Coopers Malting Facility, Adelaide, Australia

Bühler's expertise

Australian brewery Coopers was looking to gain a competitive advantage by bringing malt processing capability inhouse. Coopers wanted to be able to control the quality of the entire production process through supplying its own malt. The automized state-of-the-art malting plant provided by Bühler incorporates WinCos, efficiently connecting and controlling the storage and malting processes.

Coopers, the largest family-owned brewery in Australia opened a new malting plant at its Regency Park Brewery in Adelaide. "I always thought that it would be good if we built another malting facility right here on this site," says Tim Cooper, Managing Director of the Coopers Malting facility. With the new plant, Coopers has gained independence from external malting plants and has expanded their process chain. The new 13,000 square metere site, built to the highest technical standards, allows the brewery to control and maintain consistent quality of malt, the key ingredient of beer.

During the design process functional and aesthetic requirements were considered in close cooperation with the team at Cooper. The fully cladded hoppers and silo bins have been designed to resemble fermentation tanks, with the new plant connected to the Coopers Brewery. It is a highly individual solution designed for the specific requirements of the customer.

Achieving targets in partnership with Bühler

In close partnership with Coopers, Bühler provided their expertise and skills in process and plant design, high quality equipment and solutions as well as professional project management and service support by their regional teams. Bühler Grain Quality & Supply delivered grain processing, conveying and dedusting systems as well as four germination vessels and one kiln with an annual production capacity of 54,000 tons of malt, 180 tons per batch.

This could only be accomplished by installing Bühler's high quality and reliable machinery. The new plant is set so supply Coopers brewery with approximately 17,000 tons of malt a year, with the excess in production intended for sale to a range of domestic and export customers, including independent breweries looking for a reliable supplier of high-quality malt.

Facts

7800 t
storage capacity
This consists of 3,000 t of barley and 4,800 t of malt.
180 t
Cleaned barley as green malt
With just one kiln, with a diameter of 24,2 meter this result will be achieved.
755 t
Conveying capacity
Thanks to the connecting of the different conveying systems.
We've been delighted to work with Bühler due to their expertise.

TIMOTHY COOPER, Managing Director - Coopers Malting

The role of malt

Malt is not only the key ingredient of beer; malt extracts are also widely used by food manufactures. Malt is produced by germination and refining barley, a process in which involves specific sugars and enzymes. Grain storage solutions play an important role in the process.

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