Portland Kettle Works Adds Automation Controls To Craft Brewing Systems

HMI Control Panel from Portland Kettle Works

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 Germ-Fogger™ Disinfecting System

New High Efficiency Dual-Head System Rapidly Sanitizes Any and All Surfaces At Record Speeds To Fight Covid-19.

Portland Kettle Works, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of stainless steel craft brewing equipment, has introduced the Germ-Fogger™, an American-made disinfecting-fogger with NEW vortecular™ technology designed to efficiently sanitize surfaces to the highest US Center for Disease Control application standards. It’s unique dual-head design makes it the most productive disinfecting agent sprayer currently available.

In this era of COVID-19, the ability to rapidly and efficiently disinfect a wide variety of buildings and outdoor venues has become a critical part of maintaining work spaces that are safe and secure for employees and the public. Even as the economy re-opens the need for mass disinfection will remain huge. The Germ-Fogger makes this disinfection process easier and more cost-effective.

COVID-19 Crisis Leads To Business Expansion Opportunity

“Germ-Fogger™ is not our first rodeo.” states Thad Fisco, President of Portland Kettle Works, a world-leading manufacturer of high tech stainless craft brewing and beverage systems. “Since 2010 we’ve sold and installed 100’s of state of the art craft breweries all around the world. When the COVID-19 crisis hit it severely impacted our primary market of craft brewers. Experts in equipment manufacturing, we began looking for an efficient way to quickly decontaminate breweries, bars and tap rooms. We spoke with friends in disinfectant, facilities maintenance, and contract cleaning businesses. We studied concepts, and CDC recommendations on proper disinfection techniques. We experimented with innovative design concepts and the Germ-Fogger was born!”

“Our initial plan was to just offer Germ-Fogger™ to support our existing craft brewery and beverage clients. However, it quickly became clear how far and wide the COVID-19 crisis has spread. The urgent wider need for decontamination, combined with the impressive performance of the Germ-Fogger has led us to commit to re-purposing a significant portion of our business operations to help bring this crisis under control.”

Designed To be Easy-to-Use, Strong and Durable

“One of our principal design goals for the Germ-Fogger™ was to make an easy to use industrial grade product designed for fast disinfecting agent delivery, easy maintenance and long use life,” continues Fisco. “We did this by using the same high strength aircraft grade aluminum, stainless steel and brass components we use in our brewery equipment.  Mounted on a rolling cart, except for hoses the Germ-Fogger has no plastic parts yet it is compact, lightweight, easy to maneuver and strong enough to stand up to many years of heavy commercial use.”

Germ-Fogger™ is ideal for precision bulk disinfection of all categories of commercial, industrial and government facilities including:

  • Floors
  • Countertops
  • Walls
  • Restrooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Aircraft cabins
  • School buses
  • Train cars
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Daycare facilities
  • Schools
  • Offices
  • And all other high-touch areas…

Two Heads Are Better Than One

The Germ-Fogger’s patent-pending design incorporates a number of features to make it the best disinfecting agent delivery system available today. One of its most innovative features is its ability to supply one or two disinfecting wands off a single disinfecting agent tank. The Germ-Fogger comes standard with one disinfecting wand. Easily user-installed, the second wand can be ordered at the same time or added later. With two wands the Germ-Fogger can disinfect over 52,000 sq. ft. per hour – that’s well over one acre (43,600 sq. ft.) and about 90% of a standard football field including the end zones (57,600 ft. sq.)!

Other Germ-Fogger™ Features

The Germ-Fogger’s design also incorporates a number of additional features to make it the best disinfecting agent delivery system available today.

  • High Quality Construction – The Germ-Fogger is built from machined aluminum, stainless steel and brass parts, all easily serviceable. In normal use it will provide you with years of trouble free service.
  • Ergonomic Atomizing Wand Design – the palm fitting grips of the Germ-Fogger atomizing wands are comfortable to hold and a gentle squeeze on the trigger unleashes the fogging spray.
  • High Capacity – the Germ-Fogger’s disinfecting agent tank holds five full gallons (18.9L) of disinfecting agent allowing it to cover up to 52,000 sq. ft. on a single filling. And with dual head use this can be covered in less than an hour!
  • Quick Change – the Germ-Fogger’s disinfecting agent tank uses stainless steel quick disconnecting fittings. This allows you to swap tanks in a matter of seconds and continue spraying with minimal down time. Extra tanks can be pre-filled and kept ready for rapid use.
  • Safely Extended Spray Tip – the Germ-Fogger’s precision brass spray tip is almost 10” from the operator’s hand to minimize operator exposure to disinfecting agents. And the spray tip is connected with a quick disconnect fitting for rapid exchange.
  • Easy to Use – once you’ve aimed the sprayer a gentle squeeze on the ergonomic pistol grip trigger is all it takes to start the spray.
  • Right- or Left-handed Operation – The Germ-Fogger™ spraying wand is completely ambidextrous.

More Information

To make complete information about the Germ-Fogger more readily available Portland Kettle Works has created a dedicated website. More information is available at https://www.germ-fogger.com/.  Germ-Fogger is in pilot production now, scheduled to begin production shipping June 1, 2020, and is currently available for pre-ordering at the website.


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.

PKW Rolls Out Another New Innovation: VinMaster Wine Fermenters

VinMaster Wine Fermenters

PKW VinMaster Wine Fermenters are the culmination of our experience producing over 1,000 fermenters for the craft beer and wine industry since 2011.

Our fermenters have become the industry standard. They are being used to innovate recipes and deliver repeatable results for award-winning breweries and wineries, large and small, worldwide. 

Built on PKW’s pedigree for performance, we have introduced the VinMaster Wine Fermenter.  The VinMaster provides the same spirit of innovation and quality that our global clients have come to expect and rely upon in all our other products.

PKW VinMaster Wine Fermenters are available in 3 configurations:

  • Wine Fermenters, Closed-Top – Additional uses include wine storage, blending, and packaging
  • Wine Fermenters, Open-Top – Unlimited access to the cap
  • Wine Totes, Open-Top – Capacities from 2 to 6 ton with unlimited access to the cap

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PKW’s CBD mixing tanks provide complete control over mixing, blending, volume, temperature, pH, carbonation, and finishing.

Portland Kettle Works is the premiere American manufacturer of commercial CBD mixing tanks.  We have leveraged our experience in process engineering and process management to provide tools that reduce your startup and expansion risks, and help to insure your success.

PKW’s CBD mixing tanks are designed and engineered with the operator in mind.  We have thoroughly thought through:

  • Safety
  • Sanitation
  • Efficiency
  • Consistency
  • Repeatability

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Introducing the BoochMaster Kombucha Brewery, PKW’s Latest Innovation

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BoochMaster Kombucha Brewery is the world’s first brewhouse engineered specifically for the production of kombucha.

The PKW BoochMaster Kombucha Brewery is the culmination of our experience producing hundreds of HopMaster Brewhouses for the craft beer industry since 2011.  Our HopMaster has become the industry standard, and is used to innovate recipes and deliver repeatable results for award winning breweries, large and small, worldwide.

Built on the HopMaster’s pedigree for performance, we have introduced the BoochMaster which provides the same features our craft brewery clients have come to expect and rely upon in our other products

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