Meet the Cannabis Chillers We’re Showcasing at MJBizCon 2022

MJBizCon is a business-building event designed to connect cannabis professionals with industry experts, suppliers, and new technologies to help your cannabis operation thrive. We’re thrilled to be one of the 1,400+ exhibitors at the 11th annual event at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 15-18, 2022.  


What to Expect at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium & Expo

The Brewers of Pennsylvania are hosting the 8th Annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium & Expo from October 23-25, 2022, at the Toftrees Resort & Conference Center in State College, PA. This two-day event will focus on the science and business aspects of brewing, exposing attendees to valuable industry resources and insights to help them navigate Pennsylvania’s continually evolving craft beer landscape. The two-day symposium will feature thirteen 45-minute general sessions, multiple breakout sessions, a welcome reception with 30+ industry exhibitors, and a lively social event.

As a proud exhibitor at this year’s expo, we are one of the industry resources you can meet at this exceptional event. We’ll be there to provide helpful advice for optimizing your brewing operation with high-performance industrial-grade brewery chillers designed to keep your brewing processes cool for more uptime and higher-quality brew.

If you’re not planning to attend the show, this preview will give a glimpse into the latest brewery chiller innovations to consider.

First, let’s review the basics of brewery chillers to demonstrate their role and importance for a growing brewing business.

Brewery chiller basics

Industrial-grade brewery chillers use process cooling to remove heat from your brewing equipment, helping it to operate smoothly and efficiently. They’re suited for many brewing processes, including wort cooling, Brite tank temperature control, fermentation temperature control, crash cooling, pre-packaging, and product storage.

Brewery chillers differ from off-the-shelf comfort chillers, offering many functional benefits that can enhance production efficiency and the quality of your beer.

These benefits include:

  • Heavier duty performance to keep up with your rugged brewing processes
  • Tighter temperature control to maximize your equipment efficiency and brew’s taste
  • Year-round performance to keep your operation on track regardless of the season
  • More accurate refrigeration technology when you work with specialized experts who have mastered the art of brewery process cooling
Drake's Brewery Chiller

A preview of our brewery chiller exhibit & insights

Drake’s Engineering Manager, Shane O’Donnell and Scott Noyes from our Sales Team will be on hand at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium & Expo to discuss high-performance solutions designed for breweries and provide helpful insights about:

  • Air- versus water-cooled brewery process chillers, and which system makes the most sense for your operation
  • Remote condenser systems for brewing facilities that require the condenser to be separate from the evaporator
  • Whether you need a tank and pump package and how to select the ideal configuration
  • Factors that affect which size brewery chiller you need, such as your brewery’s beer volume, pull-down/crashing loads, active fermentation heat load, wort heat exchanger secondary heat load, Brite tank holding load, and heat gain compensation
  • Which customizations and options to consider for enhancing the performance, usability, and energy efficiency, including redundancy options, custom controls, and high-efficiency options
  • How to configure a scalable brewery chiller system that will grow along with your operation, whether you have one or 100 pieces of equipment
  • How high-performance industrial-grade chillers can enhance many aspects of your brewing business as they did for Chestnut Hill Brewing Co.

There’s much more to discover at the show! We hope to see you there.

Your industry-leading brewery chiller experts

With more than 50 years of heavy-duty process cooling experience, we’re uniquely qualified to produce the right chiller solution for brewers who demand as much from their equipment as they do their brew. While some companies offer a hodgepodge of brewing equipment, we only focus on the chiller, helping to ensure your brewery chiller’s refrigeration technology is tailored for your one-of-a-kind application. With a proven 99%+ uptime rate and exceptional after-the-sale tech support, trust our brewery process chilling expertise to keep your operation online 24/7. Contact us or request a quote to learn more.


What Gas Refrigerants Do Medical Chillers Use?

different sizes of refrigerant cylinders

Just like an air-conditioning unit uses refrigerant to cool the air, medical chillers use refrigerant to cool fluid used in medical equipment processing. If you’re looking for medical chillers for your imaging or medical facility, this article will outline the different types of gas refrigerants available to keep your lifesaving equipment running strong. First, we’ll start with a definition of medical chillers and outline a few of their primary field applications.

What are medical chillers?

Medical chillers are specialized industrial process chillers that use air, water, or a split configuration to keep medical equipment processes cool. With year-round cooling capability, temperature accuracy, reliability, and energy efficiency, medical chillers are designed specifically for optimal performance and uptime.

Medical chillers are used for many types of imaging and other equipment, including:

  • MRI machines
  • CT scanners
  • Linear accelerators (LINAC)
  • Laboratory reagents
  • Pharmaceutical equipment

Learn more about the types of medical chillers available to equip your imaging or other medical equipment on our website.

Chiller Systems

What is the Role of Each Chiller Component in the Cooling Process?

Water-Cooled Industrial Chiller

Whether air- or water-cooled, industrial chillers work the same way as other refrigeration systems built into your home, refrigerator, and car. However, instead of keeping your environment and food cool, they chill water or glycol to keep your industrial processes cool. The cooling effect works by cycling refrigerant through the chiller system, with various temperature and pressure changes happening at every stage. In this article, we’ll review the components of chillers and outline the unique role they play during each of the five cooling phases.

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What Type of Chiller is Best?

external and internal views of a chiller

There are many types of chillers, each with a specific configuration and capabilities. So, which one is best? In short, the best chiller for you will depend on several factors, including: 

  • Your budget
  • Your application and environment
  • Your preferences

In this post, we’ve compiled several common scenarios related to these factors and suggested the best chillers to consider for each one. The result? An easier – and smarter – decision process.

Chiller Systems Process Chillers

Chiller Fluid: Which Type for Year-Round Operation?

Low-Temp Chiller Fluid

If you’re operating dairy or medical equipment, a brewery, or an industrial process year-round, the right chiller fluid can ensure reliable performance no matter the season. The wrong fluid can result in refrigeration problems in the colder months, compromising chiller performance and reducing uptime. When you need an all-season low-temp chiller, these five types of chiller fluids are ideally suited for year-round operation:

  1. Propylene glycol and water mixture (10-60%)
  2. Ethylene glycol and water mixture (10-60%)
  3. Dynalene HC-10 to HC-50
  4. Calcium chloride solution

Continue reading to discover more about these low-temp chiller fluids that can maximize uptime all year-round.

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What are Split System Chillers?

While most industrial process chillers come in packaged air-cooled and water-cooled systems, there is yet another type of unit to consider: split system chillers. With two distinct and separately installed sections, split system chillers feature an indoor evaporator and compressor and an outdoor air-cooled condenser. Available in single, dual, and tandem circuit configurations, split system chillers are a unique alternative for companies whose application environments cannot accommodate traditional packaged systems.

Read on to learn more about when to choose split system chillers, how they’re installed, and the various benefits they offer.

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What Is the Most Energy Efficient Chiller?

Energy Efficient Chiller - Drake Chillers

The term ‘energy efficiency’ is now deeply ingrained in mainstream dialog, applying to everything from appliances to windows. And while many consumers have long recognized its potential value, energy conservation has also made its way into corporate responsibility programs and operational agendas.

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Do I Need a Storage or Recirculation Tank?

Storage or Recirculation Tank

While industrial chiller storage and recirculation tanks may appear similar on the surface, they have distinct operational differences that can dramatically affect your process chiller’s performance. In this decision guide, we’ll cover the benefits and considerations for storage and recirculation tanks, clearly teasing out the bottom line to help you determine the best option for your needs.

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What Types of Packaged Water-Cooled Condensers are Used in Chillers?

Packaged water cooled chillers

Many companies opt for packaged water-cooled chillers because they are quick to install, long-lasting, quiet, and energy-efficient. They’re found in many industrial applications, such as food processing and manufacturing. These highly efficient chillers use water from an external cooling tower to remove process heat from the condenser.

Situated between the compressor and expansion valve, water-cooled condensers function as a specialized heat exchanger that condenses the hot pressurized gas from the compressor into a liquid. In this article, we’re covering the three primary types of condensers we use in packaged water-cooled chillers.