The bottling process in commercial breweries leaves residual oxygen in the top of the bottle after filling. This results in oxidation that reduces the beer’s shelf life and flavor.
A stainless steel inline heater developed by Heateflex is helping to remove the residual oxygen. The heater injects a small, precise amount of filtered water into each beer bottle to induce correct foam characteristics and displace oxygen. The heater connects to a jetting tip when installed in a beer filling subsystem in the plant's bottling line. The heating process keeps the jetting tip clean because the heat leaves it dry and sterile. It is constructed using an ASME-certified pressure vessel (U-stamped), and a patented sanitary fitting between the heating element cap and the housing further inhibits bacteria growth.