Category: Food Processing

Starting a Brewery? Watch Out for These Common Brewery Mistakes.

Craft brewer in his production brewery having successfully avoided common brewery mistakes

Guess how many breweries and brew-pubs are currently active in Tennessee alone? Go ahead, guess. The answer? There are 76 of ‘em. That’s almost one craft brewery for each of Tennessee’s 96 counties. Heck, in 2016 alone, at least 11 microbreweries opened their doors in our state. So, to say there is a craft beer “boom” is an understatement. In fact, if you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you’re among the entrepreneurs and beer enthusiasts contributing to Tennessee’s amazing craft beer scene.

If so, it could be worth your while to spend a minute or two reviewing some of the most common brewery mistakes that may prevent new breweries from reaching their full potential.

Three Mistakes to Avoid for New Breweries

Brewery Mistake #1: Not Protecting Your Personal Assets

When you’re first starting a brewery, we’re sure you have the intent of making a name for yourself and your brand.… Read more

3 Dairy Production Challenges Costing You Money: From Barn to Bottle

A fresh bottle of milk and the dairy cow that helped produce it sit outside on a picnic table during the sunset

Whether you operate a dairy farm, a dairy processing plant or you have a hand in both ends of the milk production spectrum, people in the dairy industry have a lot to juggle. From low milk prices and rising feed costs to veterinary expenses and maintaining the pregnancy rate, profitable milk production depends on a variety of factors—some of which are beyond your control. Here’s a few you might be able to put to rest:

Dairy Production Challenge 1: Controlling Your Feed Cost per CWT

For those of you with a stake on the milk production side, your biggest expense is probably your feed cost. This is why it’s important to keep track of how much money you’re spending on feed per CWT of milk produced each month. If you aren’t sure what it is, you can work with a nutritionist to find out. That’s the easy part. Not so easy?… Read more

What is HTST Pasteurization?

HTST pasteurization stands for high temperature short time pasteurization and is also known as flash pasteurization or the continuous method. It has become one of the most common methods of pasteurization today. Pasteurization destroys pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, molds and yeasts in milk products to reduce bacterial content and deliver a safe product to the public. HTST pasteurization uses stainless steel heat exchange plates where product flows on one side while the heating media flows on the opposite side to raise milk temperatures to at least 161° F (72° C) for at least 15 seconds*, followed by rapid cooling. If the fat content of the milk product is 10% or greater, or a total solids of 18% or greater, or if it contains added sweeteners, the specified temperature shall be increased by 5°F (3°C).htst pasteurization

Why is HTST Pasteurization the preferred method?

High temperature short time pasteurization is a continuous process that efficiently and effectively destroys microorganisms in milk products.… Read more

What is Vat Pasteurization?

Pasteurization is the destruction of all disease producing bacteria, as well as 90-99 percent of all other bacteria that may affect product quality. Because of this, pasteurization is the most important function of a milk plant. Vat pasteurization, also known as batch pasteurization or the holding method, heats every particle of milk or cream in properly designed and operated equipment, at 145°F (63°C) for 30 minutes*. If the fat content of the milk product is 10 percent or greater, or a total solids of 18% or greater, or if it contains added sweeteners, the specified temperature shall be increased by 5°F (3°C).

How Does Vat Pasteurization Work?

In vat pasteurization, it is necessary to heat the milk product to 145°F in the vat. The presence of both butter granules and cream plug are possible in milk and cream. Agitation is necessary to achieve the proper consistency and texture as well as rapid, even heating.… Read more

How to Choose the Right Tank for Your Application Part 1: Space & Shape

Photo courtesy of Feldmeier

Photo courtesy of Feldmeier

One of the most common questions we get at Zwirner Equipment is “which tank do I need?”

To help answer this question for our customers, we decided to start a 3-part blog series where we will break down the different questions that need answered to determine which tank is the right tank for your application. We will touch on the space and shape of a tank, the heating and cooling aspects, and your agitation needs.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to determine the right stainless steel tank for your application based on space and shape requirements.

Are You Processing or Storing Your Product?

The first step to choosing the right tank is determining what you plan on using it for. Processing is done in smaller batches and storing is done in larger batches. This aspect will determine whether you need a processing tank or a storage tank.… Read more