“I am very impressed with the valve system. It is a very reliable, robust system that provides consistency, flexibility and functionality.”
- Damian McConn, Summit’s Head Brewer
As part of a $6 million expansion that was completed in June 2013, Summit added 7,632 square feet of cellar space with twelve 600-barrel fermentation vessels that doubled production capacity to 240,000 barrels per year.
As part of this project, Summit installed Südmo’s DSV Complete Mix Proof Valves to automate the new cellar. As Summit still operates its original cellar, which uses manual hose connections, the improvements provided by Südmo’s valve technology is very apparent to Summit’s brewers.
“The valves are great for labor saving,” said Harper. “To switch tanks in the new cellar we do not have to drag 100 foot long hoses that are full of beer and very heavy, like we do in the original cellar. The automation allows one person to do more work.”
In addition to saving labor, the valve automation also provides a safer work environment due to the integrated CIP system, which eliminates the need for employees to move chemicals around. Also, in the new cellar the tank tops are hard piped to vent the CO2 out of the building. This removes the issue of potential CO2 build-up in the cellar room.
“I am very impressed with the valve system,” said Damian McConn Summit’s Head Brewer. “It is a very reliable, robust system that provides consistency, flexibility and functionality.”
Thomasser, adds, “To date, Summit Brewing has not had any issues with the valves or control technology. They work perfectly.”