“In the context of service, operational reliability and uniformity, the choice was made to select Packo as a unique partner for the supply and installation of the production pumps."
Wouter Vermeersch, owner brewery Eutropius
Eutropius Brewery is a small brewery located in the rustic South West Flanders. Their specialty is brewing customized beer, the so-called "contract brewing", which covers more than 95% of their total volume.
Originally the brewery started in Heule (Kortrijk). There they used the old buildings and brewery of brewery Alvinne, who had moved to another location. But because of the overwhelming success of the contract brewing, the owners Wouter Vermeersch and Barbara Pratz soon had to look for a larger location. They found it in the buildings of a veneer factory in the rural city of Menen.
A new brewing installation
The brewing hall, which was fitted with a classic lauter tun, quickly reached its limits in terms of production capacity at the new location. That is why it was replaced mid 2017 by a new brewing installation equipped with a Meura 2001 Mash Filter. This mash filter is the benchmark in the field of modern brewing systems, currently utilized in more than 23% of global brewing volume.
In contrast to a traditional brewing hall, the malt is grinded very finely, after which it is mashed (mixing with brewing water), in order to pump it through the filter cloths of the mash filter. This is in contrast to a classic brewing hall where the brewing water will gravitationally pass through a filter cake to obtain the wort. The big advantage of this mash filter is that the efficiency and especially the flexibility are much higher than with a classic lauter tun. In addition, this filter system is also perfectly suited for the almost full-continuous production of the beer. The latter is very important for the fast-growing brewery where it is all hands on deck to continuously meet the demand.
The installed Meura 2001 Junior mash filter, integrated by BW Process Technology, is equipped with a number of MFP2 Packo pumps. These pumps, which are fitted as standard on the Meura filters with a secondary flush installed by BW Processtechniek, guarantee optimum operational reliability.
Internal shear forces in the centrifugal pumps are reduced to a minimum due to the high efficiency and design of these pumps. The limiting of this shear force, reduces the coagulation of gel proteins, which significantly increases the filtration rate and its efficiency.
The choice for Packo Pumps
Wouter Vermeersch indicates that he started with pumps of Southern European origin in his first brewery at the old location. However, in the context of service, operational reliability and uniformity, the choice was made at the beginning of this year to select Packo as a unique partner for the supply and installation of the production pumps.