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Stainless Steel
Brite Tank

2.5 bar
-5°/+30°

A brite tank is a vessel used to mature, clarify and carbonate beer. It gets its name after the clear, bright beer stored and processed in it. Most breweries use brite tanks as serving vessels, too.

While it would take around two weeks for beer to clarify and carbonate in a conical fermenter, a bright beer tank needs less than two days. Typical breweries have one brite tank for every four to five conicals.

A special dished bottom collects the leftover yeast, letting you draw clear beer down to the very last drop. Unlike conical fermenters and other vessels, bright beer tanks yield close to 100% of the volume, letting you easily perform packaging calculations.

A large, dimpled jacket on the coat and a plate on the conical bottom make sure the temperature inside the brite tank is always optimal. Thanks to the vertical construction of the cooling jacket, the stored liquids will be efficiently chilled even if the tank is not full to the brim.

Durable, high-quality materials enable the bright beer tank to stay in pristine condition, even after years of professional usage.

AISI 304

The bright beer tank is made out of AISI 304 quality stainless steel. An upgrade to AISI 316L stainless steel is available for high-corrosion environments.

Mirror Polished

A high-polish, mirrored finish is applied to the outside of the brite tank. Marbled, Matte and Scotch Brite finishes are also available upon request. The inside is BA (IIId) Mirror polished.

Dished Bottom

The bright beer tank is equipped with a torispherical, dished bottom. It gathers leftover yeast at the bottom and lets you draw clear beer until the very end.

Dished Top

A rounded, torispherical top for is standard for the brite tank. It is specially shaped to handle work under high pressures and compliant with the DIN 28011 norm.

Carbonation System

The brite tank is special for its carbonation capabilities. The carb stone fitting cuts down carbonation times to only about 10% to 20% of the time it would take in a typical fermentation vessel.

Dimple Jacket

A dimple jacket is a thin, spotted shell that regulates tank temperatures with the help of a cooling/heating medium such as glycol. They are made of light-weight materials and spot-welded for minimal additional weight.

Insulation Layer

The tank is wrapped with a thick layer of polyurethane foam which provides great thermal insulation. The PU foam is resistant to moisture and water, making it perfect for stainless steel tanks.

Clean in Place (CIP)

No more scrubbing - cleaning the conical fermenter is automatic thanks to the CIP pipe and spray ball. The BA (IIId) inside finish prevents sediment build-up.

Pressure Vessel

The tank is designed, manufactured, inspected and tested to safely perform at high pressure levels. Our CE PED certificate ensures maximum quality and safe use.

Brite Tank Equipment

Standard

  • Operating Pressure – 2.5 bar
  • Operating Temperature – (min)-5°C/(max)30°C
  • Pressure Gauge
  • Insulation – Polyurethane foam layer (60 mm)
  • Manway Door – PED Oval
  • Legs – Adjustable height and tilt
  • Temperature Control
    • Cooling Jacket on Coat
    • Cooling Jacket on Bottom
    • Thermometer (analog)
    • Thermowell (with PG9 fitting)
  • Valves
    • Sample Tap – PED Butterfly valve (DN25 DIN11851)
    • Partial Discharge – PED Butterfly valve (DN40 DIN11851)
    • Total Discharge – PED Butterfly valve (DN40 DIN11851)
    • Safety valve
    • Vacuum valve
  • Type Plate – With note card
  • Ladder rack – Coat height 1500 mm onwards
  • Welding
    • Outside – Brushed finish
    • Inside – Brushed and polished (Ra<0.8 µm)

Options

  • Operating Pressure – 3 bar (Thicker cladding)
  • Electronics Box
  • Manhole Cover – Custom
  • Manway Door – Custom
  • Temperature Control
    • Thermoregulator (digital)
    • Cooling piping system (with solenoid/electromotor valves)
  •  Valves & Fittings
    • Carbonation fitting
    • CIP pipe with spray ball and Ball valve (DN25 DIN11851)
    • Ball or butterfly (Clamp, Garolla, WG, Macon, Gas, etc.)
    • Stainless Steel Caps (on all valves and fittings)
    • PT100 probe
  • Level Indicator – Ø24 mm acrylic tube (scaled, closed and connected to the CIP pipe)
  • Finish – Marble Polished (outside)
Blueprint of the brite tank.

Brite Tank Size Chart

TypeCapacity (L)Capacity (US gal)Total Volume (L)Total Volume (US gal)Diameter (mm)Total Height (mm)Shell Height (mm)
ZBB500A950013261413580017401000
ZBB1000A111000264126527895723701500
ZBB1500A1215003961760387111624501500
ZBB2000A1420005282350517127527331500
ZBB3000A1530007933650803140030642000
ZBB4000A174000105748651070160032002000
ZBB5000A195000132159131301175032302000
ZBB6000A196000158571001562175037302500
ZBB8000A208000211493002046191141252750
ZBB10000A22100002642119002618207145003000
ZBB12000A23120003170135502981220046203000
ZBB16000A23160004227192004223220061204500

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Frequently Asked Questions

A brite tank, also known as a bright beer tank, is a vessel used for the maturation, clarification and carbonation of beer. It gets its name after the clear, bright beer that results from is usage.

It’s usually equipped with some sort of carbonation system designed to significantly cut down carbonation times.

Most brewers use the bright beer tank as a serving vessel and for general storage.

The required number of bright beer tanks varies depending on the duration of the fermentation process and the volume of the tanks involved.

Typically, breweries have one brite tank for every four or five fermentation vessels.

The duration of the carbonation process depends on many factors, some of them are the desired carb limit and CO2 pressure used.

A bright beer tank takes around a day or two to clarify and carbonate beer, depending on the desired CO2 volume. Commercial breweries speed it up by force carbonation.

Typical fermentation vessels would take around two weeks to achieve the same effect as a brite tank does in a couple of days.

Commercial breweries use a process known as burst carbing. It is essentially setting the carbonation system to very high pressures until the desired carb limit is reached, which is then lowered to reasonable pressures for serving purposes.

The PSI used to carbonate beer depends on the desired beer CO2 volume and how quickly you want it carbonated.

Brite tanks are built to withstand high pressures and many breweries use this to their advantage by setting the input pressure up to 40 PSI. when the desired beer CO2 volume is achieved, they turn down the pressure to something like 10-13 PSI for serving purposes.

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