Chapter 17

Bottling Beer

(book excerpts)

Once the final quality of the beer has been achieved, it is ready for bottling. The bottling of beer is one of the most complex aspects of brewery operations and the most labor intensive of the entire production process. The layout of the bottling line will depend on a number of factors but typically consists of a series of processes as shown below if non-returnable bottles are used.

If returnable bottles are used it will also include the following processes: depalletzing, decrating, bottle washing, bottle rinsing, and empty bottle inspection. These processes will not be discussed since non-returnable bottles are mainly used in the U.S. and European markets.

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