As a company committed to making positive impact within the communities it serves, 4 Pines Brewing Company is dedicated to the planet and addressing climate change and water use. The brewery estimates it sells the equivalent of 20 million pints of beer annually.
Without compromising on hygiene, 4 Pines sought to:
“Ecolab’s custom-built solutions helps us reduce our water and energy consumption, whilst ensuring our beer is produced and bottled as safely and hygienically as possible.” – Chris Willcock, Chief Brewer, 4 Pines
Working together with Ecolab, 4 Pines has implemented a number of custom-built solutions to help reduce water and energy consumption, while positively impacting overall operations by ensuring safety and hygiene are not compromised.
This includes a cleaning in place (CIP) solution called 3DT CIP that has the capabilities to recover, treat and re-use caustic and final rinse water to save both chemistry and water.
To further conserve water (and chemicals), 4 Pines is also running inline treatments periodically to eliminate the need to drain and refill its caustic tanks. What’s more, the CIP system is automated and incorporates wireless technology to control both the tank supply valve pulsing as well as the mobile CIP return pump, ensuring optimal water use at all times.
In a bid to reduce turnaround times on the fermenters for 4 Pines, Ecolab has also developed and installed a carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction system to purge the gas from its tanks to improve operational efficiency and energy use. This process reduces the levels of caustic depletion during CIP, further saving chemical losses and downtime from rework. As a result, 4 Pines can improve tank availability and production output significantly.
Chris Willcock, Chief Brewer, 4 Pines, said, “Ecolab’s custom-built solutions helps us reduce our water and energy consumption, whilst ensuring our beer is produced and bottled as safely and hygienically as possible.”
Working with Ecolab, over the last nine months, 4 Pines has experienced:
4 Pines Brewing Company was established as a microbrewery in 2008 in Manly, New South Wales. The company now resides within the Carlton & United family of breweries.
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