Pennsylvania Company Is Brewing Quality Beers Thanks to Netzsch Progressing Cavity Pumps
Netzsch, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of positive displacement pumps worldwide, is now supplying the Brewing Company in Pennsylvania with reliable cavity pumps. The progressing cavity pumps will be used for the difficult job of moving spent grain and yeast through the brewing process.
Originally opened in 1996, the Brewing Company has seen fast growth and has now found itself as one of the leaders in the craft beer movement in the United States. The Downingtown brewery now produces over 93,000 barrels of quality craft brews, and most recently, the Brewing Company has opened a second, state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. The new 19,700 square meter building features a German-built brewhouse with a production rate of about 10 brews a day for an annual output of approximately 225,000 barrels. With so much output, it is important that the Brewing Company uses dependable pumping equipment from a reliable pump manufacturer.
In order to get the highest reliability, maintainability, and service life to keep the operation running, the Brewing Company has turned to Netzsch Nemo progressing cavity pumps. Netzsch progressing cavity pumps can be used in many stages in the beer brewing process. Due to the pumps’ ability to convey non-flowing, viscous, and abrasive media, the most popular application for the progressing cavity pumps is for spent grain removal.
“After all of the extract has been taken out for brewing beer, the remaining material – the spent grain, including spent hops – is a very high-moisture product,” says the Vice President of Brewery Operations “We used this type of Netzsch pump for the same application in our Downingtown facility. We have experience with these pumps – they just run – so it made sense to install the same pump technology in our new Parkesburg brewhouse. To this point, we have done no maintenance on the Netzsch pump in the Parkesburg brewhouse. We just let it run. The same Netzsch pump that conveys spent grain in our Downingtown facility ran for four or five years before the stator needed replacing.”