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Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:58:54 AM »
Ive been doing alot of research and also searching forums, im curious what software breweries use for for monitoring their actual brewing process, i see a lot of breweries use some but they never tell me what they are, something like sabco brew magic but stand alone software, also what software to manage and follow their fermentation, anyone know id greatly appreciate it, thank you guys in advance

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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 09:15:56 AM »
The scale of production seems to be pretty huge before it is monitored by software.  I'd wager that your typical regional craft brewer with a 15 barrel brewery and a handful of 30--60 barrel fermenters has a control panel on the brewery that looks like a larger version of what some pretty serious homebrewers have worked up for their systems.  Two pumps on the brewery, two pumps for HLT and CLT, flow control on the pumps, temperature control on the HLT and CLT and, if they're lucky, control for rakes in the mashtun.

Routing fluids is often handled at a junction box with tri-clover fittings and valves on the various tanks.  Levels are generally determined with sight glass/gauges.

Fermentation records and temperature control is often accomplished by Ranco controllers hooked up to the glycol pumps and clip boards hung on the fermenters.

I know the larger breweries are less hands on.  Don't know what software they are using.
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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 09:22:07 AM »
I don't know where the software (Brewmaxx) comes from, but here are a couple screen shots of what Sierra Nevada uses.  IIRC, when I was there in Nov. they were about to upgrade the software.



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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 11:25:27 AM »
Fancy stuff.  When a buddy of mine was looking to purchase St. Arnold's old equipment last year, I tagged along.  They had some software setup that they basically never got up and running.  Instead, they were using Rancos and clip boards.  My brother in law toured their new brewery a few weeks ago and remarked about the clipboards on the fermenters that are apparently still doing just fine.
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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 02:08:14 PM »
I don't know where the software (Brewmaxx) comes from, but here are a couple screen shots of what Sierra Nevada uses.  IIRC, when I was there in Nov. they were about to upgrade the software.




I think that is PLC controller display.
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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 07:11:02 PM »
Here's what I'm about to use in my system, 15 bbl on 30 bbl fermenters.
http://www.embeddedcontrolconcepts.com/
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Re: Pro Brewery software, Pc fermentation regulating
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2012, 08:18:04 AM »
THanks a lot guys, been looking into custom software written in VB, I helps getting actual user photos and ideas,