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What is a pilot system in brewing?

Jun. 17, 2022

At Yucheng Zeyu Machinery Co., LTD, we focus on helping breweries make their products better, faster, and more cost effective.

We have noticed many breweries don’t have the option to test new raw materials and ingredients – or experiment with recipe ideas on a smaller scale.

This means there is a risk that the flavor profile, bitterness and aroma is not what they expected and they have a large batch, which needs to be sold – and of course consumed!

Smaller fermenting lines give brewers the opportunity to take a portion of wort and experiment to their hearts’ desire! That way they can lock in a great recipe and scale to their bigger kit.

Here are some of the reasons we recommend installing a pilot brewing system.



The beautiful aspect of craft beer (or any craft industry, for that matter) is the passion that goes into the art.
This passion by brewers has led to a plethora of different beer styles – with new ones coming out all the time.
The possibilities are endless! Changes in materials, temperatures and timing. can make subtle or extreme changes to the final product – whether for the good or bad. This passion typically transcends past brewers and through to the consumers, who are the wing beneath the sails of the craft movement.
Catering to their palette or even going beyond their current taste and introducing them to something new and exciting will set you apart from other brands. It will also ensure the freshness of this movement is continued for generations to come.


A pilot batch brewing system enhances a brewers ability to: 

make small batch runs for clients to taste 

help consumers provide feedback 

possibly determine whether a certain brew might become a seasonal staple or even part of the core range

This process is a great way to keep people engaged and help them feel like they’re part of the process. Also – it’s just great fun!


Yeast can be a large expense for a craft brewery. It is therefore critical that while handling and fermenting – we are keeping it happy.
No one likes “upset” yeast as this anger can produce a number of different negative consequences to the end product.
We believe most yeast companies and their respective yeasts can be used over multiple generations – each manufacturer gives guidance on best practice.
Most yeast can also be propagated from a smaller pitch size, to your required pitch size. While this takes time, it can end up bringing your costs down.
Also, with smaller jacketed FVs, you can connect them to your glycol system and even make them mobile (more on that in our next blog!)
This gives you the opportunity to wheel the FVs around the brewery and collect yeast to be used at a later time or push your slurry into the FV.


If you’re looking to get creative and want to experiment to find your perfect styles, let us know.

We can talk you through how the system works – and even provide you with a demonstration, if circumstances permit!


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