After conducting extensive research and visiting several facilities with equipment similar to what they had envisioned, Creature Comforts chose a four-vessel Steinecker CombiCube B brewhouse from Krones. Now, they are able to brew 85 barrels of beer per brew, which more than doubled their previous output immediately. “The quality of the brewhouse was evident and the price was better than the competition compared to other fully automated systems,” says Beauchamp.
And from startup we never had to throw out a batch – not even the first one.
Some of the things Adam Beauchamp likes about the Krones Botec process control system – besides its meeting his quality expectations – are its ease of use, the myriad recipes available for the batch process, and how easy it is to train people on it: “You have ultimate control over the process – every single detail,” he says. “Nearly every batch is consistent. For craft brewers with hundreds of brewing options, this is very key to a quality brew. I think Krones really understands craft brewers better than a lot of companies.”
Creature Comforts demands quality not only for its brewhouse but also for its can filling operation. That’s why the craft brewery chose the Krones Craftmate filler, which can fill 250 12-ounce cans per minute. Daniel Sossa, packaging manager for Creature Comforts, had worked on Krones equipment before at another brewery and said he appreciates the technology because of its precise fills and ease of maintenance: “I like that the filler is infinitely scalable. It’s a perfect option for a counter pressure filler that isn’t mechanical.”