Common brewery pump issues and how to solve them

So, you've set up you brewery, now what happens when things start to go wrong.

Great job on successfully setting up your brewery! You have invested a lot of effort into acquiring your equipment and ingredients. However, as a brewer, it's important to be aware that issues with your brewery pumps can be quite common. But don't worry, we've got you covered. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at some of the common problems that arise with brewery pumps and how you can solve them.

Common brewery pump issues and how to solve them - Global Pumps

Firstly, let's discuss the different types of brewery pumps that you may have in your setup. These include the portable brewery pump, micro brewery pump, variable speed brewery pump, yeast brewery transfer pumps such as our Verderflex Hose pump, and brewery transfer pumps such as our Packo range of hygienic pumps. Although each of these pumps has its own unique features and specifications, they all serve the same purpose, which is to transfer liquids from one vessel to another.

One of the most prevalent issues faced by brewers is a loss of prime. This happens when the brewery pump fails to create sufficient suction to draw liquid into it. Factors that may lead to this issue include air leaks in the pump or a clogged impeller. To solve this problem, you'll need to inspect the pump for any leaks or obstructions. If you cannot identify any visible issues, you may have to disassemble the pump and clean it thoroughly.

Cavitation is another problem that can arise with brewery pumps. This happens when the pressure inside the pump falls below the vapor pressure of the liquid, causing bubbles to form in the liquid. Cavitation can harm the impeller and other components of the pump. To prevent cavitation, ensure that the pump is appropriately primed, and there are no air leaks in the system. You may also need to adjust the speed of the pump to ensure it's not overworked.

If you're using a brewery centrifugal pump, you must also watch out for motor issues. Over time, the motor can wear out or get damaged, causing the pump to malfunction. To prevent this, inspect the motor regularly and replace any damaged parts. You may also want to consider using some monitoring equipment to protect your pump and extend its lifespan.

Lastly, issues with your brewery transfer pump can also occur due to clogs or damage to the impeller. To prevent this, clean the pump regularly and inspect it for any signs of damage. If you encounter a blockage, you may have to disassemble the pump and clean it thoroughly. In severe cases, you may need to replace the impeller or other components.

In conclusion, setting up a brewery can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, being prepared for any issues that may arise with your pumps is essential. You can read our case study on Lady Burra Brewhouse to gain insights into how to solve pumping problems. By understanding the common problems that brewers face and how to solve them, you can ensure that your brewery runs smoothly, and your beer is always of the highest quality. Whether you're using a portable brewery pump, a microbrewery pump, or a variable speed brewery pump, taking care of your equipment is crucial to your success. So, get your brewery pump cart ready, and let's raise a toast to your success!

Are you the owner of a brewery and looking to upgrade or replace your pumping system? Look no further than Global Pumps! Our team has extensive experience working with Australia's top breweries to design and install pumping systems that are both effective and efficient. Contact us today to learn more.


Tags: Food & beverage, Peristaltic hose pumps, Lobe pumps, Centrifugal pumps, Packo pumps, Hygienic pumps, Brewery pumps


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