters/350,000 liters per year

To see each of these different brewing systems, please go to the Brewpub Equipment section of our website at www.alliedbeveragetanks.com.

In choosing the appropriate brewing system for your needs, please keep in mind that all of the equipment in a brewing system is sized for that particular system. If you outgrow the size of your brewhouse vessels, then you will have to replace the entire brewing system. When you plan for expansion, it is better to project your sales, and thus your production requirements for three years into the future, put in a brewhouse that is large enough for your Year Three volume of production, and then start your brewery with only enough tanks to meet your Year 1 volume of production. Then, as your sales increase, and your production requirements grow, you can expand the production capacity of you brewing system by just adding additional new tanks as needed.

WHERE DO YOU BUILD ABT TANKS AND BREWHOUSES?

tanks3All ABT tanks and standard brewhouses are built according to our own engineering designs and North American quality control standards at our own factory in Harbin, China – which builds only for us. We employ own full-time quality control inspector, who is our employee, at the factory, to keep an eye on things. Additionally, my partner Jim Krejcie, who is our chief engineer, visits the factory every six weeks or so to conduct his own inspections. Basically, we are providing American tanks that happen to be built in China, rather than “Chinese” tanks. We also, in addition to the standard one year limited parts and labor warranty, also provide, in writing, a 60-day after delivery “If you don’t love your tanks, we’ll buy them back, no questions asked” guarantee – the only such guarantee in our industry.

Our automated brewhouses are built at our second factory in Cambridge, ON in Canada, which also supplies all of our brewhouse control panels. Our boilers come from Pottsville, PA, glycol chillers from Prosperity, SC, pumps from Kenosha, WI and filters from Milan, Italy. From the four corners of the globe to your front door – we sweat the details, so that you don’t have to.

We also list every client brewery in the Customer reference section of our website at http://www.alliedbeveragetanks.com/, including not only their contact information, but also what they have ordered from us, and how often then have reordered from us. As you do your due diligence, you will find that our industry peers are not nearly as transparent as we are.

All ABT tanks:

  • Include all necessary valves, clamps and fittings
  • Have true shadowless manways for complete CIP cleaning coverage
  • A 5.5-inch dry-hopping port on the top dome
  • Brand-name fittings such as Definox PRVs
  • Our cooling jackets are complete wrap-arounds, and cover at least 75% of the wall and cone surface area, which is far more than most other brewery tanks in the market.
  • Our 304 stainless steel inner wall is 3mm, as compared to 2.5mm for most of our competitors
    Our tank legs merge seamlessly into the tank sidewalls – no rivets, welded plaques or silicone caulking.
  • The interior welds are polished to pharmaceutical grade finishes.
  • Have C.E. certification for sale and use in the European Union and reciprocal certification countries.

ABT tanks are comparable to the best of high grade manufacturers, but at more reasonable prices. This is why we have a substantial number of client breweries who reorder and reorder again from us. Remember, you are buying tank to use for a long, long time. If quality workmanship and substantial value for your money matter to you, then ABT is your obvious choice.

 

HOW LONG HAS ALLIED BEVERAGE TANKS BEEN IN BUSINESS?

ABT Tech SupportABT started out as a tech service company in 1993 (we added on new equipment manufacturing in 2005), and we still are a technical support company; doing a lot of service work that has nothing to do with new equipment sales. What this means for you is that when you have an “issue” – and in the Real World you will, we have the personnel and inclination to deal with it – promptly, and without fuss. With ABT the job is not complete until you say “Alan, I am satisfied.”

 

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