Case Studies

175 US BBL Brewhouse and Siemens PCS7 Upgrade



Spoetzl Brewery




Brewery expansion with automation upgrade

175 US BBL Brewhouse and Siemens PCS7 Upgrade

Briggs of Burton were involved in the design, engineering, and supply of specialist brewing equipment and automation to the new brewhouse for Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Owned by The Gambrinus Company, the Spoetzl Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in Texas, first producing beer in 1909.

The expansion project involved the integration of a second stream into the existing Briggs of Burton Brewhouse and upgrading the existing brewstream to include a new Brew Receiver and wort pre-heater. The project allows up to 175 US BBL x 12 Brews per Day (BPD) through the upgraded Brewhouse and milling system. As part of the engineering design, optimisations to water, energy and CIP were identified and realised through modifications including a Briggs Energy Recovery System. Briggs of Burton also provided the automation and control for the new equipment based on Siemens PCS7.

Brewing Equipment

  • Up to 175 us bbl cold wort brewlength
  • Upgrade to malt and corn handling intake system
  • Two Briggs designed Cereal Cooker / Mash Vessels with Premashers
  • Briggs Brewery Lauter Tun
  • Briggs Wort Receivers for both brewstreams, with wort preheaters
  • Briggs Wort Kettle with Briggs Symphony External Wort Heater (EWH)
  • Briggs Vapor Condenser for the energy recovery system
  • Briggs Whirlpool with Briggs trub jetting machine
  • Briggs wort aeration system
  • Integration with Cellars and Yeast through new wort / beer valve manifold
  • New automated Recovery CIP system supplying both brewstreams

Brewing Engineering

  • Front End Loading (FEL) study and subsequent project implementation
  • Brewhouse Mass and Energy Balance
  • Development of utilisation charts using Briggs Capacity Modelling Tool
  • Piping and instrumentation diagram (P&IDs) for Dry Goods, Brewhouse, CIP, Water, Steam & Condensate, and Air
  • Process calculations for main equipment, piping, and utilities
  • Produce equipment lists, valve and instrument schedules
  • Vessel, equipment, piping plant layout drawings
  • 3D modelling of major plant equipment and piping within the new Brewhouse area
  • Preparation of Request for Quotation (RFQ) packages for all items as detailed on the P&ID’s / equipment layout drawings
  • Develop User Requirement Specification (URS)
  • Develop Functional Design Specification (FDS)
  • Support in the integration of the new Grain unloading system, transfer, milling and weighing system to the new and existing Brewhouse
  • Installation supervision, support and commissioning