Usually, three brews a day are produced in the MicroCube in two eight-hour shifts. Occasionally, it may be as much as five brews, which then require two twelve-hour shifts with two operators each. The three-kettle brewhouse features a mash tun, a lauter tun, a brew-kettle with integrated whirlpool and vapour compressor and is controlled by the Botec F1 process control system. Three hop-dosing tanks make for a high number of hopping variants.
Andreas Falkenberg is the brewmaster and the filling hall manager. He is certain that he wants to stick with this high number of different beers in the future as well. In addition, the plan is to use the MicroCube for trying out ten to 20 new types a year, some of which will be exclusively on tap in the adjacent brewpub. “The MicroCube brewhouse works well, and offers us the degree of flexibility we expected,” says Andreas Falkenberg. And since demand for the specialty beers had been huge after the very first year, the brewery will be expanding its maturing capacities by another four 100-hectolitre tanks in late 2018.
Highly flexible filling operations
The line handles a total of five different shapes and sizes of bottle, two of them holding 330 millilitres, two 500 millilitres and one 750 millilitres. “On the line, we are producing around 60 different SKUs,” explains Andreas Falkenberg, “and the new line has substantially upgraded our flexibility levels. It’s predestined for relatively small quantities, in particular. We’ve already been able to remove one bottle type, the 500-millilitre long-neck bottle, completely from the big line’s programme, thus saving on change-over times there. If, however, we’re handling larger batches for a certain type, then we can, of course, use the bigger bottling line, rated at 35,000 bottles an hour. Which is what we’re doing for the Schiøtz and Lottrup types.” For filling its craft-beer types into kegs, Royal Unibrew uses an existing kegging line. When certain beers are to be filled in cans, this is handled by the sister brewery in Faxe.
The Kosme line has substantially upgraded our flexibility levels.