Sanitation challenges for the growing brewery

Cleaning/Sanitation Session
Dirk Loeffler, Loeffler Chemical Corporation Atlanta, GA-USA

ABSTRACT: As smaller breweries grow larger in output, new and used equipment, as well as changing conditions and processes, continuously generate new sanitation challenges. This presentation looks at commonly found problems and challenges in a growing brewery while showing approaches and solutions. Among other subjects, the effect of temperature differential in various size tanks is discussed, as well as changing fluid mechanics in process piping and what to avoid. Field studies from various areas in the brewery will be presented and practical solutions for any size brewery given. Growing can be challenging, but knowing what to look out for and maintaining proper sanitation will arm you with the knowledge to successfully take on the challenge.

Dirk Loeffler is the technical director of Loeffler Chemical Corporation, a chemical company specializing in sanitation products and chemical automation for breweries with corporate offices in Atlanta, GA. In his position, Dirk continuously develops and implements new products, product applications, and cleaning technologies. Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Dirk came to the United States in 1992 to lay the groundwork for the U.S. operations of Loeffler, resulting in the incorporation of Loeffler Chemical Corporation in 1994. Dirk graduated in 1989 with a degree in business administration. After his military service, he worked for Chemische Fabrik Kalk GmbH in Cologne before joining the family business, where he worked in technical sales and research and development. Dirk lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife Alexis and their dog Elvis. He has been an active member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas since 1993, and he is also an active member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the Brewers Association.