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Perfect Beer Foam with Modern Flow Meters


Oct 23, 2015

We talk a lot about the use of flow meters in flare gas, waste water and sub-metering applications, but Sierra’s innovative flow meters are utilized by a wide variety of industries. You’ll find our flow measurement and control devices orbiting the earth, assisting with the creation of oceanic atmospheres in research facilities and even improving the brewing process in an ancient Trappist Monastery.

Orval Brewery is located within the confines of Orval Abbey, a several thousand-year-old Belgium Trappist Monastery. The current brewery was opened in 1931 to support the resurrection and reconstruction of Orval, and income generated from sales now goes to social welfare works and building maintenance.

In the past 15 years, Orval Brewery has completely modernized its brewing facilities. The food and beverage industry has struggled with obtaining highly accurate measurements in rugged factory environments. In 2006, Sierra partnered with Orval’s Brewery to help them modernize their process and create beer with a more stable foam.

Sierra’s MaxTrak 180 was the perfect choice to help them overcome the challenges in modernizing their facility. Already proven in a process by Heineken, the Sierra mass flow controller gently ads Nitrogen to what beer experts regard as liquid gold. The Dial-A-Gas capability is extremely valuable in achieving aeration during fermentation and the ultimate goal of the perfect head of foam. Precise accuracy and repeatability, remote monitoring, and rugged wash down protection make it indispensable in the brewing process.

Watch the video below to “visit” Orval’s Brewery, and see how the MaxTrak is an integral part of their brewing process.

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Read how Sierra flow meters and controllers in a variety of unique applications.

Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
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Erica Giannini, Marketing Manager
Sierra Instruments

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