For nano or micro breweries, CIP systems are always very simple with caustic soda tanks and sterilization tanks. Of course, this is feasible and reasonable. After all, nano and micro breweries are not very large and can easily be cleaned thoroughly. But for industrial breweries, >=5000L, the ideal CIP system should have 5 tanks, caustic soda tank, acid tank, sterilization tank, disinfection water tank and recirculation disinfection water tank.
In addition, in the CIP system should also add pumps, acid and alkali, sterilization, disinfection water feeders and filters.
During the brewing process, brewers usually add different types of hops to brew different styles of beer. However, in order to clarify the wort, we also need to filter the substances after adding the hops, and they can go through different processes, such as whirlpooling. They can also be filtered through a hop back.
But what is the difference between them?
The function of the whirlpool and the hop back are different, although they are both used for filtration.
The whirlpool removes hot condensate and hop particles.
For the hop back, it has a filter plate inside.
It is used to filter leafy hops (some brewers add leafy/fresh hops to the wort after the whirlpool to add flavor to the wort).
However, whirlpooling does not remove leafy hops.