Sapporo's beers are brewed at ten sites scattered over Japan. One of these, located at Shizuoka in the south of the country, includes not only a large scale brewery (brewhouse capacity 1000 hl/brew) for the company's mainstream beer brands but also two microbreweries with brewhouse outputs of 50 and 4 hl/brew respectively. The larger microbrewery is mainly used for the production of low volume speciality beers, while the small one serves as a pilot plant for testing new brewing materials and methods and developing new brand recipes. The pilot brewery's equipment includes a pair of vessels for decoction mashing, a lauter tun, a wort copper, a whirlpool, a wort cooler, twelve 4 hl fermenters, four 3 hl and four 1.6 hl maturing tanks, about ninety 30 litre fermenting/maturing tanks, a kieselguhr filter (30 litres/hour) and a bottle filler. For very small scale trials there is an extra set of brewhouse equipment with an output of 40 litres/brew.
Keywords : brewery equipment microbrewing pilot plant