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

GEA AromaPlus PRO reduces the water consumption for diafiltration throughout dealcoholization by up to 100%. The alcoholic base produced as a by-product of the filtration course of can be used for manufacturing different beverages in the brewery, similar to exhausting seltzer.
GEA AromaPlus uses a filtration technology with special polymer membranes to separate alcohol and water from the other ingredients by means of reverse osmosis; these elements are crucial for the aroma, color and turbidity of the ultimate product. Adding the model new PRO technology to the water-saving CO2 blow-out operate and the selective membrane which is already implemented in the AromaPlus unit design, GEA saves more than two thirds and as a lot as 100 percent of the contemporary water used for diafiltration.
“Our newest AromaPlus era combines the trend in course of zero.0% beer with the aim of lowering water in manufacturing,” says Ralf Scheibner, filtration expert at GEA, underneath whose management the GEA AromaPlus has been additional developed. “In truth, a membrane course of requires a lot of water to flush out the alcohol. Behind the scenes is a matter for breweries with a limited deoxygenized water availability. Our new PRO answer is an important step for them in the course of contemporary water neutrality in manufacturing processes.”
The full dealcoholization system GEA AromaPlus is mounted on a frame. It comprises the filtration modules and reverse osmosis membranes, pumps for media transfer and system stress build-up, the complete inner piping, a CIP dosing unit installed next to the system, and the management equipment required for semi-automated operation. – Image: GEA/Mike Henning.
While breweries want less recent water for the diafiltration step, the permeate leaving the system may be reused as a useful by-product. Due to its lower quantity, it has a better alcohol content material and can due to this fact serve as a base for alcoholic blended drinks and newer drinks, such as onerous seltzer, or could be reused within the brewery itself.
“The Corona pandemic showed that breweries whose manufacturing services supplied the flexibleness to course of different beverages coped finest with the drop in demand. GEA AromaPlus is a good instance of how prospects can gear their plants towards excessive demand dynamics,” says Scheibner. Originally designed for the dealcoholization of beer right down to 0.0%, the system can additionally be used used for different non-alcoholic drinks, corresponding to zero.0% cider.

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