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Who’s Who & Who’s New!

We’ve been shaking things up a bit here at Murphy & Son; expanding our warehouse, investing in new production equipment and ensuring our entire site is food grade standard. It’s a time of continuous progression, as our old strapline goes ‘advancing through technical expertise’ and as our new strapline denotes, it’s all about ‘Quality, Consistency & Support’.

As part of this, changes are also afoot in our technical team, so we thought we should update you all and introduce our latest recruits!  The team are all available via
techsupport@murphyandson.co.uk

Iain Kenny started with us last June 2017, and dived head first into his new role providing technical support for those of you based in the Midlands and much of Wales (anywhere between the M4 and M62, give or take). Iain comes to Murphys with a BSc Hons in Brewing and Distilling gained at Heriot-Watt University, including a placement at Tennants. Between then and now, Iain was Head Brewer for Kelham Island and owned and managed his own brewing and consultancy business, working with numerous breweries across South Yorkshire and the Midlands. With experience pretty much tailored for the role, it’s no wonder Iain’s fitted into work at Murphys so well!

Working alongside Iain is Nick Brading, who’s been an integral member of the Murphys team for many years now. You may well know Nick from his work in the export market, although Nick will now be focusing much of his efforts on supporting breweries in the North of England and Scotland and making his international ventures more occasional. In case you didn’t know, Nick is a bit of a genius and speaker extraordinaire, so we’d thoroughly recommend catching him talk should you have the opportunity. Before Murphys, Nick worked for Shipstones, Ruddles and Carlsberg International, oh and he’s a Master Brewer.

Our latest recruit to the technical team is Mat Henney. Mat comes to us with a broad range of experience, gained through his work as Brewer at Randalls Brewery (Guernsey), Second Brewer at Dartmoor Brewery and most recently Head Brewer at New Lion Brewery. Mat will be taking over from Adam Johnson as Technical Sales Rep for the South of England and very South of Wales. He has a BSc Hons & Dipl Brew training from the IBD and is on the cusp of completing the Master Brewer qualification. We’re very pleased to welcome Mat to our team, and have no doubt he’ll be an invaluable addition and instrumental in ensuring we continue to advance with you, the brewers, in mind.

Where’s Adam Johnson off to you say? He’s not leaving us, just moving a little further afield and will be our man on the ground in Europe! Adam will now be based out of Germany, so if you’re based in mainland Europe or Ireland and need technical support, Adam is your man! Adam’s has a BSc Hons & Dipl Brew from Heriot-Watt, and before Murphys worked for Carlsberg-Tetley, Belhaven Brewery and as Technical Brewer at St Austell brewery. Adam will be working closely with our Export Manager, Tom Wiszniewski, another new recruit who joined the company last year from a similar position as part of the medical industry. Tom is now our chief traveller, pursuing leads across the globe and already leading us to success. It also seems pertinent to mention our ventures in the US market as Murphy & Son Inc, which is being led by the brilliant Jamie Carmichael. Jamie is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where he studied Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt and became a Watt Club Medal winner. Since then he’s worked in breweries far and wide, including Von Trapp (Vermont), Heather Ale (Scotland), Little Creatures (Australia) and Green Man (New Zealand), and has now settled in Massachusetts.

From globetrotting to a little closer to home, our onsite team are essential to our technical offering too. Hopefully you all know Frances Maud well, Fran is our Murphy HQ Technical Rep and always at the end of the phone ready to answer your questions (well during the working week that is). We’re also pleased to welcome two new managers to our onsite team. Richard Haywood joined us in July 2017 and is now our Head of Technical; we’re already seeing the benefits of his scrupulous and methodical approach! Before Murphys Richard worked for Bass/Molson Coors, starting his career there in the laboratories and then moving onto production management across the brewing process. In 2003 Richard qualified as a Master Brewer and then moved to the maltings plant as Quality Manager. Richard has been joined on the senior management team by our latest recruit, Brandon Critchell, who is our new Head of Sales. Previous to his role at Murphys Brandon was Area Manager for Marstons, so shares in our love of beer. Together with Chris Cleal, Head of Operations, Brandon and Richard will be streamlining our systems and improving customer service here at Murphys, under the leadership of our Managing Director Christine Fleming and Deputy Managing Director Charles Nicholds.

Phew! Think that just about covers it.

Murphy & Son are proud to be expanding our team so we can better support the beverage industry far and wide.

Happy New Beer!

We all go into the new year with ambitions and resolutions, invent a hangover-free ale being a fine example (we’ll leave you with that one). There really isn’t a better time to share some of our aspirations for the new year and celebrate the triumphs of 2017, so ‘happy new beer’ from us all here at Murphy & Son Ltd!

To kick things off we’ve an incredible company milestone from 2017; the launch of Murphy & Son Inc, which saw us solidify our position in the US market. This is only the start of our expansion into the US and global markets more broadly, something we look forward to reporting back on as our endeavours across the pond develop. For now, we are pleased to announce Murphy & Son Inc. is operational. ‘To infinity and beyond!’

Now for a little closer to home. Our site has seen considerable expansion and investment this year, through the installation of our new reception, chilled warehouse and can wash facility. The new can and IBC washers will allow us to clean 800 cans and 50 IBCs in a day! Something which we’re confident will help improve our returnable drum service and supports our food grade commitments.

Our new warehouse with state-of-the-art racking will allows us to double out storage capacity and provide more temperature controlled storage to improve product quality even further!

We’re proud to promote some changes already being set into motion in our Laboratory too. Lab analysis turnaround times have become an even more central focus for the team, as we know you brewers always want your results yesterday! Plus, in the new year we’re taking this one step further and launching a new range of due diligence packages, which will provide structured ongoing quality assurance.

We’d also like to congratulate two of our laboratory team on achieving their General Certificate in Brewing. Well done Adam Divall and Ruth Newby for expanding the expertise of the Murphy team even further!

With a real sense of growth and innovation gaining momentum in our company in 2017, we go into 2018 enthused and ready to continue providing and expanding upon our first-rate customer service. You, our customers, are the driving force behind all the changes we’re making structurally, so we can ensure better service and quality from our one-stop-shop.

‘Look to the future now, it’s only just begun!’

Finally, we’d also like to congratulate you all on another record breaking year and Christmas period. We’ve experienced first-hand your dedication, the incredible batch sizes and the growth of breweries from new kids on the block to established brands. It’s an incredible time to be part of the industry and we’re proud to be at the centre of it working to support each and every one of you, as we have been for 130 years.

In 2018 we’re committed to continuing to improve our service and range so that you can ensure excellence in your brew. Any feedback for us or new year’s resolutions you’d recommend, let us know via info@murphyandson.co.uk or call us for a chat on 0115 978 5494.

We leave you with a quote from British wordsmith himself William Shakespeare…

‘For a quart of Ale is a dish for a King.’

Cheers!

The Murphy & Son Team

 

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.