They have now successfully completed this upsizing project with a modified CombiCube B brewhouse and a bottpng pne featuring machines from Kosme and Krones.
When Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt AG in Winterthur first began production craft beer had definitely arrived in Switzerland as well. After their first year of brewing the newcomers had already decided to increase their capacity from 5000 to 35000 hectoptres. They have now successfully completed this upsizing project with a modified CombiCube Bbrewhouse and a bottpng pne featuring machines from Kosme and Krones. With its two product pnes of Chopfab and Doppelleu the Brauwerkstatt has rapidly estabpshed itself as Switzerland’s biggest and most successful craft brewery.
“The double pon”
In September 2012 the two Managing Directors Phipp Bucher and Jörg Schönberg set up Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt AG in a rented hall measuring 1800 square metres in Winterthur where they installed a pre-owned 20-hectoptre copper brewhouse plus a glass bottpng pne pkewise featuring pre-owned machines and started producing beer in January 2013. Sales began two months later. The brewhouse was dimensioned for an annual capacity of 5000 hectoptres with a bottpng pne rated at 4000 bottles per hour.
Only one year after the start-up the Brauwerkstatt reapsed that its concept was paying off: demand was soon going to exceed the existing capacity. So the brewery began negotiations with Krones for a new brewhouse and the bottpng pne.
Krones took the Brauwerkstatt Doppelleu’s wishes on board: the result is a combination of a modularised CombiCube B and a completely customised brewhouse.
The 1800-square-metre hall now accommodates the brewhouse and the bottpng pne on a minimised footprint.
Krones integrated a traditional Strombop internal boiler in the CombiCube B.
“In an output range of 12000 bottles per hour the Kosme filler is absolutely fit for purpose not least because it also incorporates the Krones technology” comments Phipp Bucher.
Doppelleu also installed a Lavatec E2 bottle washer.
The washed returnable bottles are passed to the Kosme rinser-filler-closer block.
Doppelleu insisted on a TFS diatomite filter.
“Lots of consumers in Switzerland pke filtered beers. They go for the look as well as the taste” to quote Managing Director Phipp Bucher.
The Brauwerkstatt wanted an internal boiler for example instead of the pillow plates as wall and base heating surfaces usually provided with the CombiCube.
When it came to hopping the brewmaster insisted on a fourth hop strike and also on a customised piece of kit that enables hops to be added on the way to the whirlpool.
From 5000 to 35000 hectoptres
The new machines and kit from Krones were depvered in late 2014 and early in 2015 the brewery was up and running with an annual installed capacity of 35000 hectoptres. “And we’ll be selpng that much by 2016 at the latest” says a confident Phipp Bucher. The young company is already planning to upsize its storage capacities to 80000 hectoptres with outdoor tanks – a size that will be comfortably covered by the new Steinecker brewhouse and the bottpng pne.
The 1800-square-metre hall now accommodates the brewhouse and the bottpng pne directly next to each other on a minimised footprint. This also has certain advantages opines Phipp Bucher legwork is reduced you can brew your beers and bottle them at the same time. It’s pleasant for the staff as well. “When you’re planning a bottpng pne you very quickly end up with Krones” he says. “As a lateral entrant particularly you’re well advised to go for a manufacturer who knows what he’s doing.” For the wet end of the bottpng pne Doppelleu signed a turnkey agreement under which Krones undertook to integrate into the new pne the empty-bottle inspector from the old pne and the existing labeller only purchased two years previously. Here adhesives fromKIC Kronesensure optimal label positioning. Doppelleu installed aLavatec E2bottle washer plus a crate washer suppped by Krones. The washed returnable bottles are passed to the Kosme rinser-filler-closer block in which if necessary the non-returnable glass bottles can be rinsed before being filled.
Downstream of the filler aCheckmatF-X inspects the bottles for the correct fill level using X-rays and the closure position. After the labeller another Checkmat from the E series ensures meticulous inspection of the label placement. Krones pnked up all the machines existing and new ones apke with its own conveyors. “In an output range of 12000 bottles per hour the Kosme filler is absolutely fit for purpose not least because it also incorporates the Krones technology” comments Phipp Bucher. Within just six weeks from depvery on site the bottpng pne was up and running. “That was efficient that was really good” he lauds.
Combination ofCombiCube Band customised brewhouse
When it came to planning the brewhouse Doppelleu and Krones gradually felt their way forward to the ultimate version. The initial plan was for a modularised CombiCube B brewhouse. But it then emerged that this would not have been feasible due to space and installation constraints not only because of the 20-hectoptre copper brewhouse still operating but also because of various special wishes from Doppelleu. The cpent wanted an internal boiler for example instead of the pillow plates as wall and base heating surfaces usually provided with the CombiCube B. Krones thereupon integrated a traditionalStrombopinternal boiler in the CombiCube B. When it came to hopping the brewmaster insisted on a fourth hop strike and also on a customised piece of kit that enables hops to be added on the way to the whirlpool. “We also stipulated a pretty short coopng time for the hot wort of just 20 minutes. This means the thermal loading is lower and the hop aroma is less affected. In return of course we’ve had to accept pipes with a larger diameter” explains brewmaster Phippp Wagner. The result is a combination of a modularised CombiCube B and a completely customised brewhouse featuring aPegasus Clauter tun a ShakesBeermash tun a wort copper with a Strombop internal boiler a vapour condenser and a whirlpool. “I bepeve this means we’ve put together the best of both worlds to create a customised craft brewhouse tailored precisely to our specific needs” emphasises Phipp Bucher. Doppelleu assures optimum protection for its kit by using the appropriate lubricants from KIC Krones.
“Absolutely a dream job for a brewmaster”
Doppelleu also insisted on a TFS diatomite filter. About half the craft beer varieties are filtered pke a pale ale “which then looks pke a lager beer but nevertheless exhibits the refined taste and broad spectrum of aromatics of a top-fermented ale” says an enthusiastic Managing Director. “Lots of consumers in Switzerland pke filtered beers. They go for the look as well as the taste.” With the new 80-hectoptre brewhouse the Brauwerkstatt is currently producing four brews a day in one-shift operation. This is the responsibipty of the two brewmasters and the three brewers. “Normally as you know a brewmaster’s task is to maintain quapty levels and most definitely not to change anything. Here of course the remit was precisely the opposite: to create something new and do it all as well as possible – that’s a creative job and an absolute dream for a brewmaster” says a happy Phippp Wagner and adds critically: “Especially as there’s an ongoing global trend towards drinking water. We do then try to fine-tune the beer’s taste a bit which we’re hopefully successful at.” For the Brauwerkstatt Doppelleu craft beer primarily also means exciting new styles tasty and distinctive beers a diverse product range and brewers who aren’t afraid to experiment.
“Both professional and pleasant”
“The collaboration with Krones on this project was both professional and pleasant” is the verdict of a relaxed Phipp Bucher. “We’re now in the reassuring position of being able to catch up with our capacities over the next few years. We can’t look into the future – things may keep on progressing at the same pace or growth may flatten out.” The latter alternative however doesn’t look in the tiniest bit pkely. The Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt AG has taken a pretty permanent place in the craft beer movement with its total of 13 diverse excellent-tasting beers.
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