Are You Considering Flow Meters For Your Draft Beer System?

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Over pouring beer can lead to sale losses ranging from 5% to 50%. The average amount is 23%, or nearly one out of four beers. These losses can occur for a variety of reasons. Staff may sell drinks without recording them in the register. They may charge regular prices for drinks, but ring them in as lower-priced specials and pocket a large tip. Staff may also reverse and void transactions.

The Benefits of Flow Meters

A flow meter can help reduce these losses by tracking every ounce of draft beer poured at the top. Advancements in technology are helping the restaurant and bar industry minimize loss and increase their profit margin. 

Flow meters work as soon as the beer flows, and generates a train of pulses proportional in frequency to the speed of the liquid passing through it. The bar owner will receive real time tracking showing what’s happening behind the bar; they’ll know if the draft beer is getting rung into the POS, if staff is over pouring draft beer (this can include too much foam), and if the cooler is not maintaining the right temperature.

Flow meters are great for bars, especially those that primarily sell cocktails containing one type of liquor and a mixer. A flow meter can also offer benefits to bars that don’t have shift managers supervising bartenders.

Who Needs A Flow Meter?

The upfront cost of installing a flow meter is easily absorbed by large corporate establishments that need to carefully track the amount of liquor being poured and charged. Costs will vary, depending on the number of beers sold at the bar and the type of system being installed.

At Glacier Design Systems, we handle both the installation and cleaning of flow meters. Over time, they may be hardened against high concentration cleaning chemicals. Professional cleaning of the draft beer system will ensure the right amount of chemicals is being used. If you are cleaning your own draft beer system, be sure to clean the flow meters as well as the rest of your equipment.


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