Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Nowadays, Ukraine is one of the leaders in brewing among the CIS countries. Let’s visit one of the most technically advanced breweries of the country, Pivovarnya Ziberta (Obolon).

Zibert Beer Production

The company is situated in the city of Fastov, the Kiev Region. Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross built in the beginning of the 20th century is the gem of the city.

Zibert Beer Production

Church of the Intercession was built in 1740.

Zibert Beer Production

Pivovarnya Ziberta is situated near this church, the oldest construction in the city.

Zibert Beer Production

Pivovarnya Ziberta was founded by a Prussian citizen Julius Zibert over 100 years ago, in 1906. The same year, they started producing keg beer to sell it in the city and surrounding villages.

In the photo: by the entrance to the brewery.

Zibert Beer Production

A delivery truck entering the brewery.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Along with Zibert beer, they produce Obolon.

Zibert Beer Production

In 2008, the brewery went through a recontruction. In fact, they built a new powerful brewery. The company’s producing capacity reached 12 million decaliters of beer a year.

Zibert Beer Production

Let’s see how Zabert beer is brewed.

Zibert Beer Production

On the right you can see a carbonic acid recuperator. They use it to collect carbon dioxide oozed from the beer to later use the gas again in beer production. First of all, this gas is ecologically safe. Secondly, it’s a nonwaste production.

Zibert Beer Production

They use their own malted barley and hops imported from Germany.

Zibert Beer Production

The boiler room.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

They use filtered water for their beer because regular and drinking water contain carbonates and mineral substances which make it unfit for beer production.

Sand and Na-cationite filters.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Coal H-cationite filters.

Zibert Beer Production

In other words, you should not be worried about purity of water used in Zibert beer.

Zibert Beer Production

Those visiting the brewery should wear disposable paper gowns.

Zibert Beer Production

They use Ziemann equipement which is also used by such breweries as Beck and Miller.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

First of all, they mill malt with a special mill. Different sorts of beer need differently milled malt.

Zibert Beer Production

They mix milled malt with water and reactivated ferments start turning starch – which concentration reaches 70% in grain – into brewing sugar. They slowly heat the mix to 760C to speed up fermentation.

Zibert Beer Production

Milling malt.

Zibert Beer Production

They strain the mix to receive wort.

Zibert Beer Production

This is where they boil wort adding hops.

Zibert Beer Production

Hops are a natural antiseptic and preservative which prevent wort and beer from going sour.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

They boil wort for up to three hours. The bigger density the wort has, the stronger the beer will be.

Zibert Beer Production

Then they strain boiled wort and leave it for settling.

Zibert Beer Production

Here they take samples of beer for testing.

Zibert Beer Production

Two operators watch the production process using a special computer program.

Zibert Beer Production

The yeast department.

Zibert Beer Production

Beer ferments inside these huge cylinder-conic tanks.

Zibert Beer Production

It’s automated.

Zibert Beer Production

They cool off wort before fermentation.

Zibert Beer Production

There are three categories of brewery yeast – top fermentation, bottom fermentation and “wild”.

Zibert Beer Production

They use the same yeast no more than 15 times before replacing it with new one.

Zibert Beer Production

The lower part of the cylinder-conic tank.

Zibert Beer Production

The view of the cylinder-conic tanks from the side.

Zibert Beer Production

When fermentation is over, they filter their beer with kieselguhr. However, today more and more people prefer non-filtered and non-pasteurized beer.

Zibert Beer Production

Conditioning can take from 2 to 4 weeks, sometimes longer, depending on the type of beer.

Zibert Beer Production

Second fermentation and conditioning take place in huge stainless steel tanks.

Zibert Beer Production

Special equipment monitors and maintains necessary temperatures inside the tanks.

Zibert Beer Production

After conditioning, they filter their beer over again and bottle it.

Zibert Beer Production

These bottles are going to be recycled.

Zibert Beer Production

A robot puts them on a conveyer…

Zibert Beer Production

That brings them into a washer.

Zibert Beer Production

After washing, each bottle gets visually checked by a worker.

Zibert Beer Production

Then they get filled with beer and sealed.

Zibert Beer Production

They stick new labels on each bottle.

Zibert Beer Production

The robot places bottles into cases.

Zibert Beer Production

The old church is seen from the brewery.

Zibert Beer Production

The bottling department.

Zibert Beer Production

It all starts with preforms that look like test tubes.

Zibert Beer Production

A special machine turns them into 1.5 l bottles.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Bottling.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

“Defective produce”.

Zibert Beer Production

Labels.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Everything goes really fast here at the brewery.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

376 people work for Pivovarnya Ziberta.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Packing.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

A service elevator takes the bottles to the main floor where they get loaded on trucks.

Zibert Beer Production

Keg beer is also produced here.

Pivovarnya Ziberta (Zibert Brewery) works every day (especially in the summertime).

Zibert Beer Production

Beer sampling.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert beer is exported to 13 countries, including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, England, Germany and the USA.

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Zibert Beer Production

Next to the brewery is a store selling proprietary goods and beer.

Unfortunately, the company focuses on production of popular affordable sorts of beer. Hopefully, one day they will launch elite beer production as well.

Location: Fastov

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1 thought on “Zibert Beer Production”

  1. I don’t understand…what is the problem with creating cheap, affordable, quality beers for the masses of workers? This is good! I wish we had more affordable beers here!

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