Metal Brewing Components
A large brewing company stored many pieces of metal in an open warehouse behind their plant. The majority of the metal had varying degrees of corrosion, which had to be continually cleaned before it could be put to use. The warehouse had no doors, and therefore the metal was exposed to the atmosphere.
All brewing equipment must be kept scrupulously clean and sanitized to avoid contamination by microorganisms. This is a labor intensive and expensive process. Limiting the amount of corrosion would save the brewery time and money by making the storing process more efficient.
A used 40 foot container was purchased as a storing place for the metal. Inside the container, moisture barrier material was lined throughout and held in place with PVC pipe, thereby creating a storage area in which the environment could be controlled. The metal was placed on racking inside the container. Desiccant and vapor corrosive inhibitors were also placed inside the container. Humidity indicators were used to determine when the desiccant needed to be replaced.