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O-32. Engineering and design of brewery water deaeration systems

Presenter: J. David Duff, FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Romeoville, IL
Coauthor: Joshua Brickel, FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, St. Louis, MO

This paper covers the basic principles involved in deaerating water. Based upon these principles, this paper details the critical design parameters that need to be taken into consideration by brewers to help identify the operational specifications they need to be aware of for ensuring the right design. There are different technologies available for controlling dissolved oxygen. This discussion will identify the options and describe their benefits, capabilities, and limitations. A relatively comprehensive review of selection of components, determination of the level of automation, and considerations that need to be taken into account for properly integrating the deaeration system with existing brewery operations will be covered. Finally, an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing and installing a brewery water-deaeration system is provided to help brewers budget for this improvement.

David Duff has been a member of MBAA since 1982 and has held positions in his local district, as well as contributed on the Technical Committee as an organizer and session moderator. He has presented at MBAA Annual Conferences on several occasions, covering brewery pasteurization technologies. David began his career with Labatt Brewing Company in Canada. In 1997 David left Labatt to join forces with the Stroh Brewing Company as director of packaging operations. He now holds the position of North American sales executive with FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, part of the Barry-Wehmiller Group of Companies, where he specializes in brewery process equipment technologies. 

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