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Date posted 2nd April 2020

CORONAVIRUS: BREWERY & SANITISER SUPPLIES CONTINUE… AND DONATION SAFELY RECEIVED

An important update from NicheSolutions to all of our customers, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In these unprecedented times for businesses and individuals across the country, we would like to reassure our brewery customers and those in the janitorial/hygiene sector that our deliveries of staple supplies are continuing unabated by the present crisis.

We are currently working with a skeleton staff devoted to maintaining production and vital supplies to business partners.

In doing so, we are able to follow all the guidelines set out by the government, without any further risk to the health and safety of our colleagues, customers or the wider community.

If your brewery or other business has been forced to scale down or close production in the short term, we will be here with all your usual supplies as soon as restrictions are lifted. Our phones are manned, our warehouse and delivery staff ready for your orders. As usual, we’re here to help with any enquiry.

As proud sponsors of West Ham United Women, it was great to hear from the club that our supplies arrived safely in Barking. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to NicheSolutions for their generous donation of 120L of hand sanitiser to the West Ham United Foundation, for vulnerable members of the community. #StayHomeSaveLives

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Date posted 26th March 2020

70% ALCOHOL HAND SANITISER GEL

Whatever business you’re involved in, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that all staff are able to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene in the workplace.

NicheSolutions’ 70% alcohol hand sanitiser kills 99% of all bacteria, keeping you safe and secure against the unseen threat of germs and viruses which may be transmitted via objects and surfaces.

70% alcohol hand sanitiser gel – 500ml dispenser
70% alcohol hand sanitiser gel – 5 litre refill

Please click here to visit our dedicated web page for all sanitisers.

This product adheres to European standards applying to products that are used in the medical area in the fields of hygienic handrub, hygienic handwash, surgical handrub, surgical handwash, instrument
disinfection by immersion, and surface disinfection by wiping, spraying, flooding or other means.
This European Standard applies to areas and situations where disinfection or antisepsis is medically indicated. Such indications occur in patient care, for example:
– in hospitals, in community medical facilities and in dental institutions;
– in clinics of schools, of kindergartens and of nursing homes; and may occur in the workplace and in the home. It may also include services such as laundries and kitchens supplying products directly for the patients.

 

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Date posted 19th March 2020

ANTIBACTERIAL SURFACE SANITISER

NicheSolutions’ antibacterial sanitiser is available in 5-litre quantities, or in handy 750ml sprays.

Cleans and disinfects in one action. Effective against a wide range of bacteria, ideal for the cleaning of food preparation and processing areas and general hard surface cleaning.

Antibacterial surface cleaner 6x 750ml – minimum order 12 (2×6) bottles

Antibacterial surface cleaner 5L – minimum order 4x bottles

Please click here to visit our dedicated web page for all sanitisers.

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Date posted 19th March 2020

NON-ALCOHOL FOAMING HAND SANITISER & ANTIBACTERIAL HANDSOAP

With supplies of hand sanitiser and antibacterial soap running low nationwide, you can rely on NicheSolutions to keep up our usual availabIlity of these vital products – at the right price.

Non alcohol foaming hand sanitiser 600ml – minimum order 40 (2×20) bottles
Non alcohol foaming hand sanitiser 5L – minimum order 4x bottles
Antibacterial Hand Soap 5L – minimum order 4x bottles

Please click here to visit our dedicated web page for all sanitisers.

Both products adhere to European standards applying to products that are used in the medical area in the fields of hygienic handrub, hygienic handwash, surgical handrub, surgical handwash, instrument
disinfection by immersion, and surface disinfection by wiping, spraying, flooding or other means.
This European Standard applies to areas and situations where disinfection or antisepsis is medically indicated. Such indications occur in patient care, for example:
– in hospitals, in community medical facilities and in dental institutions;
– in clinics of schools, of kindergartens and of nursing homes; and may occur in the workplace and in the home. It may also include services such as laundries and kitchens supplying products directly for the patients.

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Date posted 9th March 2020

FOLLOW NICHESOLUTIONS & WIN BIG PRIZES – SEE YOU AT BEERX STAND 99!

If you’re going to BeerX, why not drop by the NicheSolutions stand and play Spin The Wheel to win big prizes?

You might win a handy USB cask inspection torch, or a sample pack of any one of our branded and trademarked premium yeasts…

In recent months our premium, low-cost yeasts have been proving popular among brewers nationwide as price rises have seen traditional strains and popular brands of ale yeast hit new highs. Our premium quality AY4, AY5, Lager and Trent Fermo Ale yeasts are available at a fraction of the cost – and you won’t be able to tell the difference.

– Fermoyeast AY4 – best for your English ales
– Fermoyeast AY5 – best for your American-style beers
– Trent Fermo Ale yeast – best for your ales, porters and stouts – just ask for your free sample 500g pack!
– Tried and tested to the highest standards, Fermo Lager Yeast is very similar to W34/70 yeast, and is suitable for all your lager and pilsner beers.

The USB cask inspection torch does exactly what it promises – potentially saving time and money, helping you to supply a perfect pint every time by ensuring your casks are perfectly clean inside. NO BEERSTONE, NO SCALE, NO TRACE OF FLIES, EGGS OR RESIDUE.

Featuring two directional torch beams, handy USB charging and a rubberised magnetic body, the cask inspection torch enables you to check the previously unseen inner walls of any cask.

Simply insert the torch through the cask’s keystone hole, and switch between beams, using the shive hole to examine inside the cask.

Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – just click below! – and look out for more offers and new products we’ll be showcasing at BeerX.

  

 

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Date posted 3rd March 2020

PODCAST: A MASTERCLASS IN BIOFILMS, BREWERY CLEANING & HYGIENE

This week’s must-hear podcast from Hop Forward features a masterclass in brewery cleaning and hygiene – from none other than NicheSolutions’ own consultant microbiologist, Paul Browning.

Here’s everything you need to know about the threat of biofilms, and how to win the battle against every brewer’s invisible enemies.

You spend vast amounts of time cleaning vessels, packaging lines, containers and just about anything that comes into contact with wort and beer. And all with very good reason. Lurking between those heat exchanger plates, elbows, valves, and just about anywhere that’s everywhere, is a world of microbiology – wild yeasts – all hungry for a sugary feast to multiply and rock their world.

But it doesn’t stop there. Within your brewhouse are biofilms: a thin but robust layer of mucilage clinging to a solid surface containing a community of beer spoilage microorganisms… the unseen enemy.

Click here to listen to the podcast, or to download for later. 

Here at NicheSolutions, we can advise you on the use of all our cleaning products, can organise site visits and staff training days. Ask about Enzybrew 10, an effective way to combat biofilms, used occasionally as part of your regular cleaning regime.

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Date posted 28th February 2020

STERAKLENZE – NON-CORROSIVE DETERGENT, PERFECT FOR CANNING MACHINES

SteraKlenze is now available from NicheSolutions. It’s a non-corrosive detergent which is proving very popular with customers who use canning machines, where aluminium and other soft metal parts don’t allow the use of regular caustic and acid detergents/disinfectants.

We’ve sold a lot of the product to companies that offer a portable canning service, and there’s big demand from Europe where canning machines are more popular among mid-size breweries. We recently shipped 1,000Kg to Portugal alone!

SteraKlenze powder is a buffered alkaline detergent that is safe on skin and soft metals. It uses active oxygen to penetrate carbon or protein soils and is not affected by hard water. Formulated as a C.I.P. cleaner, it’s very effective in removing protein soils found on brew kettles, fermenters, conditioning tanks, filters and all packaging areas – and is also an excellent soak detergent as it doesn’t require excessive heat.

If you need a perfect, hygienic clean with no fear of your detergent attacking the soft metals in your equipment, you’ll welcome the unique benefits of SteraKlenze…

Benefits

– Replaces caustic detergents
– Effective at cold temperatures
– Easily rinses
– Safe on polycarbonate
– Non-hazardous and non-corrosive
– Suitable for hard water areas
– Removes protein soil and staining, baked on carbon and fatty acids

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Date posted 28th February 2020

CHLORINE TABLETS: WHY, WHEN AND HOW TO USE THEM…

Chlorine tablets are now available from NicheSolutions. They’re an accurate way to produce a chlorine solution to a guaranteed minimum available level – every time.

A 3.5gm tablet dissolves rapidly in potable tap water to release 1,500ppm available chlorine per litre. Chlorine tablets are used extensively where broad spectrum biocidal activity is required cheaply and efficiently in the shortest time and with the minimum of operator training.

Guidelines for brewery soak baths

– Thoroughly clean items to be disinfected such as hoses, pipes, valves etc. and rinse in clean water.
– Drop the required number of tablets into warm water (40°C) in the soak bath to provide 75ppm – 150ppm available chlorine. e.g. 5-10 tablets in 100 litres water.
– Immerse all items completely in the chlorinated solution making sure they are completely covered.
– Leave immersed for a minimum of 15 minutes (Providing the items are thoroughly clean this is sufficient contact time for positive disinfection).
– Rinse off with fresh clean water and allow to air dry or use clean disposable towel.

NicheSolutions recommend that you check the available chlorine level from time to time using a simple, easy-to-use dropper test kit.

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Date posted 18th February 2020

ANOTHER KEYKEG FILLER INSTALLATION – AT SUFFOLK’S STAR WING BREWERY

Here’s yet another NicheSolutions patented Keykeg filling frame being installed – this latest at Star Wing Brewery in Suffolk.

Brewery owners Adam and David were pleased as punch with our Paul’s demonstration. No more balancing kegs on tables and chairs, risking wasteful spillage, Health & Safety issues and inefficient filling!

We’ve now sold over 900 keg filler units in the UK and the Netherlands, and are now looking forward to fulfilling the potential for the clean, safe and efficient keg filler to sell to brewers right across the globe.

If you’re still struggling to fill kegs without the proper tool for the job, why not ask for a demonstration? Once you’ve seen the keg-filler in action, there’s no looking back! 

Featuring interchangeable keg fittings and an optional pump, single- or double-header keg-fillers make it easy for brewers to fill kegs. Why not email ordersniche@aol.com for a quote?

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Date posted 18th February 2020

CANNING PLASTIC ON MULTIPACKS – WHAT IF EVERYONE FOLLOWED TESCO’S LEAD?

There was great news last week on the food & beverage industry’s ongoing fight for environmental sustainability, as Tesco announced its stores are to ditch 67 million pieces of plastic from multipack cans, eliminating 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment. 

While neither NicheSolutions nor any of our brewery customers are quite on the scale of the supermarket giant, we’re still determined to promote new ways to do business by investing in innovative, energy-efficient projects with low impact on the environment.

It’s great to report that so many breweries have chosen to ditch plastic can holders and adopt our eco-friendly Nc6 can holders – just one new, cost-effective way to make a difference. Tyne Bank Brewery recently joined the groundbreaking Hammerton BreweryDeviant & DandyPurity Brewing and Brixton Brewery in taking up the recycled, fully biodegradable can holders – with yet more breweries set to join the movement this year.

– Nc6 can holders are UK’s first 100% eco-friendly six-pack holders are made from 100% recycled wood pulp, which in turn is 100% biodegradable
– They have earned the prestigious DIN CERTO certificate of compostability
– Even beyond the problem of landfill sites and oceans filling up with plastic, the old-fashioned plastic 6-pack holders pose an extra hazard to birds and animals. That’s why many consumers now snip them with scissors before disposal

Whether you’re a brewer producing cans of beer or a consumer drinking them, it surely makes sense to stop using plastic can holders. Why add to the planet’s mounting plastic waste problem?

NicheSolutions’ Nc6 six-pack can holders fit 330cl, 440cl and 500cl cans, and are priced at 23p each. Ask about the can holders when you’re placing your next order!

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