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March 2019 Edition

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Reducing Brewing Costs with Onsite Nitrogen Generation

By Nathaniel Holliday, Randy Peccia, Jennifer Fiorello, Parker Hannifin

Brewing is normally broken down into four stages-malting, mashing, boiling and fermenting. The complex chemical processes begin with a few simple ingredients - hops, grain, yeast and water. Recently there have been technological advancements to safeguard that these steps are attained accurately, efficiently and with cost-savings. One particular improvement is the use of nitrogen during the brewing process. The addition of an onsite nitrogen generator allows brewers to reduce their nitrogen costs, eliminate downtime, and reduce safety risks related to bulk gas cylinder delivery and changeouts.

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Clean and Dry Compressed Air Drives Success at Five Churches Brewing

By Mike Grennier, Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine

Compressed air is a critical aspect of brewing craft beer and no one understands that better than Five Churches Brewing, which recently looked to MidState Air Compressor, Inc. to recommend and install an appropriate compressed air system for virtually every aspect of beer production including brewing, canning and keg washing.

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Lifting the Fog Surrounding Heat of Compression Dryers

By Hank van Ormer, Van Ormer Consulting

Introduced in the 1960s and operated successfully worldwide, the Heat of Compression (HOC) Desiccant Dryer has been a viable and successful compressed air drying technology for over 50 years.  In our ongoing series on missed-demand opportunities, we’ll discuss basic operating parameters of HOC dryers and shed light on common misperceptions associated with the technology.

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Bearing Cooling: A Common Misapplication of Compressed Air and How to Fix It

By Paul Edwards, Compressed Air Consultants, Inc.

One observation I’ve made from 30 years of working with compressed air systems is to never underestimate the ingenuity of plant personnel when it comes to misapplying compressed air. We see something new in virtually every plant we visit, but one of the more common problems we encounter involves the use of expensive air for bearing cooling.

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Distillery Addresses Inappropriate Compressed Air Uses Saving $16,600 in Energy Costs

By Ron Marshall, Marshall Compressed Air Consulting

By addressing inappropriate uses of compressed air and making changes to the compressed air production side of their compressed air system, a distiller of fine alcohol products reduced its energy consumption by 30%, saving $16,600 per year in energy costs - with more potential savings possible.

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