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Small but exquisite – Steinecker’s MicroCube

It’s only two years young and despite its youth already has numerous fans all around the globe: the compactly dimensioned MicroCube brewing system is the ideal tool for craft brewers and indeed for any brewers producing small batches.

The picture of the craft brewers who’s set up a provisional brewery, in the garage or in the basement and brews his beer in large cooking pots, is way out of date. Because though “craft” has connotations of “hand-crafted”, the brewhouses of the craft breweries lose nothing by comparison with their larger counterparts.

Drawing on its long decades of experience in the field of process technology, (primarily for higher outputs), Krones in 2015 unveiled a solution for the small output range: the MicroCube, designed for brew sizes of 5 or 10 hectolitres. In the last two years, however, it’s not only the success of the craft brewereies, and thus their annual outputs as well, that have grown, but also the MicroCube family: the portfolio has meanwhile been expanded to include variants for 17, 25 and 40 hectolitres.

 

Manual or automatic operation

While the 5-, 10- and 17-hectolitre models are available as brewing block systems featuring two or three vessels, the 25- and 40-hectolitre variants consist of two to six vessels, mounted on a frame and covering all steps of the process.

Technology from large-vessel construction

The MicroCube’s biggest plus is this: although it’s a small-size brewhouse, it incorporates a whole lot of Steinecker’s expertise from large-vessel construction. Florian Huber, the brewmaster at the monastic Ettal Brewery, goes almost into rhapsodies when he talks about “his” MicroCube: the Der Stromboli external boiler, he says, stands for a very gentle boiling process, the ShakesBeer mash kettle offers an optimal breakdown – evidenced by good iodine figures – and he lauds the Pegasus lauter tun as “sensational”. It’s sturdy, he says, and the lautering principle is a fantastic system, much praised by his fellow-brewers.

Another crucial advantage of the MicroCube is its compact dimensions: for example, the 25-hectolitres variant with three vessels, as exhibited at the drinktec 2017 takes up only 7.2 x 8.5 metres. Besides the minimised dimensions, David Harries, Brewmaster at the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, particularly appreciates the flexible options offered by the small brew sizes: “Because the brew size is so small compared to our main brewery, we can have more fun here, and also brew beers that are perhaps more of an experiment. So before we brew 130 hectolitres, we first make ten, and get some feedback.” Thus the MicroCube injects a bit more “craft” into the (meanwhile very high-tech) craft breweries.

 

 

craftbrewing.krones.com

Did you know? At craftbrewing.krones.com, Krones is spotlighting its entire portfolio for production, filling, labelling and packaging – specifically for the small output range.

There you will also find links to Krones’ website and to success stories and videos in which you can admire our kit in action.

 

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