Consumers’ Brewing Co.

American Brewers’ Review  Vol. XVIII, No.11, November, 1904


The new plant of the Consumers’ Brewing Co., of New Orleans, at Clio and Liberty streets, is built of pressed brick with cut stone trimmings.  The interior construction is of steel, with expanded metal and concrete floor arches and asphalt finished floors.

The office building, the front part of the brew-house, engine-room and boiler-house are two stories high and have a front of 175 feet.  The mill-house, cold storage building and stables have a front of 200 feet.  The first floor of the office building contains a general office and a private office.  The second floor a directors’ room and an office for the brewmaster. The brewhouse is equipped with a 200 barrel outfit, which is furnished by the Goetz & Flodin Mfg. Co., of Chicago, and is so arranged, that either the infusion or decoction method can be used.  The brewing capacity can also be easily doubled by a simple arrangement. 

Several new features, invented by Mr. Henry Reininger, the superintendent, are also adopted.  The enclosed wort cooler is furnished by the Loew Supply and Mfg. Co., of Cleveland.  The machinery and will-house outfit is of the latest improved type, all electrically driven and is furnished by Olsen & Tilgner, of Chicago. 

The engine room is equipped with two 50-ton De La Vergne refrigerating machines of the horizontal type, two generators of 25 K. W. each, air compressor and various pumps.  The boiler house is equipped with two water tube safety boilers of 150 H. P. each, and the necessary heaters and pumps.  The cold storage building is four stories high and contains the cellars, hop storage room and racking cellar.  The cellars have a capacity of 12,000 barrels, and the cooperage is furnished by the Gambrinus Cooperage Works, of Louisville, Ky. 

The racking cellar is equipped with a counterpressure racker of Mr. Reininger’s own construction; filter beer cooler and pressure regulating pump.  The wash house is also constructed of steel and concrete.  All machinery is electrically driven.  A new soaking and rinsing machine will be used, constructed according to a new system devised by Mr. Reininger. 

The stable is built of brick, steel and concrete and is two stories high.  The first floor contains stalls for 60 horses, and the second story is used for a feed storage room.

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