.... 5) More cans, canning lines and tallboys Colorado's canned beer revolution took some big steps forward in 2011 and got ready to make another big leap in 2012, the tenth anniversary of the year Oskar Blues became the first craft brewery in the nation to can its own beers. One of the biggest changes in 2011 was the addition of Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, which makes full-size but less expensive canning lines, and Mobile Canning of Longmont, which carries its canning line from brewery to brewery at an even bigger discount. The two firms allowed smaller brewers like Eddyline, Aspen...Click Here to See More!
Here's a little taste, but the whole thing is a great read- Brian did a great step by step of the system in action with pics! Thanks for putting that up Joleen! "Our two-head, automatic “Micro Can” canning system arrived from Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, CO on Monday. Tristan Shaffer and Roger Walz delivered the machine, helped us install it and do our first run of canned beer. McKinney Eddy Amber Ale got the nod, since it was the first beer we made on the 7-barrel system and it was sitting there in the brite beer tank." Read the whole story...Click Here to See More!
As we all know, the minimum can order is, to say the least, a hurdle to smaller operations. In the constant quest for a way around it, we actually got to go beyond speculation yesterday and do a real test with a pressure sensitive lable applicator. We had been of the opinion that the only way it would work was with a full, sealed can. Of course it also has to be completely dry, which is doable, but not trivial. Much to my surprise, we were able to get fantastic results with very little setup sending blank cans through. Granted, the label shown in the video is what was in the machine...Click Here to See More!
We want a system that does 50-75 cans/min, can you build one? We get requests for higher throughput lines pretty often- coming to the 60-75 cans/min throughput we have had a few folks take a redundancy approach and order multiple lines. We can do a lot to integrate control, but the nice thing is it adds a degree of protection and versatility- If one goes down, the others can still be operational etc. It also provides the ability to run multiple products at the same time. This is the approach that Oskar Blues took prior to their major step to 160 cans/min. It is also in place...Click Here to See More!
What do you see for O2 Pickup? We are very happy with air pickup numbers that we have seen. The test results we have are from a fresh (15 min old) case of Upslope tested on Avery's high zoot equipment. I took 12 cold cans of IPA straight out of the seamer at Upslope and ran them across town to Avery to make sure they were tested as fast as possible The numbers came back at 23.8 ppb dissolved O2, which we once again, we were all very happy with. This pretty well showed us that the pre-fill purge is doing its job, and that the measures we have taken to minimize transit time and keep...Click Here to See More!