Welcome to the first newsletter from Bryggeriudstyr ApS. On a regular basis, we’ll keep you informed about what is new in our world of production-equipment for micro-breweries.
The first few months have been hectic. There has been a lot of interest and we have provided many offers (more than 30 in the last quarter of 2016). And we have signed a good handful of deals. Much more than we could have expected.
We’ve had (good) experiences with the installation of a single control panel for cooling of yeast-tanks – a control panel that comes as a standard part of the deal for all our yeast-tanks. Along the way, we have translated a montage and instruction manual, which a partner has tested for us.
You can download the guide here.
You can read more about the simple panel for cooling-control here.
Already in July, before we formally established the company, we delivered a combined washer and back-pressure filler for kegs for Mylius Erichsens Brewery in Hvide Sande, Denmark. Our first customer was very impressed with the quality and finish of the plant.
New supplier of bottling equipment and other processing-facilities
Several people have asked about bottling equipment, label equipment, Pasteur and other processing-facilities. We have, in cooperation with the partner in China who manufactures our brewery equipment and yeast-tanks, examined several suppliers.
He has given a clear recommendation of a manufacturer in the Shanghai-region. At this point in time we are well advanced in the work to establish cooperation with this manufacturer. So far this means that we have examined the quality and pitfalls of two Swedish micro-breweries who have previously purchased bottling facilities from the manufacturer.
In collaboration with a Danish electronic-engineer, we have changed the configuration of the supplier’s installation in order to make the components easy to regain and maintain in Scandinavia. We also review the mechanical parts and make sure to either replace the special Chinese components beforehand – or to obtain a stock of spare parts for the customer to keep at home.
We do not plan to build a stock of spare parts ourselves. However, we have learned that small parts can reach from China to Denmark with air freight in three days.
Essentially, we are to ensure that future customers of process-facilities get the given facility installed properly and quickly – as well as get the proper introduction and training in the facilities. The supplier is happy to send Chinese fitters, but they typically do not speak English. According to the experiences of the Swedish microbreweries, the communication-problems have been almost prohibitive.
Instead, we have chosen to start a collaboration with Danish fitters for both the mechanical and electronic parts of the machines. The idea is to let Danish collaborators being the fitters and technicians gain know-how using close contact with the supplier in China. They have good people, who we communicate with daily. But these are salesmen not technicians. Instead, they have pledged to provide daily contact via chat and video conferencing with the factory technicians thereby ensuring that our Danish fitters get the help they need.
We look forward to test our concept in practice when we hopefully can ship the first bottling-plant home to a Danish customer soon.
The first brew is in place in the new tanks for Geddal Gårdbryggeri at Vinderup, Denmark. The tanks are custom built for the low ceiling in the farm-brewery.
Our supplier has just shipped a two-vessel 800-litre brewery to a Greenlandic microbrewery. The plant is tailored to very tight spaces with, among other things, a detachable platform.
Everything is produced to order – and thus tailored to your needs
Many of the customers we have been in contact with in the first few months are amazed that the price of new plants can compete with the price of used plants. The explanation is quite simply that the price of production in Asia is considerably lower than in the West – and the Chinese quality is surprisingly good.
What can cause problems in particular when buying equipment in China is the difference in culture and language – it should not be underestimated. We have done a lot of experience in importing brewery equipment from China and can help our customers to quickly and accurately produce the equipment that is needed. And ensure that it is delivered as well as in put into operation as expected.
We have experience in the system so that we can build bridges between Danish and Scandinavian requirements and expectations – and Asian culture and way of thinking.
We can also help you with an offer on just what you are missing for your microbrewery or home brewery.