Many bar owners don’t want their draft beer system cleaned as often as the Brewers Association recommends because of the product loss caused by cleaning. However, experienced bar owners know how profitable a good, fresh draft beer can be. The truth is, regularly cleaning draft beer lines is an essential part of running a successful bar business.
If you serve draft beer, consider the cleaning process as important as cleaning pots and pans in the kitchen. Customers will notice the effects of dirty beer lines in the taste and quality of the beer. Word will spread, and you could find business going downhill. Better to lose a little bit of beer during the cleaning process, than to drive away customers with poor-tasting beer.
Cleaning the draft beer system involves draining the draft beer lines to pass chemicals and water through them and eliminate funky tasting beer, beer stone, and molds. The FOBs, faucets, shanks and all other parts of a draft beer system need cleaning as well.
If you don’t clean your full system, the draft beer won’t be served as fresh as the brewmaster intended it to be served. You WILL lose sales if you are serving bad-tasting or skunky draft beer. Most customers won’t realize that the draft beer quality is being negatively impacted by unclean beer lines and equipment. They’ll just decide that they don’t like the taste of your beer and won’t order another one. They might order a bottled beer that has a lower ROI on your bottom line, or just leave and not return.
Generally, all the beer that is in the lines during cleaning is wasted. The longer the beer line from the keg to the faucet, the more waste there will be. For this reason, we prefer to install through the wall draft beer systems instead of long draw systems. However, space constraints often prevent us from installing through the wall draft beer systems.
If you have any questions about this and any other draft beer equipment, we’d love to hear from you!
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A Memo From Management…
With Halloween coming don’t let your customers get SPOOKED by serving beer from a system that has not been well maintained. Maintenance on your draft system is of the utmost importance. It gives your system longer life as well as cleaner, better tasting beer.
Think of us as doctors of your draft system. Having your system fail from something that could have been prevented by regular maintenance, those are the real SPOOKS we need to look out for. Keep your system well maintained and have peace of mind that no ghouls or ghosts will shut your system down. Enjoy this beer-drinking holiday and always remember, Glacier is here for you when you need us.
Have a spook-tacular Halloween!
Assistant General Manager
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A Memo From Management…
Are you ready for some football? I personally look forward every year to spring training for baseball and late summer when training camp starts for football. Each year teams look to improve from their previous season and make changes wherever possible to achieve their ultimate goal of a championship. Here at Glacier Design Systems we are of the same mindset and always trying to improve and make ourselves better so that we can help each of our customers with their draft systems.
If you have not put any recent time into looking at refreshing your draft system or had someone out to service it in the last year it’s time to give the experts a call. We will come out to your location and give you a free estimate on what it would take to get your system into tip-top shape or have our service department come and inspect your system from head to toe with our 33 point inspection checklist. Get your team ready to perform at their best and maximize your profits across the board.
Director of Sales
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Glacier Design Systems recently completed the design and installation of a Direct Draw draft beer system for Venice West, a live blues music venue soon to open in Los Angeles, CA. The draft beer system has 14 taps and will help the venue serve customers for years to come.