Data Loggers in Breweries

As Beer City USA, breweries have taken over GR and the rest is hops, beer, and history. Each brewery has perfected their unique process of craft beer production. To ensure quality and the individualistic taste, which sets each brewery apart, data loggers are used throughout the production process to monitor and record different factors such as CO2, Pressure, Humidity, Temperature, and pH.

CO2

Carbon dioxide is given off by yeast during fermentation, it is used during the bottling process, used to give beer carbonation, and to allow extended shelf life. CO2 is a naturally occurring chemical compound; however, in large amounts, it can be toxic. In breweries, the maximum permitted carbon dioxide concentration is 5%  during an 8 hour period. To protect the production of your product as well as the health of your personnel, it’s important to track the amount of CO2 being produced.

Temperature

Temperature is monitored throughout the entire process, but it is particularly important during the mash, fermentation, and pasteurization processes. During the hot water steeping process, malt enzymes are activated producing sugars. During the fermentation process, sugars are broken down by yeast. Yeast is greatly affected by temperature. Too high of a temperature can cause the yeast to grow in abundance, and too low of temperature could cause the yeast to go dormant. Pasteurization is the process of heat-treating beer to inhibit the growth of microorganisms. One will want to closely monitor the temperature to ensure a consistent taste within their product. Minimal differences in temperature can greatly affect the quality. For this reason, high precision and accuracy are needed in the process. Thermocouple sensors aren’t accurate enough for this application, but data loggers are.

pH

pH is also monitored to maintain a consistent taste. It is often measured during the water treatment, malting, lautering & sparging, boil, fermentation, and yeast washing processes. Many reactions take place during the production of beer, most of which are sensitive to pH. To finer tune the individualistic taste, pH can be a useful tool to adjust and monitor. Using an automated, highly accurate, wireless system to record, monitor, and track your data is very labor and time effective. Data Loggers have alarming capability to inform you of any variance and allow information to be tracked in real time, to allow you to make any necessary changes before a batch is ruined. To browse our selection of Data Loggers, take a look at what’s offered online. If you don’t see what you need, contact us for a quote!

Equipment Needed for the Cannabis Industry

So you’re thinking about opening up a dispensary, becoming a grower or expanding your scope to include testing of cannabis. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to this new opportunity. You’ll want to ensure compliance to legal for trade requirements and do everything you can to guarantee a high quality product. We have listed a few pieces of equipment that you may want to consider investing in.

 

Bench Scales & Balances:

Scales must be certified by the NTEP and classified as a Class II Balance to be considered legal for trade. Scales need to meet these requirements for you to be able to sell product by weight. You’ll want the scale to weigh in increments of 0.01 grams since the product will often weigh less than one ounce.

 

Data Loggers:

To optimize growth potential the environment needs to be closely monitored. Data Loggers track temperature, humidity, pH and CO2 levels to prevent mold growth and CO2 toxicity. Analyzing data will allow you to compare previous results and determine what environmental conditions work best for growth.

 

Inspection Systems:

This includes Checkweighers, Metal Detection Systems and X-Ray Systems. Inspection systems will increase process efficiency and ensure quality is met.

 

Moisture Analyzers:

These are used to control moisture content and avoid microbial growth. Some states regulate %MC. If moisture content is above a certain percentage, the product fails. Likely, the curing process was done incorrectly. You’ll want to maintain the optimal amount of moisture in the drying, curing and storage areas to keep your product in prime condition.

 

If you need help determining what equipment would be best for your application, give us a call! You be the expert in your product. We’ll be the expert in your measuring instrumentation.

 

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Marijuana Dispensary Scales

AND Cannabis Industry

Moisture Content Testing

Cannabis Cultivation