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Spectacular installation fermentation tanks

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 4 gigantic fermentation tanks were placed through the roof in the brand new brewery of The Musketeers. A spectacular delivery for the craft beer brewery that will open its doors in Sint-Gillis-Waas in May.

The tanks came with an exceptional transport all the way from Bulgaria.

New tourist attraction Waasland 

In August last year, the foundation stone was laid for the Belgian brewery The Musketeers, which has been score nationally and internationally for years with its Troubadour beers. The brewery must become the new tourist attraction for the Waasland on the former brickworkers site in Sint-Gilis Waas. In addition to brewery visits, enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy some goodies in the brewery café.

Spectacular installation

With the placement of the 4 fermentation tanks, the brewery is almost completely ready for brewing. Earlier in January, the entire brewing hall and malt silos were delivered. The delivery and installation of these 4 fermentation tanks is not that simple. “The tanks are so large that they have to be placed in the brewery with a crane through the roof. And that is millimeter work ... We only knew a few days in advance when exactly the tanks from Bulgaria would arrive with exceptional transport. Much depended on the weather conditions, and those were not optimal at the end of January. But they have finally arrived and make our brewery complete. From the end of March we want to brew our first Troubadour and other specialty beers here. We are already looking forward to it, "says an enthusiastic Stefaan Soetemans from The Musketeers.

The beer is "born"

One of the last steps in the brewing process takes place in the fermentation tank and the beer is "born". The cooled wort (sugar-rich, aqueous solution) goes to the fermentation tank and after the addition of yeast, fermentation starts here. Nice to know: one fermentation tank has a capacity of 12,000 liters, which is good for around 48,000 glasses of Troubadour.

High quality requirements 

The bar is set high with a brewery hall of the renowned German Rolec. Rolec has previously installed brewing rooms at, among others, Brew Dog (Scotland), Meantime (UK), Lagunitas (US) and the Belgian Sint-Bernardus. In the beer world, these are very renowned breweries.

In the new Wase brewery, 60 hectoliters can be brewed per batch, equivalent to 24,000 glasses of Troubadour. A fully automatic filling machine fills and subsequently processes 6,000 bottles per hour. The brewery is currently brewing 8000 hectoliters per year. Within three years, The Musketeers wants to almost double that volume and produce 15,000 hectoliters of beer per year.

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 The Musketeers Brewery

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