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Lessons Learned: Brewing with Steam
Lessons Learned: Brewing with Steam
This on-the-go technical reference is for anyone who owns, services, or installs steam systems for breweries and distilleries.

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“Craft breweries are opening at a rate of one per day and most require a steam boiler in their brewing process,” writes Ray Wohlfarth in the introduction to his new book, Lessons Learned: Brewing with Steam. Drawing from more than three decades of experience inside boiler rooms, Wohlfarth has compiled everything he’s learned about brewing with steam in this well-illustrated guide to the design, sizing, piping, installation, and maintenance of low-pressure steam boilers.

Employing a straightforward, accessible writing style, Wohlfarth covers the basics of steam boilers:

  • Designing, installing, and optimizing a steam system
  • Introducing the different boiler types and explaining how to choose and size the right boiler
  • Boiler piping and maintenance, with special sections on piping a cast iron steam boiler and natural gas piping
  • Common steam system issues and possible solutions

Lessons Learned: Brewing with Steam also incorporates 50 pages of formulas and is full of visual aids, such as boiler diagrams, black-and-white photos, and depictions of designs and processes. This book belongs on the shelf or in the shop of anyone who owns, services, or installs steam systems for breweries and distilleries and is a great on-the-go technical reference.

Lessons Learned: Brewing with Steam


Industry Terms


Planning the Installation


Sizing the Boiler


Boiler Enemies


Choosing a Boiler


Boiler Types


Choosing a Gas Burner


Boiler Piping


Typical Boiler Room Piping


Piping a Cast Iron Steam Boiler


Steam Velocity


Pipe Insulation


Combustion Air


Boiler Room Accessories


Steam Traps


Steam Trap Primer


Safety in the Boiler Room


Low Water Cutoffs


Steam Boiler Pressure Controls


Boiler Maintenance


Natural Gas Piping


Gas Train


Sizing Gas Train Vent


Pilot and Ignition


Flame Safeguard


Safety Valve


Flue & Breeching


Combustion Analysis


Typical Combustion Test Results


Water Treatment


Returning Condensate to Boiler


Cleaning the Boiler


Clocking a Gas Meter


Heating Formulas & Rules of Thumb

Publish Date: 2016
Format: 8.5" x 11" softcover
Pages: 187
Publication Weight: 2 lbs

By Ray Wohlfarth

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