ZYBREW and Asian Beer Network – 20HL Installation

ZYBREW just finished another turnkey brewery installation for Humdinger Brewpub in Kunming, Yunnan China. It’s a complete turnkey solution from grain handling to beer ready for packaging.

ZYBREW worked with Neil Playfoot from Asian Beer Network from the project planning phase through the initial test brews.

ZYBREW the view from the door
View from the main door

It was a successful installation with the client being happy with the results. Now with the partnership deemed a success ZYBREW Equipment Manufacturers and Neil hope to work together on future projects.

The brewhouse was a 3-vessel system. The vessels are a mash tun, lauter tun with combined whirlpool and kettle. The system was designed to include a 50HL (5,000 liter) hot water tank (HLT), thus, allowing for 2-3 brew to be done in one day.

Further Information of the System

Both the mash tun and the kettle have two steam jackets; one on the bottom and the other on the side which allows for efficient and smooth heating.

ZYBREW designed the mash tun to ensure that the extract efficiency is high. We designed the project to make the best use of the available floor place after consultation with the client.

The cellaring consists of 8 * 20HL (2,000 liters) fermentation vessels and 1 * 20HL bright beer tank.

ZYBREW - looking down at some FV's
Looking down on some of FV’s

After consulting with Neil from Asian Beer Network we oversized the glycol system. Plus added a cold water tank (CLT) to allow for easy further cellar tank expansion.

ZYBREW Malt Handling Solutions

The malt delivery system consists of a milling platform, malt mill, milled malt holding tank and a chain disk conveyor. The conveyor transfers the malt to mash tun via the a grist hydrator.

Furthermore, on this project the malt delivery system was automated allowing the brewer to control the mash temperature plus amount of water used with a push of a button.

Clean In Place (CIP) Unit and More

We provided Humdinger with a CIP unit which holds caustic and acid for easy cleaning of their cellar tanks. Furthermore, the brewhouse and fermentation vessels can be controlled by a Siemens PLC control unit.

ZYBREW - Our Brewing Software
Our in-house brewing software

For the control of the PLC; ZyBrew developed an in-house solution. Our aim was to provide a low cost semi-automatic system that gives the brewer easy control of the main aspects of the brewing process.

In fact, this is one of the first systems we have installed in China as the main bulk of our customers are overseas. We have brewhouses in the US, Canada, Europe and elesewhere.

You Can See ZYBREW Work For Yourselves

The Humdinger installation is to be used as a showcase for our operations in China. So, we can arrange visit to the location if you want to see our equipment working in the real world.

We have made an arrangement with Humdinger to be our showcase brewery for China and they’re happy to accept visitors.

We hope to install many more brewhouses in China after another successful installation.

ZYBREW - Getting Set-Up
The chain conveyor system

As the Chinese craft market continues to grow; we hope to be at the forefront of this growth providing good quality equipment.

We take pride in our services, fabrication and most importantly aftercare too. Our aim is to work with the client to provide their dream brewery whatever budget they have.

Are Looking to Buy Equipment?

If you are looking to buy brewing equipment, need advice about an equipment purchase (new or for expansion) please visit our website.

If you feel like you need a brewing consultant to help put a plan together then we would highly recommend brewing consultant Neil Playfoot (neil@asianbeernetwork.com).

He understand brewing (25 years as a brewer), is based in China and can assist you in designing a cost effective brewing solution to fit your needs with us!

Thanks for taking the time to read my article and I am excited to hear from you, whatever you’re brewing project.

Cheers and have a good day.

James Jia

General Manager of ZyBrew


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Neil Playfoot

Neil is a brewer with 25 years international brewing experience. Based out of China (first came in 2010) he works as a brewing consultant helping brewers with their projects and brewing processes. To find out what services Neil can provide your brewery please click here. If you'd like to contact Neil you can email at neil@asianbeernetwork.com.
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This is a great read James, you and Neil make a great team