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Global hop market

A local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms. 

Hop Market in Russia

Germany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.

NESSIE revolutionizes the brewhouse: Novel mash filtration process by ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA


Ludwigsburg, November 11, 2016 – With NESSIE ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA is introducing an innovative system, which is revolutionizing the conventional brewhouse processes. The novel mash filtration process sustainably changes the lautering process due to shorter process times, increased raw material yields and reduced production costs.

NESSIE brings many advantages for the brewing process: Firstly, the brewer achieves high extract yields as well as high contents of yeast vital substances that causes a more advantageous fermentation. Further the filterability is improving significantly. On the other hand, there will be a better foam stability and an improved sensory perception.

The advanced mash filtration process combines the process steps separation of spent grains and wort, extraction in the counterflow procedure and dynamic washing of solids and their separation – by means of four rotary disk filters, connected in series. Due to the rotation of the sieve surfaces, the mash is actively transported through the system. The principle of the cross-flow filtration prevents a blocking of the sieve pores. In addition, the cascade arrangement of the rotary disk filters supports the active transport.

The filter units are installed on a frame, resulting in a compact design of the system. The combination of a low vessel volume and a short retention time of the mash significantly reduces the oxygen uptake of the lautered wort.
The residual mash particles, which cannot pass the sieve surface, are conveyed to the next filter unit by means of the rotational movement and the gravity. The sparging of the spent grains is carried out in the transition between the filter units. An integrated baffle plate creates turbulences, causing a homogeneous mixing of the residual mash and the sparging water.

The repeated solid-liquid separation results in an optimal extraction of the malt ingredients. At the end of the process chain, the spent grains, as the residual material, is continuously removed. A spent grains buffer is not necessary.

The interaction of design and technological advantages creates new framework conditions for the wort production. The innovative mash filtration process will benefit the brewing industry in many respects. With NESSIE three process steps are combined in one system. So, the lautering time corresponds to the mash transfer time. Furthermore, the new system offers numerous adaptation possibilities and various starch sources can be processed. The system also works independently of the batch volumes. Additionally, NESSIE convinces with its compact design and a low weight – also during operation. Another benefit is the easy cleaning, which also causes savings of cleaning agents.

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nably changes the lautering process due to shorter process times, increased raw material yields and reduced production costs.

Since 1852 ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA has been providing innovative and tailor-made solutions for craft breweries as well as for large-scale breweries – from the malt intake to the bright beer tank cellar. The product range in the area of the wort treatment extends from the malt intake, via grist mills, mash vessels, lauter tuns, mash filters, wort kettles and whirlpools up to wort cooling systems. In the area of the cold block ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA offers fermentation and storage tanks, bright beer tanks, yeast tanks and all required CIP tanks. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA plans, engineers and automates the process and the cleaning technology in all production areas, including the installation of process pipework and the integration of all required utilities. For modernizations, capacity expansions as well as for completely new brewery plants – ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA provides innovative solutions and is a valued expert.
Last but not least, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA is a competent and reliable partner for craft breweries and large-scale breweries in the field of research and development. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA supports its customers, for example, in developing individual beer recipes.

For further information, please contact:
Schwieberdinger Str. 86
71636 Ludwigsburg
Lucas Goebel
Phone: +49 7141 408 377
E-Mail: [email protected]

a1kommunikation Schweizer GmbH
Oberdorfstraße 31A
70794 Filderstadt
Kirsten Ludwig
Phone: +49 711 94541612
E-Mail: [email protected]

14 Ноя. 2016



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