Temperature Control

Temperature Control

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If you're interested in learning more about the 'whys' and 'hows' of temperature control in terms of your product, this is for you.

How can cooling/temperature control be achieved?

Temperature can be controlled via 2 methods:

  • at product level - this could be controlling the temperature of a product in a tank via a cooling jacket, single temperature controller and stand alone cooling/heating unit ; or a centralised complete system for controlling multiple tanks on one circuit (ringmain) at the same or different temperatures, by terminal, or with software which records and captures data as well as allowing for remote accessing and control
  • at room level to cool/heat/acclimatise and/or control the humidity levels of storage/tasting rooms or cellars - this can be via thermo fan alone, or via thermo fan and cooling/heating unit; the latter option can be incorporated into the centralised complete system mentioned above for full control of both product temperature and air temperature

How can we help?

We supply WTG Quantor (incorporating the Kreyer brand) temperature control equipment designed and manufactured specifically for drink applications. We also supply Speidel stainless steel tanks (insulated or standard) with heating/cooling jackets. Both brands are internationally renowned.

Our team of engineers install and commission the complete cooling/temperature regulation system, this includes the construction of a bespoke ringmain (pipework, as pictured to the right).

We also supply carbonation equipment, should you be chilling in order to carbonate.

Which drinks are covered?

Quantor equipment is suitable for wine, beer, cider, juice, spirits, mead, kombucha, water kefir and soft drink applications. Here are some of the key temperature control functions by drink type, which can be achieved with the equipment:

For wine

Temperature control can be a real asset to wineries in terms of optimising the consistency, the qualities, and the aromas characteristic of English and Welsh wines. Functions include...

  • Cold settling of must and juices
  • Fermentation control, including control by CO2 monitoring
  • Malolactic fermentation control (with heating option standard on most units)
  • Micro/macro oxygenation
  • Long term control of product storage temperature
  • Product chilling prior to carbonation
  • Cold stabilisation

For beer

Temperature control in breweries is important to control quality and consistency of product. For example, wort can be cooled at the rate required, fermentation occurs at the rate required, and beer can be stored in the correct conditions. Controlling temperature can also help your product retain some of the delicate flavours which can be easily lost. Chilling is also essential where beer is to be carbonated. Functions include...

  • Rapid cooling of wort
  • Fermentation control, including control by CO2 monitoring
  • Long term control of product storage temperature
  • Product chilling prior to (and for effective) carbonation

For cider and other drinks

Cidermakers and producers of a variety of other drinks can use temperature control to optimise the consistency and quality of their product and chill it prior to carbonation. Functions include ...

  • Fermentation control
  • Long term control of product storage temperature
  • Product chilling prior to (and for effective) carbonation
  • Cooling & stabilisation of distillates

What equipment is available?

The Quantor range consists of separate units, regulators, ancillary equipment and IT infrastructure, including the following:

  • Chiller units (glycol) from 0.3kW to 1,100kW (some models with heating capability)
  • Heating units from 9kW to 24kW
  • Temperature control units
  • Equipment for fermentation control using CO2 emission levels (sugar conversion)
  • Yeast propagation systems
  • Oxygenation systems
  • Thermofans for room temperature control ranging from 1 - 2,500 cubic meters (range can be extended by additional fans)

The setup is very flexible and modular. You could have a single unit and controller for one or 2 tanks, for example, or a complete and comprehensive centralised control system, such as the VinInfo system.

VinInfo is a modular regulation, control and information system which is software controlled and includes a system for the control of tank temperature, CO2 emissions, pumps and cooling units, timed operations, oxygenation dosing, room temperature and humidity, etc. The system includes unlimited archiving of tank processes and alarms by email or SMS.

Why Quantor?

We choose to work with Quantor (incorporating the Kreyer brand) for these simple reasons:

  • They have 40 years' experience in temperature control systems with extensive in-house knowledge & expertise
  • We've been installing Kreyer systems for over 10 years and like them for their quality of build and component parts, reliability and flexibility to suit all application

Give us a call

If you're looking for chilling or temperature control solutions, please give us a call on 01404 892 100 and we will be happy to discuss what you'd like to achieve and your requirements. If you are at the stage where you have the following information to hand, this will be really useful to us ...

  • What quantity of product needs temperature control?
  • What temperature do you need to go from and reach?
  • What quantity of product needs temperature control?
  • What time parameters do you need to achieve temperature control within?

We look forward to hearing from you.

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