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How to Calculate The Capacity of Steam Boiler For My Brewery Equipment?

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How to Calculate The Capacity of Steam Boiler For My Brewery Equipment?


As we all know, it is very important to have a suitable capacity for a brewery. 

Proper capacity of steam boiler can have a good heating effect, 

especially if we want to brew two batches or more one day.So what capacity steam boiler do I need? 

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How to calculate the heating requirements for brewery equipment?

Let's take 1000l brewery equipment for example.

First Let us assume we put 20% malt, 80% water with infusion method.

80% water equals 800L water based 1000L brewhouse

1L water =2.2lbs, so 1000L = 2200 lbs.

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Based on our calculation, 1BTU=1 lbs* 1F

Temp rise from 131F (55 Celsius) to 172.4F (78 Celsius) in MLT

131F(55C) to 172.4F(78C) = 41.4F

Number of BTUs to bring those temperature in 25 mins,

2200 lbs X 41.4F X 2.4(time factor) = 218,592 BTUs

So the consumption for 1000l mash tank is 218,592BTUs


The wort capacity will be about 1100L after sparging, so 1100L=2420 lbs

Temp rise from mash/wort to boil,

172.4F(78C) to 212F(boiling) = 39.6F

Number of BTUs to bring wort to boil in 45 mins,

2420lbs X 39.6F X 1.33(time factor) = 127,457 BTUs

Now add ~5% to achieve boil off.

127,457 X 1.05 =133,830BTUs

So the consumption for 1000l kettle/whirlpool tank is 133,830BTUs


Temp rise in hot water tank: 2000L = 4400 lbs.

Follow same math for hot liquor, temp rise 77F(25C) to 176F(80) = 99F

Number of BTUs to bring hot liquor to temp in 3 hours.

4400lbs X 99F X .33(time factor) = 143,748BTUs

So the consumption for 2000l hot water tank is 143,748BTUs


Above all, the total BTU requires 496,170BTU (which equals about 146KW or 200KG/H) 

if mash tank and boiling tank, hot water tank are heated at same time.

But if hot water tank are heated during night, it will be in his temperature before brewing.

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Then 352,420BTU (which equals about 104KW or 150KG/H) is enough

 when the mash tank and boiling tank are heated at the same time. 

But we suggest 200KG/H brewery steam boiler for you, 

as the cost is similar for 150KG/H and 200KG/H brewery boiler.


In that way, we can also provide steam source to other equipment, for example keg washer.

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