Steinecker Brew Centre: World’s Most Sophisticated Research Brewery Has Been Inaugurated

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 | 1432 Views

Krones has a brewery of its own at its facility in Freising: the Steinecker Brew Centre provides both clients and Krones itself with an option for collaborative brewing, conducting trials, and testing new technologies. The heart of the new brewing pilot plant is a five-hectolitre brewhouse comprising five different vessels.

“The system is small, but it offers maximum flexibility. We can combine different technologies, and are able to demonstrate the large bandwidth of solutions offered by Krones. For example, we can reproduce an ultra-wide range of internationally employed processes while familiarising our own commissioning engineers and clients’ staff with the technologies concerned,” explained Dr. Konrad Müller-Auffermann, who was responsible for this project, at the inauguration ceremony held on 19 June 2018.

To justify the appellation of “the world’s most sophisticated research brewery”, the high-tech facility has been networked using IT to the very latest state-of-the-art. For this, the Brew Centre continues to liaise very closely with Krones’ subsidiary Syskron, which has integrated its ReadyKit and Share2Act products into the Steinecker Brew Centre.

In the Freising brewing pilot plant, both clients and Krones staff can now run practical trials to find out which process-engineering solutions are most efficiently suited to beverage production and how digital interfacing can assist the brewer in his daily work. Thanks to the Brew Centre, in future it will be possible to develop new products faster and test them under realistic conditions.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Krones clients, academics and other experts from the sector. Krones’ Executive Board and staff, Heiko Feuring who heads the Steinecker Plant and the Breweries business line, emphasised the project’s swift progress: “We were able to translate this investment project worth 2.6 million euros into hands-on reality within one year.”