Brining and hardening are the final, critical processes in the production of high quality semi-hard cheeses. GEA has worked with the industry to develop a modular, configurable series of brining vats and hardening vats that can be configured to fit any plant layout and capacity.
GEA brining and hardening vats can be tailored to meet the processing requirements of a wide range of cheese types and sizes, and any production capacity. We can also configure systems on two or more levels to reduce footprint when space is at a premium.
GEA brining and hardening vats are constructed with centrifugal pumps and plate heat exchangers to recyle brining and cooling water, and to recover cleaning solutions after the cleaning cycle.
A complete system comprises an initial module that houses the motorization for conveying products through the vat, a number of central, cold water-filled 4 m vats through which the cheeses are transported, and a final module that includes the extraction belt for removal of the cooled cheeses. The total length and capacity of the vat can be configured to meet the required production throughput.