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Welcome to

The International Centre for Brewing & Distilling

A unique teaching & research facility meeting the needs of the brewing, distilling & malting industries worldwide

Facilities

 

The ICBD has its own research laboratories within the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. At the same time, the ICBD can draw on facilities elsewhere in the School and the University (such as the Library and Computer Services). The micromaltings have been expanded to allow the production of sufficient raw materials for up to a 200 litre brew-length. The experimental plant includes three brewing vessels which can be used for the production of ale or lager wort, and malt or grain distillers mash, from a variety of raw materials. The fermentation and conditioning tanks are designed for beer or spirit wash production. Green beer can be cask matured, and there are also facilities for filtration together with a bright beer tank and equipment for bottling and kegging. Two pot stills are also part of the production facilities. A full range of analytical equipment lies alongside the experimental plant in neighbouring laboratories, and there is a newly developed sensory suite. A greenhouse is also available.

 

Brewing

The 2 hl experimental plant includes a mash tun, cereal cooker, lautertun/infusion mash tun, and a mash filter. These feed in to three brewing vessels which can be used for the production of ale or lager wort, and malt or grain distillers’ wash, from a variety of raw materials.

The fermentation and conditioning tanks are designed for beer or spirit production. Green beer can be cask matured, and there are also facilities for filtration together with a bright beer tank and equipment for bottling and kegging.

The brewery was purpose built at the end of the 1980’s through the generosity of the malting, brewing and distilling industries. Over the years the facility has been upgraded and extended.

Within the School of Life Sciences there are also confocal microscope and new proteomics facilities.

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See our Virtual Tour here.

Distilling

The ICBD pilot distillery consists of a 25-litre wash still and an 18-litre spirit still (from United Distiller’s Glenochil Research station). The capability of the plant has recently been enhanced by the addition of two alternative neck designs for the spirit still: a nine plate bubble cap column and a water-cooled condenser column. The School has facilities for headspace GC analysis of the spirit produced and for phenolic compounds also by GC.

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Malting

The micromaltings allow the production of sufficient raw materials for up to a 200 litre brew-length. The facility includes maltings, mash-baths, milling machines and analytical equipment.

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