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Customer Profile: Perfect Pour

Helps Deliver Better Product and Reduce Beverage Costs

Here’s the next in our occasional series of profiles of customers who do business with the Draft Department of FH Steinbart.

Perfect Pour Services was born in 2008 in Portland, Oregon and now serves the entire Pacific Northwest. Perfect Pour provides a full range of draft system services including design, installation, maintenance, repair and tap cleaning. Perfect Pour helps make sure beverage systems at bars, restaurants, offices, homes and sports stadiums are set up and functioning as efficiently as possible, delivering a better product to customers and reducing beverage costs.

Perfect Pour owner James Ameeti says anyone serving beer should remember that clean is clean, and dirty is dirty. “If you don’t clean the entire system, including faucets, couplers, and hosing, your beer travels through a dirty system,” Ameeti says. The Brewer’s Association recommends cleaning every  two weeks. A lot of people hold off on cleaning. I compare cleaning schedule to cooking a pot of beans. just because you don’t eat the beans doesn’t mean that bacterias are not still growing.”

Some line cleaning companies will just “pot soak” beverage lines by letting soap sit in the lines. Perfect Pour technicians utilize pumps to circulate safe and effective chemicals that break down organic build-up in lines and equipment. Ameeti says this circulation technique is proven to be up to 80 times more effective than pot soaking.

Regarding choices made for beverage system components, Ameeti says, “Stainless will last a lifetime. Brass is guaranteed to fail. Start off right on a draft system and you’ll have many fewer problems in the future.”

Ameeti likes to do business with FH Steinbart because Steinbart is a local provider with roots in the community. “Having parts on hand locally means systems get back in use and repaired in the same day rather than waiting weeks for parts. With a team of professionals, answers are readily available and projects move forward,” he says. “With Steinbart’s access to a wide range of vendors, an assortment of options becomes available, while many online retailers stick to just a couple different providers of equipment and parts. Quality matters.”

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What is a GLYCOL CHILLER

What Is A Glycol Chiller and How It Works Best

A glycol chiller is an electrically powered unit, often also referred to as a power pack. It serves as the power source for circulating a liquid coolant mix with water to keep beverages at optimum temperature when dispensing and serving. Current models use Propylene Glycol, a food grade coolant, similar to anti-freeze.  Older models still be in operation may use Ethylene Glycol, which is typically pink in color. Ethylene Glycol is not considered food grade, and is hazardous/poisonous if consumed in significant quantities, so it is to be avoided. We would also advise against using standard anti-freeze in many units, depending on manufacturer, as it may tend to jell in the system and cause operational failure.

Like many refrigeration units, including refrigerators and walk-in coolers, glycol chillers have compressors that use various types of refrigerant. Our chillers use R404A gas refrigerant.

The ratio of the propylene glycol/water mix is often one part glycol to two parts water, but that may not always be the optimum ratio. Always refer to manufacturer’s specifications. Some smaller units might use equal parts water and glycol. Do not use pure glycol or pure water in a glycol chiller.

If the glycol-to-water ratio is wrong several problems may occur. If too much water is in the mix, ice will build up in the reservoir and potentially block the circulation of the mix. If too much glycol is in the mix, the unit may not be able to get to down to standard operating temperature. Each circumstance may ultimately cause operational failure.

Our chillers utilize a sealed glycol reservoir in various sizes, from the smaller ones to largest. ( 1 U.S gallon to 12 U.S. gallons.). Sealed reservoirs are considered superior to models with open reservoirs, because sealed reservoirs prevent dust and foreign objects from contaminating the glycol mix. We recommend that the blend be replaced every 1-2 years. A clean mix, properly maintained, is essential for operation and will provide years of trouble-free service.

One or more rotary vane pumps constantly circulates the glycol/water mix through copper or polyethylene tubing. One line serves as the outlet, the other line serves as the return. They are looped together at the end, inside of towers, shaft boxes, or any similar pouring station, where beer or other beverages are dispensed. These are often simply called glycol lines. Product lines are wrapped and insulated around the central glycol lines, so that cold temperature can be maintained from one point to the end. Recommended temperature of the glycol mix will vary from manufacturer anywhere from 27* F – 32* F.

Two glycol lines are sufficient for bundles of eight product lines.  When additional products are needed, more glycol lines must be added. The idea here is that each individual product is in contact with the glycol line. For example, four glycol lines are used in bundles of eight to16 products, and six glycol lines are used in bundles of 17 to 24 products. Lines are wrapped with moisture barrier tape and sponge rubber insulation with a vinyl exterior. Insulated bundles are also referred to as beer conduit and trunkline.

Glycol chillers are designed to function in conjunction with walk-in coolers and are somewhat dependent upon proper function and limited in their capacity. In other words, kegs must still be kept refrigerated. A chiller cannot be the sole source of cooling, nor can it be used to chill a warm keg down to correct temperature. If the walk-in cooler is too warm, your chiller will most probably not be able to compensate and you’ll have foamy beer at the dispenser. When properly designed with the correct expansion valves, these units may be installed outdoors or inside a walk-in cooler. If kegs are stored at room temperature a flash chiller would be required.

Like any mechanical machine, glycol coolers are best utilized when operation is at or below normal room temperature. Improperly stored, refrigeration units may get too warm during the summer months and experience pump, motor or even compressor failure. We recommend they be installed in a room or area with excellent ventilation, on a level surface and kept under 75* F.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GLYCOL CHILLERS

Why would I ever need a glycol chiller? 

At your brewery, restaurant or other facility, you may want to serve beer and other beverages to a remote serving location from your kegs or other vessels. In some circumstances where your may have a relatively small number of products that need to be pushed only a short distance, proper function can be achieved through use of an air circulation system. Blower fans push cold air from the walk-in through an insulated air shaft around the beerlines, to the remote serving station and back to the walk-in cooler, creating air circulation at refrigeration temperature, sufficient to keep the beer cold enough that it doesn’t foam. Those systems are limited in capability to approximately 25-4O ft. You will need to compensate for heat generated from the electric fans. Once again they are dependent upon a good refrigeration source. Most beers will foam, even at low carbonation levels, when internal temperature rises above 40 * F, no matter what you try, since CO2 in solution and in our atmosphere becomes more active the warmer it becomes.  At some point it becomes much more worthwhile to utilize a refrigerated glycol chiller system when more products are desired and/or when longer distances are required.

What glycol chillers do we stock?

1/5 h.p., 1/3 h.p., 5/8 h.p., 5/8 h.p. double pump. They each have a distance range respectively of 150 ft., 225 ft., and 375 ft. They are pre-set and should not be modified with any form of flow control. If you have many products at greater distances, or multiple locations, requiring larger units, 1 h.p. units are available upon custom order request.

Would I need a glycol chiller for beverages other than beer?

Perhaps and perhaps not. The rule of thumb is if the beverage is carbonated it can be dispensed cold and consumed at a warmer temperature. Many craft brewed beers natural flavors develop at that higher range 45 * F or more, yet still dispensed under 38* or lower. Glycol chillers are traditionally designed for beer. However we firmly believe they’ll work wonderfully for any carbonated beverage containing alcohol or not. Mead, cider, hard seltzers, kombucha and keifers are all growing in popularity and you may wish to use beer equipment to dispense them. Much will depend upon the producers recommended consumption and volumes of CO2 in solution. Beer is probably the most difficult beverage to properly dispense. For example sparkling wines and sparkling meads can be stored at slightly higher refrigeration temperatures, and moved through separate lines with less insulation at different pressure. Some experimentation may be required. Many red wines do not require refrigeration at all and should be pushed with a suitable inert gas, such as Argon or Nitrogen, outside of the beer conduit. Ciders should be kept refrigerated and dispensed at equal levels of pressure to maintain volumes of carbonation as the keg/vessel empties. Products with low levels of carbonation will dispense well, most probably even easier and allowed to warm in the glass. Products with very high levels of carbonation have a tendency to overly ‘spawl or spray’ out of the spout, when moving through a standard beer faucet, and a flow control faucet may be required for best results.

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Keep Beverage Lines Clean With Desana

What’s the payoff if dispensing equipment is kept in its cleanest possible condition? Customers obtain quality beverages, and the supplier saves money

Desana Max

Desana MaxTM is the smartest heavy duty alkaline beer line cleaner in the world. During the cleaning it changes color from its original purple to green or yellow if residual organics are still left in the line. If the color changed from its original, it’s a reliable sign that the lines were still dirty. As simple as that.

Line cleaning & hygiene check with TM DESANA MAX IC using the recirculation method (with electronic pump).

Desanacid ICTM is a powerful acid line cleaner and descaler designed to clean all kinds of water dispensing systems and ice machines. Breaks down oxalates during deep-cleaning procedures in beer dispensing systems. Learn more. . Desana Max has been successfully used and tested by satisfied customers and institutes for more than 10 years. Check out these videos to see how the process works.

Line cleaning & hygiene check with Desana Max using the static-soak method (with pressurized pot).

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Install Peace of Mind with GovReg™ Secondary Regulator System

Imagine a world without huge banks of secondary regulators mounted in a long line along a wall of your walk-in cooler, with gauges that can fail or get damaged and dials that at any time can be adjusted or re-set without your knowledge. The GovRegsystem is one that brings some peace of mind. Seamlessly insert your regulator right before your keg coupler, set at the perfect pressure that you want. Thread it on with a hex nut and let it do the rest! Here’s a look at some of the equipment to make it happen.

Secondary Regulator
Must run in-line behind a primary regulator. Never connect directly to a CO2 tank. Made of  durable stainless steel. Its patented technology accurately maintains desired pressure. Tamper-proof. Set it and forget it! Convenient design saves space. Attaches direct to 5/16″ gas line and standard threaded keg couplers without any adapter. No mounting on cooler wall, so no drilling necessary. Swift installation time saves effort and expense. High precision and lasting durability.


Starter Kit
Adjuster tool & 2 secondary regulators. Set your primary to higher pressure. Each secondary is preset to 12 p.s.i. Maximum inlet pressure 150 p.s.i.

Adjuster Tool
Adjuster tool with gauge comes with easy to read instructions. Have your primary set to higher pressure. Connect secondary regulator to open end and secure with standard hex nut. Adjust to desired pressure. 0-45 p.s.i.

Call the Draft Equipment Department at F.H. Steinbart Co. to discuss your application.

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Tri-Clover Fittings Are Easy to Clean and Install

Tri-clover (or tri-clamp) fittings are a 3-part clamp system. They are stainless steel sanitary fittings used in breweries, dairies, and certain other food processing industries. Their design makes them easy to clean and sanitize, are easy to use, form a great seal and seldom leak when properly installed.

Sizes include 1.5 in, 2 in, 3 in, 4 in and 6 in. for large scale operations. By connecting two equally sized hose ends with a gasket in between, and secured with a clamp, they can then be threaded tightly by hand to ensure no leaking.  Here’s a look at some typical applications:

 

Commercial Breweries & Wineries

Tri-clover fittings are perfect for moving high temperature liquids with little risk of contamination. They’re commonly used because of their versatility. The chore of connecting hoses to various vessels, fermentors, or other tanks makes connecting easier, and they can also be easily removed for rigorous cleaning, inspection and repair if needed.

 

For Homebrewing

They’re far less likely to leak & easy to clean, because they contain no “o”-rings, sharp edges, springs, internal cavities, or other nooks and crannies that can resist your cleaning efforts while trying to maintain sanitation. Other quick release fittings can harbor residual wort which may generate off flavors.

FH Steinbart Co. currently stocks EPDM gaskets, PTFE gaskets, silicone gaskets, clamps, caps, butterfly valves, beer thread connectors, ¼, 3/8, ½, ¾, & 1-inch hose barb connectors., 3/8 mnpt, 3/8 fnpt ½ mnpt, ½ fnpt, and larger for 1.5 in. size fittings.  Contact us to talk about your application.

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Tips for Dispensing Beer on Nitrogen

Stout faucet with Nitro beer and disc st patty day

Tips for Dispensing Beer on Nitrogen

]With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it’s not unusual for our Draft team to get more questions from home brewers and folks with home draft systems about dispensing beer on nitrogen. Without a doubt, certain beers lend themselves well to the nitro method of serving. Guinness on draft, with its iconic head, is but one fine example. More than likely you can create a similar experience at home but there are some caveats we feel obligated to share.

Stout faucet with Nitro beer and disc st patty dayFirst and foremost there is an added expense to dispensing on nitrogen. At a minimum you will need a bottle of blended gas – a mix of CO2 and nitrogen sometimes referred to as beer gas or Guinness gas. If that mixed gas comes in a CO2 cylinder, you may be able to use your existing CO2 regulator. If, however, the mixed gas is in a nitrogen cylinder, you will need a specific nitrogen regulator, as the fittings are different from CO2.

If your goal is to approximate the cascading bubbles and creamy head of a perfectly built Guinness, you will also require a stout faucet (also sometimes called a nitro faucet). The mechanics of the stout faucet are designed to break up the beer, thus agitating the nitrogen and CO2 in the beer – essential for creating those fine rolling bubbles and that thick frothy head.

Homebrewers wishing to put their own creations on nitro should be aware that it may take some bit of trial and error before you are able to dial in your desired blend of CO2 and nitrogen mix into the initial carbonation of your beer. Yes, even nitrogen beers have CO2 in them. Because nitrogen does not truly dissolve into liquid as CO2 does, beers like Guinness do indeed have some amount of CO2 in them to provide even subtle amounts of carbonation.

Perhaps the greatest downside to serving beer from a blended gas or nitro system is that the beer will likely give the impression of being flat after several weeks from tapping the keg. In a beer carbonated with 100% CO2 and dispensed from a properly balanced system each time a beer is drawn, the right amount of CO2 is put back into the headspace of the keg to keep the remaining beer properly carbonated. In a nitro system, nitrogen and CO2 are both being introduced into the headspace of a keg as each beer is drawn. But since nitrogen does not absorb into liquid there is nothing to completely hold the carbonation in that beer in the keg. In as little as 10 days you will likely notice even a subtle change in the profile of the beer ranging from the appearance of the head to mouthfeel to even flavor. It isn’t that the beer is going bad per se. It’s just losing its carbonation and therefore some of its character.

With the exception of the nitrogen cylinders and the gas itself, the Draft Department at FH Steinbart Co. has the equipment for your nitrogen dispensing needs. Stop by and see us, give us a call or drop us a note.  We’re here to help.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]