Brewing beer is a time-honored tradition that requires expertise, carefully selected ingredients, and the right equipment. Nitrogen plays a key role in this process, especially in packaging and in tank purging. That is why it is crucial to have access to top-quality nitrogen for breweries. Pneumatech is the gas generation expert and partner that can deliver a nitrogen solution that meets the specific needs of every brewery, large or small.
As brewers say, “oxygen is beer’s worst enemy.” As an inert gas, nitrogen prevents potential quality problems that would arise from contamination with oxygen. It is used to move beer between vessels and to blanket tanks in order to control the conditioning stage. When kegs are cleaned between use, they are often filled with nitrogen.
Both nitrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) are inert gases used to flush, purge, infuse and package beer. For many processes, CO2 can be replaced with nitrogen. In fact, nitrogen is the preferred solution, except for carbonation requirements. Some breweries prefer nitrogen over CO2 to nitrogenate their beer, as it creates a smoother texture with fine bubbles. In addition, as CO2 is highly soluble in beer, it could introduce excess carbonation.
From a business point of view, nitrogen can offer huge cost savings. It is much less expensive than CO2, and it isn't subject to CO2’s volatile pricing. In addition, CO2 tends to experience supply chain issues, leaving breweries without the inert gas they need. An on-site nitrogen generator eliminates this production roadblock.
Because of the many uses of nitrogen gas throughout the production and packaging process, breweries have a specific set of nitrogen requirements:
Although on-site nitrogen generation offers more benefits, many breweries still purchase their nitrogen.
Here are just four:
When it comes to nitrogen for breweries, one size doesn't fit all. Pneumatech knows that the realities of a large production facility are much different from the requirements of a small craft brewery. That is why we don’t offer a uniform brewery solution that would work for only a few. Fortunately, our nitrogen generator product range is extensive and flexible, allowing us to present every brewery with a solution that meets its specific needs.
The PPNG HE is Pneumatech’s premium high-flow PSA nitrogen generator, giving breweries best-in-class performance, efficiency, and purity:
The PMNG is the quiet, compact and convenient membrane nitrogen generator that offers the gas quality, purity and reliability craft breweries need:
Ease of use: Operation, including purity selection, is straightforward.
Pneumatech offers you more than “just” the best nitrogen generator for breweries available on the market. We can also provide food-grade compressed air and process filters.
Contact us with the details about your brewery, such as your nitrogen usage or the size of generator you need. Our industry experts will put together the best on-site gas solution for you. If you don’t have that information or need help, they are ready to help you through the specification process.