So much scale had built up in a western U.S. brewery’s ammonia condensers that it was operating at a 30 percent efficiency loss.
No longer able to put off cleaning the two units, the brewery brought in Rydlyme, Aurora, Ill., to handle the project. Rydlyme recommended 2,200 gal of its Rydlyme product to completely clean the condensers. The job took place over 1.5 days with three cleaning periods of four to five hours each.
After completion, the units returned to service and the brewery was able to run them dry with only the outside ambient temperature providing adequate cooling. The condensers now operate at an estimated 95 percent efficiency or better.