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Types of Brite Tanks
Jacketed brite tank
20 gallon brite tank
30 gallon brite tank
250 gallon brite tank
How does a brite tank work
Also known as a secondary tank, serving tank or bright tank, a brite tank is a tank in which beer is kept once the initial fermentation and filtering is complete. This pressure-rated and temperature-controlled vessel is ideal for clarifying, carbonating and maturing your homebrew. The beer is then stored in the same tank for kegging, canning, bottling and packaging. In brew pubs, brite tanks can also multifunction as serving vessels.
While the construction and function of a brite tank aren’t as complex as a bottling line or brewhouse, these tanks have vital features and functions. Bright tanks offer two major benefits to beer brewers: efficiency and bright, clear beer.
Why Use a Bright Tank?
There are many other advantages to using a brite tank as a homebrewer:
Increases Homebrew Clarity
A bright tank allows for enhanced beer clarity while enabling you to remove the yeast in an easier and more complete manner. When you remove the yeast from the conical keg, you tend to leave some yeast in the cone and on the walls. That yeast prevents other yeast from getting out because of ‘like charges’ and this has a huge impact on beer clarity. The dish-bottomed brite tank causes the yeast to remain on the bottom and not flock into the final product. This explains why brewpubs opt to draw directly from bright tanks to their taps.
Makes it Easier to Measure Beer Volume
You will normally yield all of your beer in a bright tank, which allows for easier packaging. Conical tanks tend to leave some amount of the brew behind as you are normally draining from the ranking arm and the amount of yeast present will vary. As such, you are unable to figure out how much beer you’ll end up with. Due to the known volumes, bright tanks could also be used for tax determination purposes.
Greatly Decreases Your Carbonation Time
Unlike a corny keg that takes around 5 to 7 days to fully carbonate, brite tanks allow users to carbonate in less than 24 hours. And since the bright tank features a lid-mounted pressure gauge, it is easy to monitor the head pressure of your homebrew or beer. This gives you a safe way to quickly carbonate or burst carb in a matter of hours.
Allows For Bulk Aging & Conditioning
This is yet another advantage to the brite tank. You can use a 10-gallon brite tank to store and serve your brew all in the same vessel, allowing for bulk aging. The beer will age rather differently, and you will have just a single container to clean and work with when you need to refill it.
Features a Bigger Center Drain Rather Than a Dip Tube
This helps to ensure that yeast does not flock into the serving line. As with a professional bright tank, the big centre drain ensures a low-speed pickup rather than a smaller dip tube, which is a higher-speed pickup. The high-speed pickup associated with the corny keg causes more yeast and solids to draw into the serving line or the final product.
For the beer volume, corny kegs come with a smaller bottom than brite tanks. This means more yeast is able to settle and accumulate in the area.
With a bright tank, you can avoid the cost of buying cask ales or firkin devices. A brite tank allows you to connect a beer engine, remove the PRV seal and utilize the small hole as your spile.
Easy To Clean
A corny keg is arguably one of the most difficult vessels to clean. From the posts and poppets, to inside the dip tube, it is really a challenge. On the other hand, a bright tank is much easier to clean. This vessel has a opening at the top that makes it incredibly easy to reach and clean the walls. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about turning the keg to get rid of the dirty water or sediments, which could actually cause bacteria or mold growth. The brite tank often features a center drain. Simply open the valve and allow it to drain dry.
Easier Temperature Control
Temperature control has a major impact on your final product. Bright tanks are intended to be about 32 degrees at which one can carbonate beer effectively and also cold condition a brew to make it crystal clear.
Allows You To Transfer Beer From Your Fermentation Vessel From The Bottom Up
Most homebrewers are often worried about oxidation, as they actually should be. With conical kegs, you need to fill up from the dip tube – which can be a labor-intensive process or you run the risk of oxidation. A bright tank allows you to purge the tank and then fill with a half inch tube from the bottom. Transfers will take just a matter of minutes.
Everything about the brite tank is designed for functionality and ease of use. It has simple features such as the PRV, CIP, sample valve, sight glass, thermowell, carb stone, and pressure gauge. Combined, these features can make a huge difference in taking your home beer brewing experience to the next level.