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Designing Brewhouse Vessels

Find out why brewhouse design is so critical to beer quality and your bottom line.

Who should attend

  • Established Brewery – thinking of an upgrade or smaller system for innovation
  • Brewery in Planning
  • Owners/Management – understand how an efficient brewhouse helps the bottom line

Whether you are starting up, building out or simply adjusting your capacity, you want to make smart choices that position you for the future. Brought to you by Krones & Sprinkman, this small breakout lunch session will cover the technical design details of the brewing vessels and how it impacts the variety, quality and consistency of your beer. Learn the important considerations of each vessel in the brewhouse, some common tips we feel should be practiced by every brewery and why they are so critical to quality and your bottom line.

Presented by Brian Sprinkman, President & CEO of W. M. Sprinkman. Sprinkman
is a Member of the Krones Group

About Brian Sprinkman

Brian Sprinkmanis the President & CEO of W.M. Sprinkman LLC (“Sprinkman”), a third-generation, family business located headquartered just outside of Milwaukee in Waukesha, WI. With a second production facility in Elroy, WI, Sprinkman has a total of 120 employees and specializes in designing and manufacturing sanitary processing systems for the dairy, food, beverage and brewing industries.

After an initial stint at W.M. Sprinkman where he served as a technical resource for internal projects as well as formalized the initial brewing equipment offering, Brian left the company in 1999 to found, an online grade book which grew to be used by over 500 schools in and outside the US, which he successfully sold in 2005.
Brian went on to hold leadership positions at a number of technology companies, before returning to lead Sprinkman in 2010.

Since then, Sprinkman has focused on providing exceptional service to its core dairy and food customers, while expanding into the emerging craft brewing industry, now accounting for almost 40% of revenue. Over the past five years, Sprinkman has designed, manufactured and installed nearly 60 brewhouse systems across the United States ranging in size from 7 to 100-BBL. Im=n 2018, Sprinkman was acquired by Krones, Inc., greatly expanding their resources and expertise in fluid processing and packaging as a “Member of the KRONES Group” of companies.

Getting Serious About Packaging

At some point in the growth trajectory of a brewery, the owners decide that they need to reach a bigger market. Packaging your product in cans or bottles is a great way to sell into retail but most owners know a lot more about brewing beer than they do about what goes into packaging it.

The choices that brewers face when first choosing their method of packaging can be overwhelming.

Do you want to package yourself and build your own line, or go with outside co-packing or mobile canning? Are cans or bottles better for your brand and product? If you plan on packaging in-house, what kind of filler is right for your application? What about the various packaging line options for conveyance, can prep, date coding, filling, quality control, and pack off?

This talk will cover the pros and cons of all of the above, walk through a budget process, and even get a little bit geeky with a dive into accumulation calculations, ROI, and discuss how to fit a line into a challenging space. Ska Fabricating has many years and over 700 installations-worth of experience, and we’re eager to share our practical knowledge using real-world examples; big and small.

About Jake Kolakowski

Jake Kolakowski is the Sales Director for Ska Fabricating, designer and manufacturer of Packaging solutions in Durango Colorado. He’s worked at Ska since 2016, and has helped hundreds of breweries design canning and bottling lines in that time. Prior to joining Ska Fab, he worked as Packaging Manager and Plant Manager at Left Hand Brewing for 7 years.

Along the way, he’s received a Bachelors Degree in Project Management from Colorado State University, a General Certificate in Packaging from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, and is a BJCP certified beer judge.

Besides being a very enthusiastic beer drinker, he’s also an avid fly fisher, and occasional through-hiker and distance runner, but so far the beer is winning…by a lot. There is nothing he likes more than helping his customers solve their problems and put happiness in a can (or bottle) ten thousand times a day.



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