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Mit Bierspezialitäten aus der Einsiedler Privatbrauerei - handwerklich gebraut in Chemnitz.

Einsiedler Brauhaus - pictured history

Einsiedler Brauhaus GmbH is a midsize brewery located in Chemnitz, near the Czech border.  It all started in 1885 when machinery industrial, Mr Emil Schwalbe,  established the brewery in Einsiedel, near Chemnitz. During the 20th Century the brewery went through an eventful history. Einsiedel is a tiny place situated at the foot of the Ore mountains, part of the Bohemian massif, in the Free State of Saxony. The place Einsiedel was incorporated by Chemnitz in 1996.

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In 1885 Emil Schwalbe had a luminous idea by purchasing a few local farms on the outskirts of Einsiedel that provided excellent well water. On that same location Emil Schwalbe started to build his brewery.

 

 

The newly built brewhouse (in the background the lauter tun) had a capacity 300 hl. The Brewhouse consisted 4 more parts (a mash tun, a mash pan, a lauter tun and a wort kettle) could produce 1200 hl daily.

The brewhouse was destroyed considerably at the end of WW II but rebuilt in the original style. We still brew in that same brewhouse today.

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Before the Great War the brewery encountered severe difficulties to supply customers. The production peaked to 70,000 hl per annum before WW I. In Europe traditionally Beer from Breweries got delivered mainly in kegs to pubs and restaurants or to retailers. Back in the day these retailers had small bottle filling equipments where the beer was filled into flip top bottles and redistributed within the local communities.

 

 

 

At the beginning of the 20th Century the brewery owned 33 horses, 12 oxes and in 1912 came the first trucks. Despite these supply possibilities the fleet reached quickly its limits within our hilly area.

 

 

During WW I most of the workers were called to join the army. Later the brewery faced lots of problems to get supply of raw materials. After the Great War the production represented only half of  its peak before WW I.

 

In the mid-1920 the brewery managed to recover. 109 coworkers helped producing 86,500 hl of beer in 1929.

 

 

After the global economic recession in 1932 sales decreased once again.  In 1937 only 37,000 hl of beer were sold.

 

In 1945 the brewery was severely  destroyed by air strikes. Raw materials were hard to find. The annual production declined to 24,000 hl. The brewery was put under governmental administration and shortly after partly expropriated. In 1972 the brewery got fully integrated into the VEB Drink Collective Combine Karl-Marx-Stadt.

 

 

It lasted until 1959 when the production reached 100,000 hl again. In 1972 the brewery received strict instructions by the government to produce only bottled beer. The keg filler got dismantled. Since the Seventies of the 20th Century 200,000 hl of beer are being produced per annum on regular basis. In the Eighties the production climbed to 300,000 hl on yearly basis.               

 

April 1990, after the fall of the GDR (aka East Germany) the brewery returned into private ownership. The daughter of the latest owner runs the business. Since the Summer of 1990 we brew again according to the Reinheitsgebot.

 

Almost the entire machinery was worn-out and is no longer inovative neither does it meet current technological requirements. The Brewhouse was from 1907, the fermentation tanks came from the same period of time and the keg filler didn't exist anymore.

 

 

Therefore everything needed to comply with the latest state of the art. Step by step a brand new fully automatic Brewhouse replaced the former one into the old building. During the induction brewing we are now capable to produce up to 8 brews of 330 hl each per day. New fermentation tanks were purchased. The first 9 fermentation tanks had a capacity of 1200 hl each. Later we added more. In 1991 we bought a new keg filler.

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P R O D U C T I O N   P R O C E S S E S

 

THE BREWHOUSE

4 fully automatic brewing units with whirlpool located in the basement – Output up to 350 hl

THE FERMENTATION

13 Cylindrically-conical fermentation tanks with a capacity of 1200 hl

THE FILTRATION

Precoat filter and sterile filter

CLASSIC MATURATION TANKS aka LAGER TANKS

44 horizontal Lager Tanks with a capacity of 287 hl each

 

THE FILLING

long tube filler with 96 filling valves – 25,000 Bottles an hour


THE LABELING

Since 2018 we've been able to improve the integrated optical system by invensting into a labeler from the company Renner GmbH. As such we remain up to date and we keep insisting on the highest standards. Run capacity is limited to 33,000 bottles an hour. It uses a servo drive that quietens down the machinery. The streamlined application of the labels and the efficient use of label glue enhance the quality of this progress.

 

 

THE EMPTY BOTTLE INSPECTOR

The latest high end product from the company Heuft Systemtechnik GmbH enriches since February our bottle house. Any drop, label or glass chip will be thoroughly x-rayed and removed. The x-ray control device flashes through the bottom of each bottle and can detect the slightest glass chip.

 

 

THE LOADING AND UNLOADING

Because of the strenuous way our crates have to travel on the conveyor up to the bottle house, the company Beyer Maschinenbau GmbH had to live up to their engineering skills. For the lump sum of € 1.5 Million we've upgraded our palletizer completely and added 2 new fully automatic palletizing robots and 2 spiral conveyors for loading and unloading full and empty crates.

 

 

THE KEG FILLING STATION

Keg filling station 2018: New location on the premises of the brewery, complete restoration of the location and new acquisition of a keg filling station with a capacity of 80 kegs an hour. The insides as well as the outsides of the Kegs are being sanitized, steamed and filled automatically.

Revision 2020: Optimization of the Keg filling station.

 

 

THE SPENT GRAIN STORAGE SILO

Spent grain storage silo, fully automatic: In 2019, part of the improvement of the infrastructure within the Brewery, was the increase of the capacity of our spent grain storage silo by 50T and have it relocated

 

 

THE PACKAGING

Enhancement in 2019 in order to process PO's coming from Export faster and set a new benchmark in terms of quality.

 

 

THE CRATE WASHER

March 2019 – Immersion bath for crates with high pressure cleaning

 

 

THE CENTRIFUGE

New acquisition in 2018 for contract brewing activities – pre-clarification before lagering.

 

 

THE COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM

Compressed air system since 2018: 2 frequency controlled screw compressors

 

 

THE PRODUCTION OF ALCOHOL FREE BEVERAGES

Seltzers and other Non-Alcoholic drinks – Beverages

 

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