Many breweries have already converted their processes or are already preparing intensively for a change-over so that they can look to the future with a positive outlook and a clear conscience. We're talking about kieselguhr-free filtration, which is a real success with the combination of TFS filters from Krones subsidiary Steinecker and VarioFluxx® PreCoat filtration from ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH.
The two companies have now signed a cooperation agreement at the BrauBeviale 2023 in Nuremberg and are looking forward to working together for the industry.
In beer production, sustainability and economic efficiency are becoming increasingly important. Until now, diatomaceous earth has often been used as a filter aid in filtration, but many breweries are looking for a replacement for diatomaceous earth due to the harmful dust development for the user and the increasingly problematic disposal.
And this is where ERBSLÖH and Steinecker come into play. The two companies have joined forces to offer a genuine alternative to diatomaceous earth with a combination of filter and filter aid that offers a major advantage: The raw materials used - perlite and cellulose - come from Germany and Europe. The shorter transport routes significantly reduce the associated CO₂ footprint. At the same time, dependence on global trade is reduced and high transport costs are eliminated.
"The ERBSLÖH VarioFluxx® technology consists of an innovative combination of selected perlite types that have been combined with specially developed, sustainable cellulose fibres. This allows diatomaceous earth to be eliminated as a filter aid without any loss of quality and with potentially increased filtration performance in beer production". The Steinecker Twin Flow Filter System and the alternative technology from ERBSLÖH combine the advantages of classic precoat filtration with a sustainable and future-proof application. An unbeatable combination," explained Wolfgang Müller, Head of Sales Key Account at Steinecker GmbH. In order to meet the high demands of beer filtration, ERBSLÖH has developed two filter aid mixtures that are used specifically for the first and second precoat. The first precoat Vario-Fluxx® PreCoat1 forms a well-structured and stable filter layer, the second precoat VarioFluxx® PreCoat2 forms a fine clarifying layer to reduce turbidity. The ongoing dosage is carried out with special perlites.
"Steinecker has realised the most innovative development in precoat filtration in recent years with the TFS, and with the VarioFluxx® it now also has the right alternative for filtering beers in a future-oriented, economical and sustainable way. In short, the pot gets its lid or, in brewing parlance, the bottle gets the right crown cork," said Volker Müller, Head of Brewing at ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH. Thanks to its register concept, the TFS Twin Flow System promises a high level of economic efficiency, offers low losses thanks to the very small mixing phase during discharge after precoating and conserves the resources used.
In future, customers will be able to rely on the combined expertise of the two specialists. Anyone wishing to find out more about the new co-operation in person can contact their colleagues from ERBSLÖH at Stand 219 in Hall 7 and their colleagues from Steinecker at Stand 510 in Hall 7A during BrauBeviale.