AHOP: hop dosing

With AHOP, we developed a fully automatic and a manual solution for the dosing of solids and liquids in beer (e.g. hop pellets, powders, herbs, aromas …). These dosing installations provide answers to most of the issues of existing dry hopping techniques and guarantee the addition of unlimited quantities without O2 pick-up.

AHOP & AHOP Manual

Mean and lean dry-hopping

A new generation of beers with a more pronounced and aromatic hop flavour is getting more and more interest from a broad beer drinking audience, let by the IPA (India Pale Ale) revolution.

Whilst these speciality beer volumes are increasing, the current dry-hopping techniques face challenges coping with bigger volumes of hop. Furthermore, the current processing techniques are causing brewers headaches. It’s often a time consuming, beer spoiling and complex task to get the hops in and out of the beer. Issues like blockages due to swollen hop pellets, oxygen pick-up, limited batches, cleanability and flexibility are well-known brewers’ challenges.

AHOP

Agidens developed the fully-automated hop dosing solution AHOP. This economical dosing solution tackles most challenges of existing dry-hopping techniques. The moveable unit guarantees easy dosing of unlimited amounts of hop pellets into beer without O2 pick-up and ensures greater efficiency and quality in the dry-hopping process.

Added value of AHOP

  • Fully automated solution based on Siemens TIA portal
  • Continuous dosing process
  • Dosing unlimited amount of hop volumes
    • Fast intake
    • Guaranteed zero oxygen pick-up
  • Efficient hop usage and better aroma intake
  • Total dry-hopping solutions with
    • raiser pipe
    • AJET tank jet mixer solution
    • Alfa Laval’s Iso-Mix External Drive (IMXD) rotary jet mixer
  • Beer transfer pump functionality included
  • Versatile additive dosing (coffee, spices, dried fruit, etc.)
  • Fully in line CIPable
  • Can be integrated into an existing automation platform of a brewery

AHOP Manual

AHOP Manual is the manual and compact version of the fully-automated hop dosing unit AHOP. The same functionality is guaranteed, but with manual actions instead of automatic or recipe driven sequences. With this budget-friendly solution, we make the life of brewers at smaller breweries easier.

Added value

  • Manual mobile unit: simple, lean and easy to use
  • Low investment cost
  • Use of existing pump unit possible
  • Efficient hop usage and better aroma intake
  • Ideal for small batch fermenters (craft breweries)
  • Unique AHOP dosing module features
    • Continuous dosing process
    • Unlimited batch hop volumes
    • Zero oxygen pick-up
    • Fully CIP-able
    • Versatile additive dosing (coffee, spices, dried fruit …)

References

Swinkels Family Brewers

“The AHOP module stands out by its practical and flexible dosing principle, which results in handling different batch-sizes and hop-dosing rates. We found it to be very user-friendly, and we are satisfied with the results of hop extraction and minimal oxygen pick-up.”

Johan Keersmaekers,
Global Brewing Technologist at Swinkels Family Brewers

A. Le Coq

De Brabandere Brewery

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