We have met some customers who want to set up stainless steel glycol piping in their new brewery.
We usually connect STS glycol piping in two ways.
One way is that we provide long lengths of STS pipe based on a confirmed layout and include all valves in the package for shipment. Upon arrival, the customer needs to hire local workers to measure, cut and weld the STS pipe on site. Thus, this ensures a 100% perfect connection of the pipes between the tanks. However, most of the time, it is not easy for customers to find suitable workers locally.
Alternatively, we measure, cut and connect the hard pipes at the factory beforehand and disassemble the pipes before delivery. Upon arrival, our engineer connects the hard pipes by triple light. This sounds good. However, it is also possible that reassembling the pipes at the brewery may fail if the space is too complicated or if the floor is different from the floor in our factory. Therefore, in this case, the space conditions in the brewery should be as simple as possible: 1) The floor area of the brewery must be flat and without any angles, so we can easily make sure that the pre-connected STS pipes fit the floor area of the brewery. 2) The fermentation area should be empty and without any obstacles, which may create uncertainty in the design of the STS pipes.
Stainless steel pipe is very expensive and it is more often used in large brewery setups. Another good option in microbreweries up to 5000 or even 7000 liters is to use UPVC-SCH80 for the mains and hose for the branch lines. It is more economical than stainless steel pipe (more expensive than PPR), but easiest to install.