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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.

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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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Date posted 25th 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.

This week on the Hop Forward Podcast, Lincoln Green Brewing Co. owner and SIBA Chair of the Midlands Region Anthony Hughes talks about how partnering with an established pub company has helped build a sustainable business, which predominantly – but not exclusively – produces cask beers.

Anthony also talks about the role of SIBA in today’s landscape and shares his thoughts on how CAMRA members are possibly hindering cask beer more than they are helping it.

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 19th October 2019

NO ORDINARY MONDAY – THIS WEEK IT’S 25% OFF BRAUSOL P!

This Monday, 21 October, is NO ORDINARY MONDAY – the third in a series of special offers designed to put a smile on brewers’ faces at the start of the week.

On Monday only, there’s a whopping saving of 25% off the price of Brausol P – just £50 per 20 kilos.

Look out for other offers on popular products throughout October on NO ORDINARY MONDAY!

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Date posted 15th October 2019

ENZYBREW – THE ECO-FRIENDLY DETERGENT THAT BEATS BIOFILMS

Enzybrew 10 is the all-in-one, eco-friendly cleaning product from Realzyme, available now from NicheSolutions. 

It’s an enzyme-based powdered detergent rather than a traditional caustic-based cleaning solution – and it provides an effective weapon against biofilms and brewery contamination.

“Wild yeast has the ability to form biofilms, and breweries can suffer from recurring infection,” explains Phil Nutt, microbiologist at WHC Lab in Co. Wicklow. “Diastaticus is the most common brewery contamination.”

“But we’ve found that Enzybrew can clean away biofilms and contamination. We recommend that brewers use it every fifth clean, in place of caustic, as part of their cleaning regime. This way it ends up as a reasonable cost expense, and brewers who have used it have been very happy with it.

“We’ve seen a significant improvement in brewery microbiology thanks to Enzybrew.”

Enzybrew is proving popular with brewers because it’s an eco-friendly, all-in-one detergent, cutting your costs as it works on biofilms as well as all the organic residues encountered during the production of beer.

— ENZYBREW 10 is ideal for the deep, safe cleaning of filter plates, wort cooler and maturation, boiling and fermentation tanks.
— As a natural, non-caustic detergent, it’s safe to use alongside other cleaning products such as those which contain chlorine.
— And because it works at much lower temperatures, it’s more energy efficient.

Click here to watch a video on the uses and benefits of ENZYBREW 10 – the new, natural detergent from Realzyme.

Click here to buy ENZYBREW 10.

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Date posted 15th 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.

This week on the Hop Forward Podcast, beer sommelier Nigel Sadler is interviewed about the quality of cask beer in the United Kingdom, and takes a look at some simple things that many brewers can do to improve this time-honoured tradition.

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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