O-41. Are U.S. brewers ready for beer membrane filtration (BMF)?

Presenter: Rik Schuurman, Pentair Haffmans, Venlo, The Netherlands

The filtration of beer with membrane filters is gaining a serious foothold in beer markets worldwide. Brewers recognize the advantages of this relatively new technology. From the perspective of beer quality, membrane filtered beer is consistently and significantly better for turbidity, physical/ chemical stability, and taste stability. Next, by eliminating diatomaceous earth (DE), disposal and health issues are no longer a concern for the brewery. The operation of membrane filtration is simple and straightforward, with very short stopstart- stop times and fast brand changes. In addition, CAPEX and OPEX are competitive, especially with the new BMF compact unit. Beer membrane filters (BMF) have been on the market for more than 10 years. In the first quarter of 2013, Pentair wrote its 50th order for a BMF, but no U.S. brewery has a BMF installed even though U.S. breweries produce about 10% of the world’s beer. In this presentation the latest BMF design will be discussed, along with the results of an analysis on how BMF, and especially the new compact unit, fits into the U.S. brewing industry. In addition, misconceptions like the need for a centrifuge and compatibility to stabilization methods will be discussed.

Rik Schuurman has more than 25 years of experience in the brewing industry and has been a senior process engineer at Pentair since 1999. He is a brewmaster specializing in the design and engineering of all kinds of brewery systems. For the last 10 years, his work has focused on beer membrane filtration as an alternative to diatomaceous earth filtration.

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