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Can fermentation control automation take your beer to the next level?

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October, 2016

The smarter way to brew better beer!

Happy yeast make happy beer!

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So, what is a ChillerTron and how does it help brewers make beer? ChillerTron is precision fermentation control automation. Precision to a tenth of a degree. Fermentation control to keep yeast happy and productive. Automation to keep brewers doing brewer stuff and computers doing computer stuff. This isn’t your dad’s thermostat.

Can fermentation control automation take your beer to the next level?

Yeast are living organisims. Much like you, yeast do their work most effeciently and cleanly when they are comfortable and in their ideal environment. Brewers work hard setting the stage for the yeast to do their work. They procure the freshest purist yeast available at great expense. They carefully propagate it up to the right size and scrutinize it with a microscope. They brew wort with tasty sugars for the yeast to consume. They add nutrient and energizer to make sure the yeast gets it’s multivitamin. They add pure oxygen to make sure the yeast has what it needs to reproduce. Then they hand off care of their precious fermentation to a device that has less smarts than your father’s casio watch. Why? Because analog controllers and on/off valves have been the industry standard for decades and computer controlled precision systems have been available only to the budgets of mega-brewers.

Smart fermentation controls are now available to even the smallest brewers

Yeast are living organisims. Much like you, yeast do their work most efficiently and cleanly when they are comfortable and in their ideal environment. Due to thermal inertia and the on/off nature of solenoid valves the hysteresis (the phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it) of legacy temperature control systems can easily be 5+ degrees each cooling cycle. When you are taking your morning shower you don’t run only hot water and occasionally blast yourself with cold water to cool down. Instead you adjust both hot and cold water to achieve a comfortable temperature for yourself as a human organism. Until someone flushes the toilet anyway. ChillerTron works by constantly adjusting the flow of glycol used to cool a fermentation tank with linear flow ball valves and and high resolution digital temperature sensors up to six times a minute. This enable ChillerTron equipped brewers to maintain the perfect operating temperature for their yeast, making them more productive and reducing unwanted fermentation by-products.

“ChillerTron equipped brewers maintain the perfect operating temperature for their yeast, making them more productive and reducing unwanted fermentation by-products.”

Research conducted

An experiment conducted by Sweden’s Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University show that flotation has significant health benefits .

The researchers tested 65 people and segregated them into 2 groups.  one group was given flotation therapy whereas, the others were put on a waiting list as a control group.

The flotation therapy group saw significant stress reduction, increased energy, decreased anxiety and depression in comparison to the control group. This relief is equivalent to the relief that one feels when subjected to anti-depressant drugs and other GAD treatments. The follow up to the study found results last up to six months. (depression was not one ailment that did not last as long). The conclusion of the study warranted float therapy use alongside General anxiety disorder treatments.

Stress reduction conclusion

Since, flotation therapy mimics sleep, it allows the body to repair itself and remove toxins from the immune system. Also, flotation therapy allows the mind to reflect and practice mindfulness. This is essential in treating anxiety, depression and stress reduction. When free from distractions the mind can then resolve things that we’re stressed about.

If you or someone you know is stressed, depressed or prone to anxiety, give float therapy a shot. Floating could be the answer to your problems.

One thing to note is the habitual use of floating.  A great analogy to the effectiveness of sensory deprivation tanks is going to the gym.  No one is able to leave the gym after 1 session looking,  and feeling the way they want. Utilizing the gym takes determination and the consistent habit of showing up.  This goes hand in hand with floating, if you want to see positive health benefits as a result, you must continually allow your mind and body to relax.  We offer introduction packages to help in your goal of stress reduction, lowered anxiety, body aches and more.

Contact us today if you live close or if you are visiting San Diego we would love to host you.

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