Portland Kettle Works Adds Automation Controls To Craft Brewing Systems

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New HMI (Human Machine Interface) Options Improve Efficiency, Consistency for Craft Brewers

Portland Kettle Works™ is one of the leading American manufacturers of state-of-the-art stainless steel brewing equipment. We manufacture equipment for craft breweries, wineries, kombucha breweries, coffee extractors and other brewing applications. We now offer our optional new HMI (Human Machine Interface) automation control panels for our brewhouses. These new automated control systems replace the traditional brewery controls of mechanical buttons, knobs and switches with “glass cockpit” style LCD touch screen automation controls to improve brewer’s control and batch-to-batch repeatability over their brewing process.

HMI Improves Control and Batch-To-Batch Repeatability

“We’ve been studying how to best implement HMI for our brewing systems for some time now,” says Thad Fisco, President and Founder of Portland Kettle Works. It’s not enough to just be trendy; we demand that it be as absolutely as reliable and effective as all of our system components. We took the time to do it right.”

HMI automation offers brewery operators a number of advantages over traditional manual brewery controls:

  • Increased brewing process precision
  • Better control over brewing process
  • Better batch-to-batch repeatability
  • Lower batch production costs
  • Save recipes
  • Automated controls for better brewhouse safety

Using HMI automation can improve brewery operations and the beer they brew.

More Precise Control

With HMI automation brewers can control their brewing with much greater precision than with mechanical controls. Times and temperatures can be precisely set and accurately monitored to ensure optimum brewing performance. Even better, process settings and recipes can be recorded and saved so that batch-to-batch brewing variability can be virtually eliminated.

Reliable, Repeatable Performance

“One of the most significant aspects of using PKW HMI automation controls is repeatability,” continues Fisco. “Brewhouses equipped with HMI automation controls can record and remember the precise times and temperatures of each step in the brewing process. This lets brewers save their recipes and repeat them time after time; recipes can even be copied by breweries with multiple locations or exchanged with other brewers.”

Plus, from a business standpoint, backing up recipes using HMI eliminates concerns that if a brewmaster leaves unexpectedly for any reason all of the brewery’s best recipes may leave with him or her.

Suitable for Retrofit on Currently Installed Systems

“High on our list of development priorities was to ensure that our newest HMI automation control panels could be retrofitted onto existing Portland Kettle Works breweries,” continues Fisco. “This allows our brewers to perform a brewhouse “tune-up” and gain all the benefits of using HMI automation controls without having to upgrade their breweries to all new equipment.”

In addition to upgrading PKW equipment installations, PKW engineers may even be able to adapt HMI automation controls to brewing equipment manufactured by other equipment manufacturers.

Special Upgrade Offer

To introduce the amazing capabilities of PKW’s new HMI automation control panels to current brewery owners and prospective new brewers, PKW is making an amazing offer: between July 1 and December 31, 2020* upgrade any new brewery system purchased from PKW from manual controls to HMI automation controls FOR FREE! This can save brewers as much as $25,000!!

For more information on PKW HMI just click here for the details.

*This offer subject to modification or withdrawal without notice.


Portland Kettle Works™ was founded in 2011 to build the highest quality stainless steel brewing and beverage equipment applications. Since then we have built and installed over 300 breweries worldwide. Our craft brewers are among the best of the best and they have the gold, silver and bronze medals to prove it. If you’re serious about craft brewing as a business, contact us and we can help you, too. And if you’re located in Mexico or Latin America, click here to visit our Spanish language site.

Portland Kettle Works Launches Website Dedicated to Used Brewing Equipment

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New Website Will Feature Gently Used Brewhouses, Tanks, Distillery Equipment, Wine Making Equipment And More, All At Great Prices!

Used-Brewing-Equipment.com performs expert services for the craft beer and beverage industry following expansion, closures, acquisitions, repossessions, and lockouts. UBE performs services needed as business requirements change including:

  • Buy
  • Sell
  • Appraise
  • Remove
  • Refurbish
  • Transfer
  • Decommission
  • Recommission
  • Scrap

Direct and Consignment Equipment Sales

In addition to business services we also sell used equipment assets on a direct sale and consignment basis. We serve all types of brewery, winery, beverage, food processing, and packaging businesses including:

  • Craft Beer
  • Coffee
  • Distilled Spirits
  • Kombucha,
  • CBD
  • Wine
  • Dairy
  • Phrama
  • and More!

Whatever your used brewery equipment needs, Used-Brewing-Equipment is here to help you succeed in the fastest, most cost-effective, least stressful way.

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Portland Kettle Works has created a separate website, Used-Brewing-Equipment.com, dedicated to recycling beverage and brewery equipment.

Click here to visit Used-Brewing-Equipment.com

Used Brewing Equipment from Portland Kettle Works
Used Beverage and Brewing Equipment from Portland Kettle Works

Portland Kettle Works was founded in 2011 to build the highest quality stainless steel brewing and beverage equipment applications. Since then we have built and installed over 300 breweries worldwide. Our craft brewers are among the best of the best and they have the gold, silver and bronze medals to prove it. If you’re serious about craft brewing as a business, contact us and we can help you, too. And if you’re located in Mexico or Latin America, click here to visit our Spanish language site.

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Brewers Association Includes Acquired Craft Brands in 10K Brewery Goal

“Although BA-defined U.S. craft brewers combined to make up 13 percent of the beer sold last year, [Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart] Watson said,
all “fuller-flavored beer” — including about 9 million barrels produced by acquired craft brands — amounted to about 17 percent of the beer market.”

Bart Watson
Brewers Association Chief Economist
at Meeting of the Malts 2019

This quote was published in Brewbound reporting on last week’s annual Meeting of the Malts in Hershey Pennsylvania, and the BA’s goal of having “10,000 breweries in operation in the U.S. within the next two years.”  Read the full article here.

Sam, Mark, myself, and the teams at both Portland Kettle Works and Crafting a Strategy are humbled in light of this statement.  Thank you Bart.

Thad Fisco
Owner, Portland Kettle Works & Labrewatory

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The University of Maine is conducting a great survey of small craft breweries. This information will prove informative to all brewery operators, and we will make sure to send the results to everyone in a future email and blog article.
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The purpose of this study is to understand how the craft brewery industry can better strategize around innovation, sustainability, and economic growth, while at the same time maintaining their connection with the local community.  Our goal is to generate a global benchmark report that we will share with all survey participants; we welcome anyone who is a brewer, owner, or heavily involved as an employee/associate of a craft brewery in any country. Your response is very important and will help us produce this report.

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