A new way to brew beer without using a plastic keg, an electronic beer dispenser and a few bottles of CO2 is being developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The process could save consumers time, energy and money and make it easier to brew more flavorful, more consistent, and more environmentally friendly beer.
“A plastic kegerator can be cumbersome and expensive, and a traditional kettle is hard to clean and doesn’t allow for the proper level of sanitization and filtration,” says Robert Tabor, a UW-Madison chemistry professor and co-author of a paper describing the new method, “We have developed a new plastic kellerator that is compatible with a standard gas-powered kettle and that uses the same brewing equipment as a standard kettle.
This new system is also easier to maintain and less expensive.”
This new plastic kettle was created using a unique, non-invasive, and easy-to-use process to create a reusable, high-quality, and environmentally-friendly beer kegeration system.
A video of the new system can be seen here.
The new method can be applied to any type of brewing apparatus, and is available in three flavors: a disposable plastic kettle, an open-air kettle, and an indoor kettle.
The design is not entirely new.
It’s been used in brewing equipment for decades and has been used for decades to sanitize kegs, but the UW-Milwaukee scientists wanted to change that.
The new plastic design, the team says, is “designed to be a safe and reliable solution for all brewing systems.”
To achieve this goal, the researchers designed and fabricated a unique plastic keerator that uses a unique process called extrusion in a process that was patented by the team.
The plastic keakerator is capable of producing a large quantity of beer in under 10 minutes and uses the patented design to remove carbon dioxide from the beer.
In the process, the plastic keenerator produces a clean and sterile environment for brewing.
“We are not trying to produce a beer-making machine, we are just trying to be an alternative to a plastic kettle,” says Tabor.
The researchers are currently working on a commercial version of the process.
Tabor says the new plastic beer keederator will allow brewers to easily use plastic kegs without the expense and trouble of having to buy new kegs or even disposable plastic kegers.
The technology also has the potential to be more energy efficient because the researchers are now using a new type of process called thermal transfer.
This process involves heating a material with a high temperature to produce heat.
The heat generated by the material is transferred to a heat exchanger, where it is transferred into a container that is heated at a low temperature.
The material then cools down, at a temperature of the material, at which point it can be used to make beer.
“The goal of our design is to improve the performance of existing brewing equipment,” Tabor says.
Although the researchers have developed the first commercially available, low-cost plastic beer kettler, Tabor cautions that more research needs to be done before the technology can be commercialized.
The team is also working on improving the performance and efficiency of other brewing equipment that already uses plastic keers, such as stainless steel kettle boilers and metal-cooled kegerators.
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