Anthony: How much faster is your new plate and frame filter than the old one?
Bob: It’s not necessarily any faster than the old one because the pumps, centrifuge, and pasteurizer still run at the same speed. The big difference is that there is a lot more filter surface, which means that we can run much longer and filter more beer between filter pad changes. This saves the time it takes to shut down, change out, and restart the system in mid-run. We also eliminate the beer loss associated with priming the filter after every pad change, which can be considerable. What we have gained is greater efficiency, rather than greater speed.
Linda: What do you do during “maintenance?” Scrubbing or mechanical?
Bob: Both. We like to keep things really clean, and we also like to keep up on routine mechanical things so we don’t have any breakdowns during operation.
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