The Xtractor harnesses the pressure fluctuations of cavitation to improve extraction and increased hop flavor. With the proliferation of craft breweries, the demand for hops and prices have increased. The Xtractor technology can allow brewers to produce bitter beers with up to 50% less hops, both bittering and aroma hops for dry- hopping, as well as improve the extraction of fruits, coffee and other flavors. The Xtractor can also increase production through faster dry hopping and increase beer yield by producing less beer-soaked hop waste.
The Xtractor can provide brewers benefits such as:
- 50% less bittering hops
- 50% less dry hopping aroma hops
- Impart other flavors such as fruits, coffee and wood chips
- Increased hopping speed
- Minimized protein damage
- Sell more finished beer with less beer soaked hop waste
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Bittering trials show the ability of the Xtractor to significantly increase the percentage of alpha acids extracted. Similar results can be seen in dry hopping.
In addition to the hop reduction and increased hopping speed it has been reported that every 1 kg of hop pellets can absorb 10 L of beer/wort. On a 100 barrel fermenter dry hopping at 1.5 lbs/barrel a 33% reduction in hops could mean yielding ~2 more barrels of beer every batch.