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(VIDEO) Look at Our Latest Beer System Installation for Kensington Brewing Company

POSTED ON December 1st  - POSTED IN Blog

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.

(VIDEO) See the Custom Draught Beer System We Installed for Phil’s BBQ

POSTED ON April 27th  - POSTED IN Blog

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.

CO2 Alarms, OSHA and You – How to Keep Your Brewery Safe

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN Blog

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

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The Analox Ax60+

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

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The Analox Aspida

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.

Sources:

https://www.brewersassociation.org/statistics/number-of-breweries/

https://www.brewersassociation.org/insights/4000-breweries/

https://www.analoxsensortechnology.com

Check Out Glacier Design’s Recent Projects

POSTED ON December 9th  - POSTED IN Blog

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:

Glacier Design Systems is Southern California’s Top Draught Beer System Installation Company

POSTED ON December 9th  - POSTED IN Blog

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.

(VIDEO) Check Out This Custom Draught Beer System We Installed for TomKat Lounge.

POSTED ON October 26th  - POSTED IN Blog

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.

Craft Retail Dollars Up 20% on 18% Volume Growth During September/October

POSTED ON November 6th  - POSTED IN Blog

By: Brewer’s Association

Craft’s strong year off-premise has continued through the beginning of autumn. In the October 6th four-week scan data released by theiStock_000026180072XSmall IRI group on October 18th, craft volume accelerated, showing a 17.6% increase from the same period a year ago. That raised craft’s year-to-date volume increase up to 16.4%, up from 15.2% this summer. Craft retail dollars also increased by 20.0% for the period versus a year ago, and are up 18.7% year-to-date. All beer volume has recovered slightly from the summer, and is now down only -0.3% in volume YTD in the IRI numbers, up from being down -1.1% YTD in the June/July numbers.

Unlike gains during the summer, this month’s growth occurred without price cutting, as the price per case of craft in the IRI data increased 45 cents from the previous month, up to $34.12 during the four week period. Overall YTD prices are up 2.0% from the previous year, about a point above the U.S. inflation rate of 1.2% through September. The total beer category saw a slight price increase during the month of 16 cents versus the previous month, largely driven by the growing market share of craft and domestic super premium, and declines in the lower priced domestic premium and domestic sub-premium categories. Overall beer case prices are up 2.9% year-to-date.