Hard Seltzer - GEA Process Solutions

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  • Machinery and installations for the production of wine, sparkling wine and spirits
  • Machinery and installations for the production and processing of malt and raw fruit

Categories

  • Machinery and installations for the production of wine, sparkling wine and spirits
  • Machinery and installations for the production and processing of malt and raw fruit
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Capturing headlines and reaching record-breaking sales in 2019, hard seltzer, also known as spiked seltzer or hard sparkling water, is an alcoholic drink containing carbonated water, alcohol and flavorings. To meet the requirements of a malt-based beverage, the alcohol used in a hard seltzer must be derived from a pure fermentation process with no subsequent distillation. Using alcohol produced by distillation or rectification does not fall within the category and are therefore taxed at a much higher rate. As a seltzer base must be free from flavor, aroma and color, GEA membrane technology is ideally suited to remove these elements to create a suitable end-product. Many types of carbohydrates and sugars can be used as a basis for this process, including liquid sugars, wort from malt as well as other gluten-free raw materials. Many existing breweries are fully capable of producing hard seltzers with only minor modifications and a few new GEA process units (such as membrane filtration). With additional modifications and new processing units, production efficiency can be increased and, ultimately, a tailor-made plant can be supplied with maximum operational efficiency to produce the highest quality product. Existing equipment can be used to produce a neutral malt base. However, additional technologies may be required to remove color and flavors. This can be accomplished with GEA filtration technology using spiral polymeric membranes. | GEA scope of supply: - Raw materials handling, - Liquid sugar receiving and sugar dissolving, - Processing of a fermentable malt/sugar base (brewhouse, sugar make up, etc.), - WORTSTAR® wort aeration system, - Yeast handling (dry or propagation/assimilation). | Fermentation plant including ECO-MATRIX® piping and GEA liquid jet mixers GEA centrifuges GEA membrane filtration units DIMIX mixer carbonator or DICON continuous in-line blending DICAR carbonation system VARIDOX water deaeration system

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