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Europe: GEA installs brewing system in the UK

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UK’s Fourpure Brewing Co. will install the GEA Craft-Star skid mounted brewing system from GEA as part of £2 million (US$2.58 million) growth project to increase its production by 400 % to 14 million pints (8 million liters) a year.

The GEA brewing technology will reduce the time it takes for Fourpure to brew each batch of beer, allowing it to improve quality control and increase production.

With the contract signed in the beginning of May 2017 and the equipment being fully installed end of summer, this is GEA’s first reference site for Craft-Star in the UK.

In 2016, the Fourpure brewery invested £1.4 million on a canning and packaging line to can its entire core range of beers.

This new project with GEA will allow Fourpure to make the best possible use of its current site while expanding production.

It will also allow the brewery to experiment with new recipes using the GEA equipment, laying the foundations for the next expansion in early 2019.

The Craft-Star to be installed at Fourpure brewery is an off-the-shelf, four-vessel system designed for batch sizes of 40 hectoliters of hot wort and can produce up to seven batches a day.

The system will be supplied to Fourpure Brewing Co. pre-piped and pre-wired, ready-to-install.

It will have been fully tested in the GEA factory in Kitzingen, Germany, prior to dispatch.

Automatic control is through a combination of manual and motorized valves that control more than 80 % of the brewing process – mashing, lautering, wort boiling and whirlpooling – operated through an easy-to-read touch panel monitor.