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Date posted 9th December 2019

YOU’LL NEED ONE OF THESE! NEW USB CASK INSPECTION TORCH

Here’s a handy accessory for any brewer, a new Niche product with a near-100 per cent hit-rate among professionals who have seen it in action!

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.

ADD A CASK INSPECTION TORCH TO YOUR NEXT ORDER – ONLY £10.00 (plus P&P)!

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Date posted 21st November 2019

NICHESOLUTIONS NOW SELL DEXTROSE – BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Through popular demand from many brewers, NicheSolutions have now added Dextrose to our product range.

Dextrose, along with other sugars, is consumed by yeast during fermentation and in turn yeast release alcohol, carbon dioxide, and flavour and aroma active compounds. Dextrose is the fermentation sugar first utilised by yeast at the outset of fermentation, so by the end of fermentation it is rarely present in beer above sensory threshold.

Dextrose Monohydrate – Dextrose Brewing Sugar suitable for all brewing requirements. For use in beers, lagers, wines, ciders and spirits, for both the primary fermentation and priming bottles/barrels. 25kg only £29.50.

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Date posted 19th November 2019

CHEMICALS SAFETY & TRAINING – NICHE’S DRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE & PEACE OF MIND

Here’s a great new idea that we’d like to see put in place in every one of our customer breweries.

A simple Product Use & Safety chart can help prevent accidents – and also save breweries money by ensuring correct dosages are used.

Used in combination with our safety wear, our colour-coded bunds and lock clips on containers of hazardous substances, they’ll help to reduce the guesswork and dangerous practices that can result in accidents, wasted time and hard cash disappearing down the drain.

As part of unified approach to brewery safety, why not also ask about the chemicals training on offer from Niche? In the last week, our roving micriobiologist Paul Browning has held training sessions for head brewer Lorenzo and seven staff at Redchurch Brewery, and also with head brewer Jamie and staff at Abbeydale Brewery.

Ask about a Product Use & Safety chart and chemicals training for your staff when you’re placing your next order!

Pic below: Paul Browning talking cleaning procedures with Jamie at Abbeydale Brewery

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Date posted 15th November 2019

A BUSY TIME AT BRAU – PICTURE SPECIAL

Sam and Joe have only just today arrived back after a busy, very productive trip to the BrauBeviale festival in Nuremberg, one of the brewing industry’s biggest and best trade exhibitions with no less than 152 exhibitors.

There they met up with NicheSolutions’ technical consultant, master brewer Volker (above), Sander of Dutch sister company Brewers’ Ocean, and of course too many friends and customers, both old and new, to mention them all.

A special big hello to everyone on the KeyKeg stand.

We look forward to meeting up with all of our new contacts in due course!

 

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Date posted 7th November 2019

LISTEN TO THE LATEST HOP FORWARD PODCAST – SHINY HOPPY PEOPLE!

Listen to the latest Hop Forward Podcast, an entertaining treasure trove of expert information, news, views and tips aimed at brewers…

Is there anything more alluring to a brewer than shiny stainless steel? We think not! But where should you start when looking to purchase equipment or upgrade your existing brewhouse?

Should you go steam powered, direct gas fired, or electric? Do you go RTJ, Tri-camp or DIN? And what are the essentials you need to include in your budget and the nice-to-haves you can live without for a while? While costing up brewery essentials may seem like a minefield – let alone installing it in that railway arch! – it need not be.

This week, we talk to commissioning brewers James Campbell (formerly Marble and Cloudwater) and Venkatesh Iyer (ex-Leeds Brewery) of SSV Limited all about brewery vessels and equipment for you and your brewhouse.

Click here to listen or download for later!

This edition of the podcast is sponsored by NicheSolutions – we hope you enjoy it!

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Date posted 4th November 2019

BREWERS – WIN TWO TICKETS TO BRAUBEVIALE! – NOV 12-14


BrauBeviale is one of the brewing industry’s biggest and best trade exhibitions, featuring no less than 152 exhibitors.

Held annually in Nuremberg, Germany, in the brewing heartland of Franconia, this year’s event promises a bonanza of new innovations, new contacts (and great beers!) for anyone professionally involved in brewing.

And there’s great news for NicheSolutions customers: we’ve got a pair of three-day passes to give away for free! 

Just get in touch if you’d like to take advantage of this unique offer and enter the draw for two free tickets (normally worth 50 euro, or 40 euro per day). All we ask in return is that you drop by and say hello to Sam, Joe and Sander on the NicheSolutions / Brewers’ Ocean stand. We’ll be shouting loud about the benefits of premium-quality, low-cost brewing essentials, innovative and eco-friendly products and unbeatable customer service and back-up expertise.

Do brewing barley, yeast, dosing, filling and cleaning systems make your heart beat faster? Then BrauBeviale is exactly the right place for you! Here you find all the innovations under one roof – from process chain of beverage production to production and marketing of drinks and beverage technology.

There are hundreds of reasons for any brewer to want to visit the exhibition – click here for more information on BrauBeviale 2019.

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Date posted 1st November 2019

SWITCH TO NICHE’S PREMIUM YEASTS – AND BREW PRIZE BEER!

Our congratulations go out to Cumbria’s excellent Dent Brewery, which has won the prestigious SIBA North West Bronze award for Best Bottled British Bitter up to 4.4% with their Aviator ale. The brewery’s best-selling ale, Aviator is an expertly balanced blend between crystal malt and Northdown hops, a classic real ale.

We heard the good news from Keith when he mailed in to reorder a consignment of our premium Trent Fermo Ale yeast.

“I just wanted to let you know,” Keith told us, “that after switching to the Trent Fermo Yeast our flagship bitter Aviator won bronze in the SIBA competition for best bottled bitter in the North West.

“There were over 93 different bottles entered from all over the North West, so winning an award at this level is no mean feat!”

Brewers all over the country are switching to our premium AY4, AY5, Trent Fermo Ale and Fermo Lager yeasts – ask for a free sample pack when you’re placing your next order!

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Date posted 31st October 2019

NICHESOLUTIONS NOW SUPPLY UNIKEGS

In a move that will satisfy demand from many brewers, NicheSolutions now supply UniKegs as well as KeyKegs.

Designed and produced by Lightweight Containers, UniKegs are distinct from their sister products in that they are slightly cheaper and so potentially more cost effective.

Unlike KeyKegs, they do not feature an internal bag, so CO2 gas comes into contact with the contents of the keg. This can make them a superior choice for carbonated drinks, such as cider. UniKegs come in two sizes, 20 and 30 litres.

The advantages of the UniKeg include:
– Lower cost
– Double wall: safe and solid
– Conventional fittings – come with a regular Sankey fitting
– Recyclable, using the same collection process as KeyKegs
– Lightweight and ergonomic
– Wide range of branding options, just the same as KeyKegs

Ask about UniKegs when you’re making your next order!

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Date posted 30th October 2019

LISTEN TO THE LATEST HOP FORWARD PODCAST!

Listen to the latest Hop Forward Podcast, an entertaining treasure trove of expert information, news, views and tips aimed at brewers…

In 21st Century life, we are becoming increasingly conscious about our plastic consumption and our carbon footprint upon the earth. Yet, for many of us, we don’t stop to think about another source equally as damaging to the planet: food waste.

Toast Ales are playing their part by creating beers brewed using surplus and wasted bread, partnering with other breweries to breakdown the loafs, mash in, and create some wonderful beers. This week, we talk to co-founder, Louisa Zaine all about sustainability and food waste in the food and beverage industry.

Click here to listen or download for later!

This edition of the podcast is sponsored by NicheSolutions – we hope you enjoy it!

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Date posted 29th October 2019

KEYKEG COLLECTION: THE REAL IMPACT OF OUR ECO DRIVE

NicheSolutions’ eco-friendly drive is proving to have a real impact as we continue to collect KeyKegs from around the country.

The weight of all the material we’ve collected for recycling now stands at over 2 tonnes, and we’re adding to the total by collecting from beer festivals and concerts.

As one of the main suppliers of KeyKegs in the UK, the 125,000+ plastic kegs we deliver every year now no longer go to landfill. Previously, breweries and bars have struggled to recycle KeyKegs because they are made from mixed elements. Even when collected for recycling, for this reason many KeyKegs have ended up being sent to landfill.

With a special new cutter, we’re separating the PET plastic outer shell of the KeyKegs from the HDPE base and rim, then the compactor reduces the shells to a flat form ready for recycling by Lightweight Containers.

The OneCircle initiative aims to create “a circular economy for complex compound thermoplastics including plastic kegs.” Working on a non-profit basis, NicheSolutions will be able to return materials from breweries to the manufacturer, and together we’ll be able to achieve 100 per cent “cradle to cradle” recycling.

Please call us to book in your KeyKeg collection. 

It is essential that all kegs booked in for collection and are completely empty. KeyKegs still containing any beer will not be collected. Kegs should be depressurised but not crushed.

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