P17325: Automated Keg Washer


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An automated keg washer serves the purpose of removing leftover beer and beer scale, eliminating harmful microbes, and purging oxygen from the main storage devices for beer: kegs. Commercial automated keg washers perform all these functions and more along with maintaining a high level of reliability. However, current automated keg washers are either too elaborate, too expensive, or both; they often possess costly functions that are either rarely used or simply unnecessary. Project P17325 seeks to remedy the cost and extraneous functions of most keg washers by making a simpler, cheaper version!

Beer Tree Brew Company requires a simple, cost-effective automated keg washer that is conducive to their brewing process. The device must be cheaper than current, commercial models and should prioritize functions essential to the cleaning of kegs while incorporating safety standards and retaining the reliability of commercial models. The goals of this project are to analyze current, commercial automated keg washers and the patent database to determine ways in which the device can be made simpler, more reliable, and be constructed of readily-available materials and equipment. The anticipated final result is a fully-functioning prototype capable of maintaining excellent reliability for several years, being easily reproducible and maintained, and adequately cleaning kegs according to the customer's specifications and requirements.

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Project Name
Automated Keg Washer
Project Number
Start Term
Spring 2017
Term 2165
End Term
Fall 2017
Term 2171
Faculty Guide
Professor George Slack
Primary Customer
Beer Tree Brew Co.
Sponsor (financial support)
Beer Tree Brew Co.
Brendan Harder & Chris Rhoades
RIT Alumni

RIT Alumni

Team Members

Automated Keg Washer Team of Champions

Automated Keg Washer Team of Champions

Member Role Contact
Katie Brinskele Project Manager klb4659@rit.edu
Brandon Kulzer Lead Engineer btk8748@rit.edu
John Rueckel Design Engineer jrr4794@rit.edu
Ahmed Alebri Structural Engineer aka1437@rit.edu
Brian Bradford Purchaser bwb8724@rit.edu
Eric Roth Facilitator edr2694@rit.edu

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Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


Thank you to Brendan Harder and Chris Rhoades of Beer Tree Brew Co. for being both great sponsors as well as customers!