‘Moscow Brewery Company’ is a brewery which shows its production process to everyone interested and one just has to sign up for a tour. That’s what we did! Check it out!
So, one of the main ingredients in beer production is malt. This is pilsner malt.
Caramel malt. They liquor it and then fry.
Roasted malt. They add it into dark beer.
They use granulated hops.
Brewing department. Here they brew beer.
Each tank is for a separate production stage.
What’s happening on the lower floor.
They use water from their own springs. This is a water filtering system.
In these reservoirs, there is filtered water ready to be used in production.
A fermenting department.
In these cisterns, beer ferments after brewery. These are lower parts of the cistern. They are as huge as the water tanks. Different sorts of beer ferment at different temperatures.
That’s why some of the pipes are covered with ice.
Through these pipes, beer runs to another production stage.
They use two types of filtering here, kieselguhr and membrane. However, they are going to renounce using kieselguhr filters in future.
This is a battery of membrane filters.
Here’s beer, see?
Regular visitors are prohibited from entering the lab, so we’re pretty lucky to be let in.
They carry out up to 1500 tests here!
This is the way people test beer every day.
A bottling machine.
Actually, this conveyor belt runs incredibly fast!
Keg bottling. It gets filled upside down.
Then it gets corked up.
And goes to the storehouse.
‘Watch out your eyes!’
Bottles pass ultraviolet lamps.
Another bottling machine.
Bottles get washed up.
At each stage, there are defect control systems detecting dust or foreign objects in the bottles. Occasionally, they deliberately pour some liquid (anything but beer) into the bottle to check if the defect control system is on order.
A cemetery of defected bottles.
By the way, the do the same with bottles from the final production stage where they stick labels. Can you imagine that? They break beer because of a defected label!
1.5 l bottle in embryo.
Beer in 1.5 l bottles is not first-priority beer.
Moscow Brewery Company makes Bear Beer, Selka, Breznak, Coors Light, Faxe, Oettinger, Kirin Ichiban beers and also Mospivo and Zhiguli.
Zhigulu makes 80% of beer they brew. Its production lasts for as long as 21 days.
And don’t forget that everything is good in its measure!