|Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001|
TOP SECRET HEINEKEN BREWERY PHOTOS!
Owing to some bizarre behavior of the S100 Digital Elph camera, these pictures of the Heineken brewery were in the camera when it was checked after the tour. Don't tell anyone we have them...
The Marketplace is the name of the area where automatic pipe switching allows the various kinds of wort (pre-beer) to be routed to fermentation tanks - that's right, this is a big, mechanical beer router (I wonder what kind of subnet it uses):
Next stop in the tour is the fermentation tanks, where wort is made into beer... fermentation is what puts alcohol into beer and it also generates a lot of carbon dioxide (which is what makes beer fizzy). There is actually excess carbon dioxide, which is captured, cooled to liquid and used in other beer operations as well as sold for soda making, etc.
After fermentation, the beer is now beer - but its a bit grubby, full of bits and such. Lagering filters the beer and makes it look like the fine drinkable stuff you think it is.
Final stop of the tour was the bottling and canning area - definitely a land of big toys. The entire process of washing, preparing, checking, filling, labeling and packaging bottles is completely automated, and an awesome sight to behold:
The canning area was equally amazing - there was no indication of where the cans were made, but they arrived with no tops, already labeled. The system then filled the cans and put lids on them in one move, followed by sending the cans off to be gathered and packaged for shipping - at a rate of 90,000 cans an hour:
At the end of the tour, we were loaded back on the bus and saw a couple of other Heineken related sites:
As stated before, all pictures on this page are TOP SECRET, so don't tell Heineken we've got them...