GEA’s water-saving membrane system for non-alcoholic beer

GEA AromaPlus PRO reduces the water consumption for diafiltration throughout dealcoholization by as a lot as 100 percent. The alcoholic base produced as a by-product of the filtration process can be used for manufacturing other beverages in the brewery, such as onerous seltzer.
GEA AromaPlus makes use of a filtration know-how with particular polymer membranes to separate alcohol and water from the opposite elements by means of reverse osmosis; these ingredients are crucial for the aroma, color and turbidity of the final product. Adding the new PRO technology to the water-saving CO2 blow-out function and the selective membrane which is already applied in the AromaPlus unit design, GEA saves greater than two thirds and as much as one hundred pc of the recent water used for diafiltration.
Cash combines the pattern in course of zero.0% beer with the aim of decreasing water in manufacturing,” says Ralf Scheibner, filtration expert at GEA, beneath whose management the GEA AromaPlus has been further developed. “In truth, a membrane course of requires plenty of water to flush out the alcohol. That is a matter for breweries with a restricted deoxygenized water availability. Our new PRO solution is a vital step for them towards recent water neutrality in production processes.”
The complete dealcoholization system GEA AromaPlus is mounted on a body. It includes the filtration modules and reverse osmosis membranes, pumps for media switch and system stress build-up, the entire inside piping, a CIP dosing unit put in next to the system, and the management tools required for semi-automated operation. – Image: GEA/Mike Henning.
While breweries want much less recent water for the diafiltration step, the permeate leaving the system could be reused as a priceless by-product. Due to its decrease volume, it has a better alcohol content and can therefore serve as a base for alcoholic mixed drinks and newer drinks, such as hard seltzer, or can be reused within the brewery itself.
“The Corona pandemic showed that breweries whose production amenities provided the flexibleness to course of different beverages coped best with the drop in demand. Unbelievable is a good example of how prospects can gear their plants towards high demand dynamics,” says Scheibner. Originally designed for the dealcoholization of beer right down to zero.0%, the system may also be used used for different non-alcoholic drinks, similar to 0.0% cider.

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