BuděJovický Budvar Brewery Partners with Grundfos for New Pump Equipment
Budějovický Budvar brewery recently partnered with pump manufacturer Grundfos to obtain new pump equipment. This purchase will allow the brewery to meet growing demand. The brewery sold 140 million liters of beer in 2013; reliable pump technologies help support the traditional brewing methods necessary to produce quality at great quantity.
"We brew beer 24 hours a day, so it is crucial that the pumps do not break down. Our old pumps operated very reliably with a minimum of maintenance for 17 years, so it was natural for us to continue our good partnership with Grundfos," says Jaroslav Suchan, manager of the brewery maintenance department.
Good beer requires high-quality water. The brewery therefore has its own well, from which a Grundfos SP 95 submersible pump draws water 300 meters below the ground. In addition, the old pump system was replaced with a new Hydro MPC-E booster system, including six CRE 64 pumps.
Sales Engineer Lubomir Nuc has worked for the Grundfos in the Czech Republic since the company was founded. He was actually responsible for selling the old pump station to the brewery in 1997.
"It can be difficult to convince operators to replace something which is currently working. But in this case, I used a pump audit to demonstrate the real pattern in the water consumption. Given the success of the brewery, it may need the extra power offered by the new system in the near future," says Nuc.
The pub sells all varieties of Budějovický Budvar, even a special Krausened lager, which is based on such an active yeast that the beer has to be stored under 10°C and has a maximum shelf life of one month. The majority of patrons at Masné Krámy probably do not give much thought to groundwater quality or hops being added in batches by hand. However, patrons surely appreciate that the quality of the beer which wouldn’t be possible without dependable pump systems from Grundfos.