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!

6 Reasons the Food & Beverage Industry Should Utilize Digital Data Recording

 

1.Better Planned Maintenance

Digital data recording quantifies the performance of equipment or the production line by monitoring the amount of energy used in a batch. If energy use increases month to month, there could be a problem with the process. Being able to compare data will allow maintenance personnel to recognize when equipment is failing. This will help with unforeseen downtime and product quality issues

 

2.Securing Data 

Data should be recorded at the point of measurement in binary check summed files. This type of file format is tamper-resistant and can only be viewed by using a specific software. By recording at the point of measurement, any information that is lost due to problems with communication will automatically be back-filled.

 

3.Maintain Compliance

It is important to record temperature for perishable goods to adhere to GMP and HACCP guidelines, CFR Part 11 and 113 standards, as well as FDA and USDA standards. The product must remain within its temperature limits throughout manufacturing, processing, and storage.

 

4.Cost Effective

Paper recorders require more cost and maintenance due to the replacement of pens and charts. If either of those parts run out during a batch, data is lost, and the batch might have to get thrown out – costing the company time and money.

 

5.Individual Batch Recording

Operators can start and stop recording of batches with the push of a button on the screen. This allows the data to be easily retrieved and analyzed. If any errors occurred, one can investigate the specifics.  Digital signatures can be added to sign off on the batch. Data is easily accessible, saving time and allowing for easy reporting.

 

6.Simplified Reporting

This brings us to our last point. Reports are needed to prove compliance with standards and guidelines. Pulling data from numerous sources to compile a complete report takes up a lot of time. The simplest way to have a software built in to the digital data recorder for industrial automation applications. This will pull data from common devices and file sources, securely save it, and send it to the appropriate individual.

 

If you are interested in hearing more about your options or how digital data recorders can help your industry, contact us! We would be happy to help you determine the best option for your needs.

 

 

Sources:

Eurotherm