In the world of brewing and distilling, the decision to invest in equipment can significantly impact the quality of your beer and spirits and the success of your business. Here's why choosing new stainless-steel equipment over used alternatives is a smart move that can elevate your brewing and distilling operations.
Sanitation and Quality Assurance
New equipment is vital for sanitation and quality assurance of your products. Used equipment may carry residues from previous brewing or distilling processes or contaminants that are difficult to remove completely. With used equipment, you’re likely to be in the dark about the previous owner’s cleaning and passivation practices, chemicals, and water quality. Stubborn stains, scratches, nicks, or dents to the stainless could have compromised the protective oxide layer. This poses a risk of contamination in the new batches, affecting the flavor, quality, and safety of your final product.
New stainless-steel equipment provides a clean and sterile environment for production. With new equipment, you are in control of ensuring your tanks are correctly passivated and cleaned and of their overall ongoing care. Learn about our tips and tricks for taking care of your stainless steel.
Durability and Longevity
Over time, your equipment will experience wear and tear, but starting with new equipment ensures you know the history of that wear and tear. Previous owners may have misused or modified used equipment, or it may have been involved in a brewing or distilling accident. Used equipment may not come with the same level of warranty or manufacturer support as new equipment. This can result in higher repair and maintenance costs as well as potential downtime if replacement parts are not readily available.
New pieces of equipment should still be checked for large scratches, dents, and leaks and be tested to ensure they can hold pressure. However, if there are issues, the equipment will still be under warranty, and you can get support from the manufacturer. From the start, with new equipment, you are in control of the ongoing care of the equipment to ensure its durability and longevity.
Customization, Advanced Technology, and Industry Standards
Used equipment is purchased as is, leaving little to no room for customization. Advanced features, such as control panels, may be outdated or require upgrades that may not be able to be supported.
Opting for new equipment allows you to design equipment to fit your needs and specifications. You’ll be in the loop for the newest options for advanced features, automation options, and precise controls that can contribute to improved efficiency and consistency in your brewing or distilling processes.
New equipment will also ensure adherence to industry standards and regulations. At ABS Commercial, our equipment can be customized to be:
- Built to user specifications
- 316 stainless steel
- 3-A certified
- ASME certified up to 10 BAR (145 psi)
- CE certified, where applicable
- Customizable vertical/horizontal
While the initial investment in new stainless-steel equipment may be higher, the long-term benefits far outweigh the costs. Don’t compromise quality. An investment in new stainless-steel brewing equipment is an investment in your future. ABS Commercial is your full-service equipment manufacturer, specializing in customizable stainless-steel vessels for the brewing, distilling, beverage, and life-science industries. We pride ourselves on providing quality equipment, a consultative approach, and technical-process solutions to our customers.
The vertical integration of our sister companies ensures that we can provide a full consultative approach to our customers. Our team is comprised of experienced brewers, distillers, salespeople, project managers, and engineers who can help you design the perfect setup to fit your needs. Contact us today to get started.