While we’ve revolutionized the packaging of craft beer with our invention of micro-canning, along the way we’ve been doing the same for craft cider. In 2012 a Cask customer became the first North American cider maker to put its creations in cans, and since then others have had juicy success with Cask canning systems and the mighty aluminum can.
Standard, Slim or Sleek!
Cask canning lines accommodate numerous coffee-appropriate can sizes, in any Standard, Slim or Sleek formats ranging from 163mL/5.5oz to 568mL/19.2oz with minimal changeover time.
Inline Scale & Auto Reject
An inline scale provides onscreen trending of can weights to 2g accuracy, in real time. Get instant operator feedback for fill consistency and adjustments, with an auto reject arm that automatically purges out-of-spec cans onto a catch tray.
Industry Leading Fill Tech
Cask’s level-sensing probes ensure more consistent fills than other technology (timed filling systems, for example),to eliminate variables in brite tank head pressure or temperature that can lead to over- or under-filled cans.
Cask System Features for Cider
- Cask systems have level-sensing probes to ensure proper fills more consistently than other technologies such as timed filling systems. Timed systems can create variability in brite-tank head pressure or temperature during a canning run, which can result in over- or under-filled cans.
- Our ACS V5 and fleX2 have inline scales that provide onscreen trending of can weights to 2g accuracy, in real time. It delivers instant operator feedback for fill consistency and adjustments, with an auto reject arm that automatically purges out-of-spec cans onto a catch tray, allowing unparalleled quality control of your finished packaged product
- Cask systems are crafted primarily with food-grade stainless steel (not plastic) at key points of possible contamination. So cideries can use heavier sanitization agents when cleaning to prevent cross-contamination, and avoid the risks of degrading plastic components. (Some canning systems from other manufacturers use plastic fill tubes that must be changed every 30 days.
- The standard diameter 12oz or 16oz can is a popular can size for cider, and our canning systems can easily convert to the increasingly popular 355mL sleek can for further can options.
- Your Cask canning line could accommodate any Slim, Sleek or Standard diameter can size on the market ranging from as small as 163mL/5.5oz to as large as 568mL/19.2oz. Change-over time between multiple can heights can be as quick as 30 minutes, and is closer to an hour when changing between multiple diameters
- The ability to package multiple diameters allows versatility in co-packing with other craft beverages.
- Date coders are available for batch control.
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Getting your Cider in Cans
- Cask and Ball Corporation, the world’s largest aluminum can producer, will work closely with you to ensure that your cider is ready for the mighty aluminum can. Ball chemists will test the corrosivity of your cider product to ensure it’s right for cans, and also test for total alcohol content, pH, free SO2, copper and dissolved oxygen and other factors
- A State of California Proposition 65 compliant BPA Non-Intent (BPANI) liner is available from Ball Corporation.
- BPA can come from many sources, including water used in beverages, metal pipes used to transport water and other ingredients used to make beverages.
- Using BPANI linings means that no BPA was intentionally added to the lining by Ball or Ball’s suppliers.
- Cask and Ball can also assist in controlling unwanted microbial activity by way of additives or pasteurization, to ensure safe, sanitary, and shelf-stable packaging of your cider in a can.