Among the hallmarks that differentiate ZIP from the crowd are the top-notch craftsmanship and precise implementation of the fixed stainless steel piping which binds together the units of the whole brewery – the brewhouse vessels, the fermentation and serving vessels, the cleaning system, chilling unit etc. All the pipes and connecting elements are made of high-quality Finish stainless steel and are welded together at a customer’s site by ZIP’s professional installation team.
A network of fixed stainless steel piping connects the vessels of the brewhouse, featuring pneumatic valves, which also act to control the brewing process. The piping is specially designed with minimal distance between the valves and the pipes themselves to make cleaning easier. Each pump connected to the piping is set to prevent dry running.
Other elements which vary from system to system
- Pre-mashing pump
- Pre-mashing circulation pump
- Wort pump
- Adjunct pump
- Circulation pump
- Warm water pump
- Hop boiling pump
- Mash pump
- Wort pump
- Mobile pump
To maintain the smooth operations in the fermentation workshop – the filling, emptying and cleaning of the UNI tanks – we complement the vessels of the brewery with a system of pipelines:
Flexible hose piping with a supporting fixed spine
Such an option features a stainless steel pipeline fixed in front of the UNI tanks with the isolation and shutdown valves. One end of the pipeline goes to the CIP while the other connects to the wort pipe, the end of which is open. During the filling up, the open ends are capped with hoses and filled.
For CIP cleaning the open ends must be capped with hoses and connected to the CIP system. These hoses must be cleaned meticulously, particularly if they are very long.
Dual line fixed piping
An ideal option for small scale brewing systems. The piping constitutes of two stainless steel lines – one for wort filling, and one for the emptying of beer. The wort pipe is also connected to the CIP-out pipe, while the ready beer pipe is connected to the CIP-return pipe. Thanks to this connection, the piping can be rinsed, cleaned and sanitized without the use of a hose. During the filling and emptying of a UNI tank, only the stainless steel pipes are in use, easy to clean and maintain. The only drawback of this option is that other tanks cannot be filled and emptied at the time, since the cleaning of the UNI tanks takes place through the same pipelines.
Four line fixed piping
The network of pipes featuring four stainless steel pipelines, including:
- the wort filling pipe
- ready beer removal pipe
- CIP-in pipe
- CIP-out pipe
In this setup, the CIP pipes connect directly to the CIP station, ensuring every inch of pipeline and every tank can be cleaned completely in an automatic mode. Filling and cleaning processes can proceed simultaneously.
Seven-line fixed piping
This version of a piping system is built on the benefits of the four line system, and is enhanced with the following:
- filtered sterile air pipeline and closing valves
- pressurized CO2 pipeline and closing valves
- CO2 removal pipeline to remove extra CO2, produced during fermentation. Suggested for fermentation areas with limited ventilation to prevent dangerous CO2 levels in the air.
The air and the CO2 pipeline can be connected to the desired tank with the use of a flexible hose equipped with a quick connector. The CO2 removal pipeline features a fixed connection to the UNI tank, and is cleaned with the CIP.