It was a pleasure to head out on the road this week with Volker Moller, master brewer, who flew in from Germany to visit some of our customers and answer some questions about our popular range of Erbsloh products.
Here he is at the Redchurch Brewery in Harlow, explaining the importance of pH values in the brewing process.
The first picture shows Volker with Larenzo, one of the lead head brewers at Redchurch, checking the clarity of a brew using Brausol P Special.
And, most importantly of all, here’s the core range of excellent Redchurch beers.
The Brick Lane Lager passed the Volker Test with flying colours – and we’d also recommend a bottle of the New Zealand Pils in the Bethnal Green taproom the next time you’re in East London!
NicheSolutions are supporters of women’s and non-League football, and are proud sponsors of West Ham United Women.
Here’s your chance to win an official West Ham United shirt signed by all the stars of Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League first team!
All you have to do is follow @NicheSolutions1 on Twitter and retweet the competition post.
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A lucky winner will be chosen at random from all of the entries next week.
NicheSolutions are suppliers of brewing essentials in the UK and Europe – currently working with over half of the UK’s 2000 breweries – and are official suppliers of beer to West Ham United Women.
This week we’re pleased to welcome to the UK Volker Moller, master brewer and technical director of Erbsloh. We’re proud to have Volker accompany us on visits to new customers and those who have asked for guidance on using our products.
As a former master brewer at Bavaria Brewery, with a wealth of experience in quality control and the brewing process, Volker is our ultimate technical back-up.
We look forward to seeing you this week if you’re one of the brewers who asked for assistance with products such as:
• Brausol P Special – for clarification and a vegan-friendly brew,
• Our CraftZYM range of enzymes – invaluable if you’re brewing dry beers – or
• Fructozym – recommended for maximising flavour and minimising cost when you’re brewing fruit beers.
If you’d like any help or guidance on how to use any of products, please don’t hesitate to ask. At NicheSolutions, we’re here to help.
At the moment there’s a widespread trend toward producing drier beers, and many of our customers have been discussing and asking us about the use of enzymes to ease the process.
There are many ways to achieve that ultra-desirable extra dryness, including the use of adjuncts, pure sugars and longer mash schedules – but the popular method that’s really taking off at the moment is using enzymes.
Our CraftZYM range makes for a dry beer with the fullest malt and adjunct flavours possible, which can provide a more balanced profile. You can add our CraftZYM products in the brewhouse or in the cellar, and in different dosages to suit your particular taste. All of the products come with full guidelines for use.
The best way to use the CraftZYM range is give them a trial. We’re already getting lots of positive feedback from brewers who have trialled and are now using the product. If you’d like a free sample, just let us know when you’re making your next order.
Recent price rises across the industry have seen traditional strains and popular brands of ale yeast hit new highs anywhere between £40 and £60 per 500g.
So why not give our premium quality AY4 and AY5 Fermoyeast a try? They’re just £26 for 500g, and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
We asked a couple of our regular customers what they thought of AY4 and AY5.
Les at Liverpool’s Neptune Brewery gave AY4 and AY5 the thumbs-up for use in stouts and IPAs. “I did like-for-like trials with my existing yeast and found there was no difference, AY4 and AY5 ferments the same amount of time and has the same characteristics in taste and aromas.”
And Lee at Brew York Brewery already uses AY4 and AY5 on his full range of beers. “I’ve found no difference in the AY4 AY5 to the yeast that I was using before. They pitch at the same temperatures and the esters are the same.”
If you’d like to put it to the test, just ask for a free sample next time you’re putting in an order.
Good luck to West Ham United Women for tonight’s landmark first ever Super League match against Reading.
NicheSolutions are supporters of women’s and non-League football, and are sponsors of #WHUW.
Tonight we’re all hoping the team get off to a flying start after a promising pre-season and winning Cup performances against Lewes Women and the Millwall Lionesses. You can see the NicheSolutions logo in action above on the stars’ sleeves in the 4-0 victory over Millwall this weekend.
NicheSolutions are suppliers of brewing essentials in the UK and Europe, and are official suppliers of beer to West Ham United Women.
NicheSolutions are pleased to announce that we are now a distributor of HopBurst hop extract which includes varieties such as Mosaic, Citra and many more.
HopBurst is a completely natural product, a concentrated varietal hop oil extract. It adds aroma and flavour to the beer and can be added post fermentation.
Where dry hopping is used to add hop aroma to a beer, any brewer faces challenges such as losses through adsorption, inconsistent aroma and lengthy vessel occupation.
Developed as part of TotallyNaturalSolutions’ HopInspiration range, HopBurst is a great way to add dry hop aroma efficiently, whilst maintaining beer quality.
For more information call NicheSolutions on 01604 879831, or check out the TotallyNaturalSolutions website.
Exciting news of a new product launch from NicheSolutions.
Listening to brewers around the world who use our keg-filling stands, we took on board your suggestions about adding a washing unit for cleaning the valve within the keg after filling.
With this idea in mind, we set about redesigning to the existing frame to incorporate the new feature.
The keg is moved from the filling coupler after filling with beverage, then slid over to the wash station where a jet of water can be sprayed on the valve to clean excess beer ready for sterilisation and capping.
It’s simple but brilliantly effective – and our first order has been received from the Netherlands this week.
For further details contact Paul Burchell on 01604 879831
NicheSolutions are pleased to announce our new agreement with West Ham United Women to become the team’s sleeve sponsor. The three-year deal begins at an exciting time, ready for the landmark debut season of the Women’s Super League.
As a leading supplier of brewery essentials throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, NicheSolutions currently works with over half of the UK’s 2000 breweries.
The sponsorship deal will also see NicheSolutions and West Ham United Women work together to further promote attendance at women’s football matches and build links between the team and supporters.
Jack Sullivan, West Ham United Women’s managing director, said: “This is an important deal for West Ham United Women. It was important for us to work with people who were with us on our journey to the Women’s Super League last year, and in NicheSolutions’ managing director Paul Calcott we have exactly that.
“Paul is an avid supporter of West Ham and served as vice-president for our women’s team last season, and it’s fantastic to have him continue that relationship and NicheSolutions on board. We’re really excited for what is ahead of us and it’s wonderful to have Paul and NicheSolutions with us for that journey.”
Paul is delighted to link up with the women’s team and work closely with both Jack Sullivan, general manager Karen Ray, and the team. He said: “It is immensely exciting to have the NicheSolutions brand associated with West Ham United Women as the side prepares for their first season in the Women’s Super League.
“Our company has expanded both nationwide and into Europe, and we are confident our great connections will serve West Ham United Women well for our three-year partnership. For example, we are bringing NicheSolutions branded beers into the clubhouse for supporters to enjoy on matchdays.
“NicheSolutions has recently pushed into the Netherlands as well, and we are looking forward to working with Tessel Middag, Lucienne Reichardt and Esmee De Graaf (right in pic along with teammates Leanne Kiernan and Brooke Hendrix) in promoting both our brand and the West Ham Women in their homeland.”
Pics by Arfa. West Ham United Women’s Team Unveil New Sleeve Sponsor at Rush Green
Copyright Arfa Griffiths / Griffiths Photographers
NicheSolutions’ recycled cardboard can holders are 100% eco-friendly…
It’s such a simple, must-have development for the brewing industry, it seems incredible no one has had the idea before.
As part of their ongoing eco-drive, NicheSolutions are now producing the UK’s first completely eco-friendly 6- and 4-pack can holders, which fit both 500cl and 330cl cans. They’re made from 100% recycled material, and in turn the cardboard used is 100% biodegradable.
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 needlessly to the planet’s mounting plastic waste problem, and create a long-term threat to the environment, to birds and sealife?
Even beyond the problem of landfill sites and oceans filling up with plastic, the regular plastic 6-pack holders pose an extra hazard to birds and animals. That’s why many consumers now snip them with scissors before disposal.
They’re all problems that are easily and cheaply avoided thanks to NicheSolutions’ new Nc6 and Nc4 eco-friendly can holders.