Alcohol refining

Alcohol production in the grand style has a long tradition on the east side of Munich. What began as a cognac distillery as long ago as the end of the 19th century was later taken over by the Federal Monopoly Commission for Spirits (BfB), which then used the plant to refine raw alcohol from potato and corn distilleries in the countryside into high purity neutral and absolute alcohol.

DATE 2023-11-28

Two glasses, Munich Germany

With the opening of the borders of Europe, the BfB monopoly lost its significance, with the result that the distillery in Munich was subject to increasing cost and quality pressure from private sector competitors.

The most recent conversion of the system was carried out in the summer of 2004, with the replacement of a normalpressure distillation column by a vacuum column. The aim was to introduce a further pressure stage in the energy configuration of the column, so as not only to reduce specific consumption and hence costs but also to enhance product quality still further.




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Customer's voice

We have been modernising things step by step, and developing the process still further. We are now refining 250,000 to 300,000 hectolitres per year, using only 1.35 kg of steam per litre of alcohol, to create a product which is rated as top quality on the European alcohol market.

Georg Scheuermeyer

Technical Manager