Comparing the operating expense of a BREWHA vs traditional brewing system
When compared to the traditional four vessel brewing system, it is no surprise that the BREWHA system is cheaper to install (approximately 30% less) and that it takes up a smaller footprint. And since there is less equipment, it is apparent that the capital outlay for a BREWHA brewery is also generally lower.
But what might not be as clear in the planning stage, is that the BREWHA system (and BREWHA fermenters in particular) continues to provide economic benefits year after year through its reduced operational expense. Because of its reduced equipment, less space is required, there are less transfer steps in the brewing process, and less cleaning is required. And because the boiling occurs directly in each fermenter providing perfect, chemical-free sanitation, there is considerably less time, chemical and water use for cleaning. In the chart below, we demonstrate that with a typical BREWHA microbrewery/brewpub with one complete 5BBL BIAC and five additional 5BBL 4-in-1 fermenters (six fermenters total), one would see an annual savings of about US$25,000.
The chart below (click to enlarge) itemizes some of the more major operational expenses on the brewing side (these don't look at the service side as it is assumed those would be relatively similar between systems). It compares the lease space (only of the brewing equipment), the labor cost (only for brewing and cleaning brewing equipment), water cost, and cleaning chemical cost.
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