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Title: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: In The Sand on February 13, 2013, 04:10:23 AM
Looking for some input for 3-10 bbl brewery efficiencies. Thanks.
Title: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: majorvices on February 13, 2013, 04:53:01 AM
not sure how to answer. It will depend n your equipment and process.
Title: Re: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on February 13, 2013, 12:08:31 PM
Ask your vendors, then subtract 10% or so for raw material pricing/ordering at first.

Just like in homebrew, efficiency can hinge on the operator and process as much as the equipment.
Title: Re: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: In The Sand on February 13, 2013, 12:51:13 PM
What I was trying to do was find a conservative efficiency to put in beersmith to project materials ordering/pricing.  Is 75% conservative enough, too conservative?  I know it will vary with equipment, but since I don't have that equipment yet, I'm making a lot of assumptions.
Title: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: majorvices on February 13, 2013, 01:47:39 PM
75% is a good place to start.  What do you normally get on your homebrew equipment?
Title: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: In The Sand on February 13, 2013, 01:53:27 PM
75% is a good place to start.  What do you normally get on your homebrew equipment?

About 70-75%.
Title: Re: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: tschmidlin on February 13, 2013, 05:15:55 PM
75% is a good place to start.  What do you normally get on your homebrew equipment?

About 70-75%.
I would set it at 70% if you are doing cost projections.  It is always better to overestimate your costs than to underestimate them.
Title: Re: Pro Brewery Efficiency
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on February 13, 2013, 06:43:06 PM
If your brewhouse is between 3 and 10 BBLs, I'm guessing you won't have rakes in the mash tun and will need to agitate the mash by hand.  If this is the case, I think you can assume that your efficiency won't be much different than your homebrewing efficiency (at least, it's a good place to start, like others have suggested).  But as you start to get into brewhouse sizes like 15, 20, 30 BBLS, I think the efficiency should increase pretty dramatically, as the mash is constantly agitated by rakes in those systems (more like 80%-85%).  At least, this is what my research over the past few months leads me to believe.