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The Murphys at Murphy and Son Ltd

Albert John Murphy

Murphy and Son has been at the heart of the brewing community since 1887.

Albert John Murphy was born in the St James district of Bristol on the 20th of September 1857 to James Murphy and Mary Ann Jerfferies. The youngest of seven siblings, AJ learned the trade through his time as a brewing chemist for Sutton and Phillips in the 1880’s. Seven years later he used this knowledge to set up the fledgling company the Vanguard Chemical Works based in Leeds pioneering the liquor treatments for Burtonisation.

As well as researching ground-breaking techniques and products for the brewing industry AJ gardening developed formulations for his passion of gardening including the still available Murphy’s Tumbleweed. By this time he had married Emily Grace Newton, between them they had five children; Harold, Grace, Bertha, Phyllis and Alice.

AJ was among the first to realise the importance of formulating individual’s water treatment regimes to enhance the water supply for beer qualities because of this he founded the Bureau of Biotechnology specialising in teaching the fundamentals of brewing. The range of products offered expanded rapidly to include preservatives, fining agents, cleaning products and yeast foods.fv

A change of name happened in 1911 turning the Vanguard Chemical Works into Murphy and Lonsdale then finally in 1918 into Murphy and Son. AJ’s son, Harold Newton Murphy, eventually left the business to set up a car dealership while the Lonsdales moved to America to set up business links. After his passing on August 26th 1940 the business was put into a trust for AJ’s descendants. This is still the case today with 97% of the shares being owned by the trust.

 

Isinglass – Murphy and Son’s Kleer Finings product range

We have over 100 years’ experience in manufacturing isinglass

In 2002 our processing aids portfolio became complete with the acquisition of the Saville’s Clarification product range and the manufacture of isinglass finings. This is the era when we introduced the “KLEER” range.

For many years Savilles Ltd were the leading name in the supply of detergents and processing aids to the brewing industry. Within this acquisition we also acquired 100 years of their experience with well documented research and development which help us to understand the physical properties and factors affecting its performance and its role in clarifying cask beers, and as a pre-treatment for processed beer.

Meet Pete Ball our Isinglass production manager

Meet Pete Ball, our best asset from the acquisition he is our Isinglass Production Manager and has been manufacturing isinglass for over 30 years. He now commutes daily from Birmingham to our site in Nottingham. There is very little that Pete doesn’t know about the production of isinglass.

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Why use Murphy’s Isinglass finings?

Like all our products, our range of isinglass are formulated and manufactured here in Nottingham to perform to the highest standard, and will give you the consistent results you require every time you brew. They are also backed by the same commitment to technical support which you would expect from the Murphy & Son name.

If you purchase our clarification products you are entitled to free optimisations and full technical assistance.

All Murphy and Son isinglass products are manufactured under the ISO9001:2008 quality system. This system allows us to manufacture within strict parameters giving traceability and accountability from the raw materials to the finished product. With the modern drinks supply chain increasingly demanding quality and traceability only companies like Murphy and Son have the technical resources to fulfil those requirements.

To manufacture isinglass you must follow the approved manufacturing code of practice that has a very detailed washing procedure, to ensure the levels of potential allergens are reduced to the lowest levels. Our Isinglass is manufactured to this protocol. Anybody not following this protocol will need to label all small pack beer as containing fish products thereof, under allergen labelling regulations.

Our product range.

We offer three blends of Isinglass, Caskleer, Allkleer and Tankleer which are supplied as liquid, paste and powder. In addition we supply a unique product Kompactikleer which is a blend of Isinglass liquid with silica hydrogel to remove both protein and yeast from suspension whilst giving a compact trub.

The Caskleer products are formulated to give brilliant clarity in cask conditioned beer. The carefully selected swim bladders will produce large flocs that drop quickly and will enable beer to be resettled a number of times.

The Tankleer products are designed to give compact sediments and fairly bright but not brilliant beers. As such, they are suited to brewery conditioned beer processing where the clarity is sufficiently good to send the beer for filtration whilst tank bottom losses are minimised.

The Allkleer products are a combination of the above two formulations and are designed to give clear beer with good sediment in either cask or brewery conditioned beers

The Kompactikleer products are advanced formulations designed to provide the best in sediment stability. They are particularly useful where beers are difficult to clarify using standard grades of isinglass finings or where tank base angles cause sediment slippage during emptying.

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Look after your Murphy’s Isinglass finings and store correctly in the summer.

Please be aware of the ideal storage temperatures for your isinglass, this will help it retain its quality and effectiveness:

  • Store in cool conditions away from direct sunlight
  • Keep container sealed when not in use
  • Recommend storage temperature 5-15 °C
  • Minimum storage temperature is 1°C
  • Do not allow the product to freeze
  • The shelf life for ready for use isinglass has a recommended storage temperature is 8 weeks from the date of manufacture.