What’s the secret to a perfect glass of draft beer? Some say it’s all in how you pour it. Others say it’s about maintaining the right temperature. While others claim a beer’s quality is determined by how much foam is in the glass and the cleanliness of the glass. Though all of the above are important, few craft beer enthusiasts consider the role of the draught system.
Almost any beer lover will tell you that they prefer beer that’s poured fresh from the draft. There’s just something better about drinking it from a glass or mug with a perfect head on top. But, what if that “something” is related to how clean the draft lines are?
Any restaurant that sells beer and wine can tell you how important is it to have a quality draught system on hand. For The Pizza Press, that is especially true. The fast-growing pizza restaurant chain got their start in Southern California and have become a huge success across the country.
When Kensington Brewery decided to relocate to the bustling street of Adams Avenue in San Diego, California, they wanted to do so with a statement. The company wished to open a tasting room that boasted its old-world beers. So, when it came time to install a custom draught beer system, Zach Knipe, Founder, and Co-Owner of Kensington Brewery, turned to Glacier Design Systems for help.
When you own a barbeque restaurant, it’s important to have a quality draught beer system in place. After all, what tastes better than a delicious beer and some great barbeque? When Phil Pace, owner of Phil’s BBQ located in San Diego county, was looking to replace the restaurant’s beer system, he knew exactly who to call: Glacier Design Systems.
At Glacier Design Systems, we understand how important it is to have a high quality, well-equipped draught beer system on hand for any restaurant owner. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide quality, innovative draught beer equipment, systems and services to our clients.
Last year we reported about how 2016 was a great year for UK breweries. It was also a great year across the Atlantic, with there now being reportedly over 4,200 breweries in the US, nearly 2,000 more than in 2012.
Although the amount of large breweries has grown only slightly, the number of microbreweries and brewpubs has skyrocketed, with more than 2,000 cities across the country having at least one brewery to call their own.
WHAT IS CARBON DIOXIDE AND WHY DO I NEED A CO2 ALARM?
Carbon dioxide gas occurs naturally in the atmosphere at a rate of 400 parts per million (ppm). It is odorless, colorless and tasteless.
Carbon dioxide gas is a natural by-product of the fermentation process in breweries – when yeast reacts with sugar in the alcohol. It’s also used in carbonation when beer is put into kegs, bottles and cans.
If levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increase too much, it can be dangerous. An increase of CO2 to 30,000ppm, can result in a person having deeper breathing, reduced hearing, headaches and an increase in blood pressure and pulse rate.
Further increases can lead to signs of intoxication becoming more evident including loss of judgement, unconsciousness and if no prompt action is taken, death.
Care must be taken in confined spaces, whether this is cleaning or servicing walk-in coolers, fermenters, grain silos or mash tuns. Carbon dioxide gas can build up in confined spaces, potentially causing fatalities. In 2013 there was a tragic incident in Mexico when seven workers died in a tank when undertaking maintenance and cleaning tasks.
As carbon dioxide gas has no colour, smell or taste, a carbon dioxide monitoring alarm is essential. Visual and audio alarms need to go off ensuring staff on the brewery floor can evacuate the building and wait for the danger to clear or in more dangerous cases contact the local emergency services.
OSHA EXPOSURE LIMITS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set exposure limits on gases in the workplace. With carbon dioxide, OSHA has set an exposure limit of 5,000ppm over an eight-hour period, and 30,000ppm over a 10-minute period.
It may not be the law where you are to have a carbon dioxide alarm in your brewery, but it is advisable to have one in order to keep your staff and customers safe and prevent any incidents which could require a full shutdown of the facility incurring maintenance costs and potential loss of revenue.
WHICH CO2 ALARM IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Analox Sensor Technology offer a range of carbon dioxide alarms which can be used to keep your brewery safe. As carbon dioxide is heavier than air and can concentrate at ground level, it is essential to put the alarm at head height so you don’t have to bend down to read it.
The Ax60+ – our fully customisable solution
The Ax60+ is a wall-mountable carbon dioxide detector which comes with a central display unit (this is mounted in a convenient location such as an office,away from the risk area), a sensor unit (installed at floor level where carbon dioxide gas could potentially gather) and an alarm unit.
The Ax60+ can be connected to a maximum of four sensors and eight alarms, making it fully customisable for small and large businesses.
Later this year you will be able to add extra sensors in order to monitor a variety of gases including oxygen depletion and enrichment, for a fully comprehensive solution
We also offer a smaller version of the product for micro and craft breweries, The Ax60+k
The Aspida range – portable and backup monitoring
The Aspida is our personal gas monitor which can be clipped onto a belt and used to protect staff from gas leaks, or used as backup when a primary gas monitoring system fails.
The Aspida can be used to monitor carbon dioxide, oxygen and also comes as a dual monitor which can monitor both.
When it comes to draught beer systems installation in Southern California, Glacier Design Systems is leading the way with innovative ideas, cutting-edge designs and quality draught beer system installations. Our list of satisfied clients is growing every day throughout SoCal. Quite simply, at Glacier Design Systems, we take great pride in having installed some of the coolest draught beer systems around. Some of our most recent projects are showcases of what we can do to make your bar, pub or restaurant stand out. Here are just a few of those projects:
At Glacier Design Systems, we are dedicated to being the best draught beer system installation company in Southern California. Our loyal clients throughout SoCal will attest to our innovative designs, exceptional customer service and quality support. We design our draught beer systems to look amazing, as they are usually focal points behind any bar. At the same time, we make sure everything functions exactly as it should with ideal temperature control and smooth faucet delivery.
An essential part of owning a karaoke bar is making sure you have a well-designed beer system in place. After all, part of what makes karaoke so much fun is the cold beer waiting for you after you’re done singing. So when Alan Paulson, owner of the sports-themed karaoke bar, TomKat Lounge, was setting up his restaurant’s bar, he understood the importance of choosing a high-quality beer installation company. That’s why he decided to go with Glacier Design Systems.