We have moved into brand new, customised premises, which has enabled us to design-in our requirements on hygiene standards and safety standards, our access to sufficient power, air, CO2 and water (as required by our process and by our plant and equipment).
Our facility has a natural flow, from goods in, to the tank farm, to the bottle labelling and filling area, to the packing area to the finished goods storage area. Our aim is to utilise this natural advantage to deliver an efficient service to you.
Our equipment suppliers have been first class – helpful, attentive and committed to giving us the right start in the beer industry.
Cimec Tri-Block 12:12:1 Bottling Machine
The bottling machine has three jobs to do, hence its name. Its rinses the bottles with sterile water, it double pre-evacuates the air from the bottle and fills beer into the bottle in a single process, then finally crimps the crown onto the bottle top. Ours is a 12 head machine, capable of a filling speed of 2000 x 500ml bottles per hour.
Herma 152 labelling machine
The labelling machine is capable of multiple labelling operations and labelling combinations. Our preferred method of labelling is to apply a single wrap-around label to the body of the bottle.
For a small additional charge we can apply front and back labels to the body of the bottle.
For a small additional charge we can apply a neck label to the bottle.
Labelling requirements are precise, so please speak to us to find out about the label specification we require. The labels are to be supplied to us by the brewery and must be on-site in advance of the bottling operation.
We are happy to hold your label stock for you on our site, and to put you in touch with a label design and printing company that works to our specifications.
Tanks, CIP unit and Glycol Chiller Unit
We have two sizes of tanks - 4200 litres and 1200 litres - to enable us to process large and small quantities of beer. All tanks are insulated and jacketed, to give us flexibility of use.
Our chiller unit reduces the temperature of the beer. We aim to hold beer in a reception tank at -1 C for a minimum of 4 days before transferring to a ‘filling tank’.
We use a combination of a plate filtration unit and cartridge filter units, providing sterile filtration at 5 microns followed by 0.45 microns particle size.
On-site cleanliness checks are undertaken utilising the ATP testing process, giving us rapid on-site readings to confirm readiness of tanks and equipment for use.
Off Site analytics
A sample of all batches of beer received are sent for micro-biological analysis. In addition a bottle of the finished product is also sent for external micro-biological analysis.