8 At the Plant Making Beer And Soft Drinks

At the Plant Making Beer And Soft Drinks

Posted on October 24, 2012 by team


It’s not the first time we are coming to the Moscow brewing plant “Ochakovo”. But the place is worth visiting again. We are going to show you how they make beer at the plant, show you all these pipes and tanks with the golden liquid.

The “Ochakovo” plant appeared in 1978.

When the plant was mastering the production of foreign drinks, the technologists were pretty much impressed by the terms of their storage, because the domestic soft drinks could be stored no longer than 7 days. And it was achieved not by adding preservative chemicals, as it could be supposed, the fact is that before the 80s the Soviet technology of water preparation and cleanness of production didn’t reach the same high level as abroad.

The “Ochakovo” is the world first factory that started to pack beer in plastic bottles. Here they can make 33 000 one litre bottles an hour.

It’s the door of the cloakroom.

It says “beer”.

Here they have a lot of rare and old equipment and other stuff, like this tank, for example.

These are the presents from the Russian Ministry of Defence.

This bottle was specially made for the Olympics 1980.

This bar is where the beer is tasted.

Here they have very old beer bottles.

These are the ingredients necessary for beer making.

This bearskin used to advertise the beer.

They have a museum here too.

This is a brewhouse. The process of the production is automated.

These tanks are used for making wort. Wort is a mixture of malt and hot water.

This is the wort.

Malt is germinated barley which has to be crushed, mixed with hot water to obtain wort. The wort is boiled with hop. Then it must be cooled and mixed with yeast to ferment.

The hop is granulated, it is brought from Germany and the Czech Republic.

They also make kvass here.

Here they grow yeast crops.

This is a fermentation shop. The process takes six to eight days.

Cylindric tanks are the largest equipment at the plant. They are twenty meters (66 ft) high. It’s like a seven-storey building. They were brought to the plant from Belgium and the plant was literally growing around them.

A glass of beer, anyone?

Location: Moscow

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8 Responses to “At the Plant Making Beer And Soft Drinks”

  1. Osip says:

    Military equipments on display at beer factory? Only in Russia.

  2. YJ says:

    The yellow liquid gold. YUMMY

  3. Tiger says:

    Funny, again most of the machinery comes from Germany, like the bottling line that comes from KHS. The brewery systems can be from GEA, also Germany. Sadly there are Russian firms building such equipment too, but they suffer from underinvestment. So Russian firms have to buy the overpriced and overtaxed German systems. This needs to be adressed. Nedless to say, this is not a pure Russian phenomenon, the same situation is in the US, UK, France and Asia (except China).

  4. Jocasta says:

    How to make American beer:
    1) Take an empty bottle.
    2.) Piss in the bottle.
    3. ) fix lid.

    • Tiger says:

      No. That is US organic beer :) – the real one is that you build a chemical plant that emulates the processes in the human bladder, add some genetic modified bacteria to the chemical reactor and out comes a genetic modified piss that causes health damage. Then you get listed on the stock exchange, accumulate debt to pay the management bonuses and then ask for a bail out by the government. That is real American beer :)

    • Brewmeister says:

      To amend your comment, this is true for mass-production American beer. American micro brews are very good (and numerous). To the point that leaving the US makes me want to bring some micros with me. It’s too bad that Bud, Miller, and Coors are all most people know about American beer.

      • Tiger says:

        That is the same everywhere, even in Europe and Germany which is the home of the beer. The small and middle sized food and beverage firms get acquired by giants such as Carlsberg, Inbev, Kraftfoods, Nestle, AnheuserBusch and the likes and then the quality suffers in order to enhance profit. It is always the same: a private owner can perfectly live with 3-5% profit, but a corporate needs at least 10-20% in order to pay dividends to the shareholders.
        If you want to have good and authentic German beer you have to go to an organic shop or to drive to some bavarian village, although Munich still has some good breweries.

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