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Consultancy Corner – Beer Dimensions

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewers Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford: Beer Dimensions

Beer Dimensions have been sharing beer and brewing expertise with new and old brewers alike, since 2005.

Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford, both qualified Master Brewers, have held senior positions in a number of breweries producing famous brands such as Boddingtons, Murphy’s Stout, Heineken, Stella Artois and Tooheys. Their experience covers all aspects of beer and brewing technology and know-how, supporting breweries in the UK and internationally.

Craft/Microbrewery Start-Up & Development
Paul and Derek have successfully supported a number of start-ups, both in the UK and Europe, from feasibility study all the way through to commissioning and ongoing support.

Process Design & Optimisation
This covers both new and existing plant, to improve beer quality, production efficiency, and capacity utilisation.

Troubleshooting
Years of experience, and the highest level of technical know-how, enable a service to be delivered for any quality issue, related to any aspect of the process.

Designing & Developing Recipes
Beer Dimensions has developed many award-winning brands from scratch, across a wide range of beer styles.

License & Franchise Brewing
Both partners have been closely involved as both licensors and licensees of big beer brands. Paul worked with Cobra Beer for a number of years, whilst Derek is currently supporting the international rollout of Toast Ale.

Beer Tasting & Flavour Profiling
As accredited tasters with a number of breweries, and experienced beer judges, both partners have a detailed understanding of beer flavour, and the process design and raw material selection needed to create something new or improve the drinker’s appreciation of your beer.

Promoting Beer & Beer and Food Matching
Derek qualified as a Beer Sommelier in 2013, teaches for the Beer Academy, and has run a number of successful beer and food events.

Aligning Brands with Consumer Needs
Paul and Derek have worked closely with Sales and Marketing teams to ensure brewers and marketers have a clear, unambiguous understanding of what the drinker is looking for and how this is to be delivered by the brewer.

Beer Writing
Paul has written a number of well-regarded articles for brewing industry journals covering key parts of the brewing process.

Locum Brewing & Training
For breweries which need more sustained technical support, brewery leadership, or brewer development, Derek is available for longer assignments, both at home in the UK and abroad.

Get In Touch

For some glowing testimonials, and more, come and check out www.beerdimensions.com or contact Derek at derek.orford@beerdimensions.com or on 07794 215404.

 

Photos: MUSA Brewery, Lisbon, one of the many start-ups supported by Paul & Derek

What is Adhol No. 10 and why use it?

An additive used for blending with Caustic Soda solutions supplying a source of active oxygen…

Adhol No. 10 is an additive used for blending with Caustic Soda solutions. It is specifically designed to boost the detergency of not readily saponified or hydrolysed soils by supplying a source of active oxygen.

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Adhol No. 10 is designed primarily for applications in Breweries, Beverage, Dairies and Food Processing plants; it is also suitable for use in other high care industries.

USE INSTRUCTIONS

In use concentrations of Adhol No. 10 are application dependent and should be established during trials. For occasional deep cleans, concentrations will typically be between one third to one half of the caustic v/v concentration. If Adhol No. 10 is used for routine cleaning lower concentrations should be used, typically between one tenth to one quarter of the caustic v/v concentration. Maximum concentrations will typically be
0.5% v/v. Cleaning temperatures should be optimised during trials, but for maximum benefit must be between 70 – 80°C. Temperatures should not be allowed to exceed 85 – 90°C, at this level the evolution of oxygen will be very rapid and the detergency benefit will be lost.

It is important to note that long term poor control of concentration through over dosing, poor control of temperature, or local hot spots could result in discolouration of Stainless Steel.

Adhol No. 10 is not designed for direct food contact.

The following are typical example applications, users should refer to Cleaning Instruction Cards for specific guidance. Other applications should be discussed with your Holchem Consultant. General Use. The addition of Adhol No. 10 to caustic causes the evolution of oxygen bubbles, these have a scouring and oxidising effect on soils.
Although Adhol No. 10 can be added at any point in a CIP or boil-out clean, it is better to run for approximately one third of the CIP cycle with caustic before adding Adhol No. 10.

A second additive can then be introduced two thirds of the way through the clean. Using this split dosing technique will reduce the potential for discolouration of Stainless Steel surfaces. Alternatively the dose should be delivered slowly over the entire cleaning cycle. Because Adhol No. 10 evolves oxygen bubbles it is essential to ensure that the circulation loop is vented, or, if fitted, pressure relief valves are operating.

In some applications excess foam may be generated, in these circumstances Adhol No. 10 can be used in conjunction with Defoam.

BENEFITS
· Adjustable rate of addition to meet requirements.
· Cost effective.
· Boosts performance of caustic solutions.

 

Addition of Copper Finings Murphy and Son Ltd

General Considerations

• Copper finings are derived from seaweeds and the active ingredients are carrageenans and furcellarans. They are available as dried seaweed, e.g. Irish Moss, or as extracts in the form of either pellets or powders.
• Copper finings can be added directly to the copper. Alternatively powders can be slurried with cold liquor prior to addition.
• The optimum rate of addition of finings should be determined annually when starting the new season’s malt or whenever there is a change in the type or supplier of malt.
• The rate of addition of finings will affect the clarity of both hot and cooled wort. Incorrect addition of copper finings (both over and under) can give poor fining action in the cooled wort and beer which fines with difficulty.

Range of Values

• Optimum rates of addition may vary from one malt variety to another, from season to season and from brewhouse to brewhouse. Murphys are happy to offer an annual optimisation service to our customers, either in our labs or on-site.
• Typical rates of addition are in the order of 1·0 – 5·0 gms per Hectolitre (10 ppm to 50 ppm, 1·63 – 8·15 gms per barrel).• Hot breaks should consist of large flocs in bright wort. Cold breaks should be a heavy fine sediment in bright wort.
• The haziness of worts from the heat exchanger should be within the range of 2 – 6 E.B.C. haze units. If worts are too bright fermentation problems are sometimes encountered because the release of carbon dioxide and consequent ‘stirring action’ that such a release promotes, are hindered.

Operational Protocols

• When casting to a hop-back, finings are added during the last 5 to 15 minutes of boiling. If the practice is to recycle worts at the hop-back finings can be added at this point. When using a Whirlpool, finings should be added at casting from the copper.
• Whatever method of addition is used the copper finings must be evenly dispersed.
• Rates of addition should be optimised according to results obtained.

Measurement Protocols

• The formation of hot breaks is assessed visually after sampling from the copper at casting.
• Cold breaks are assessed visually after sampling from the cold wort mains and allowing to stand for a minimum of 2 hours.
• Rate of addition of finings; a graph is drawn of casting, gravity against rate of addition of copper finings and breaks are indicated as excellent, good or poor. The rate of addition is altered when poor results are observed.

Kettle Finings at Murphy & Son

Murphy & Son’s 2017 On Site Training Day Dates 2017

Why not take part in one of our training days either at your own site or at our historic Prince of Wales Brewery Site in Nottingham?

You will be able to discuss the brewing process with one of our master brewers. Either learning for the first time or retraining in one or more of our specific categories.

All courses cost £85 + vat and include food and drink. Each delegate is given a USB containing the presentations to take home on the day.

All courses here at Nottingham start around 9.30am and finish around 4.30pm.

Available dates are shown below, please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If travelling is an issue, you can arrange a training day at your own brewery or at a local location. We can help you create a bespoke course for you. We will charge you our daily consultancy rate plus travel expenses and you can have as many delegates as you wish. We can even arrange for other brewers in your  area to attend, who will pay you for the course.

Please contact Frances Maud on Frances.maud@murphyandson.co.uk for more details or to make a booking.

LABORATORY DAY 2017

  • Thursday 27th April
  • Thursday 24th AugustCANCELLED!

Introducing you to basic science to produce beer with consistent quality. This course will cover the malting process, the mash, enzymes, pH buffering, the boil, protein coagulation, colour increase and flavour changes. You will be advised what equipment can be used to monitor pH’s, colour and bitterness and haze and there will be a demonstration on how to perform an optimisation and much more.

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QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL AWARENESS 2017

  • Thursday 25th May
  • Thursday 28th September

A training day that runs through the “world” of QA and QC. Aim is to arm the brewer ready for their initial foray with the subject. The course will cover: process monitoring and the process, microbiology, record keeping and quality systems i.e what does SALSA and HACCP want and what is it?

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(PAST) BEER CLARITY 2017

  • Thursday 16th February
  • Thursday 29th June

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This course will cover liquor composition and effect on stability, Brewhouse control, carrageenan, isinglass and auxiliary finings and cask preparation. The day ends with a very constructed troubleshooting session which leads to question and answers.

(PAST) YEAST MANAGEMENT 2017

  • Thursday 30th March
  • Thursday 13th July

This will cover the general overview of yeast, the fermentation process, handling live yeast, microbiology and cleaning and basic CIP.

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Please contact emily.kerrison@murphyandson.co.uk for more details or to make a booking.

Murphy and Son are proud suppliers of NCYC Wet Yeasts

The National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) is the UK’s premier collection of yeast cultures, holding over 4100 strains collected over 65 years.

From supply of yeast in bulk to safe and secure storage of your own strains, the NCYC offers wide ranging services to microbrewers.

Our confidential yeast bank will help you to protect your production yeast against mishaps. Once stored in liquid nitrogen we can guarantee supply of a pure and genetically stable sample whenever you need it.

We also offer purity checks and quality control analysis for your samples.

If you are looking for a special brew opportunity or a more diverse product range, take a look at our catalogue with yeasts from many different beers – styles old and new – from around the world.

The NCYC has a very extensive brewing collection at your service.

Benefits: Safe Deposit Service

  • Safe and Secure storage of your production yeast
  • Dedicated liquid nitrogen storage facility
  • Purity and QC analysis
  • DNA fingerprinting for detection of strain variation
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  • Insurance against production yeast variants or mutations
  • Over 30 years of expertise in cryopreservation

 

 

Benefits: Liquid Yeast Supply – Bulking up Service

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  • Concentrated Pure liquid yeast ready to pitch (6 x 108 cells/mL)
  • No propagation needed. Volume ready to Pitch
  • Quantity ready to pitch from 2 to 30 bbl
  • Yeast delivered to your Brewery door
  • Use your own production yeast or select a strain (ale or lager) from our catalogue
  • Fresh high quality and high viability yeast (>95%)
  • Better aroma and flavour profiles than dry yeast
  • Achieve faster starts with our high density fresh active yeast
  • Ensure consistent fermentation

 

If you are interested in this service please contact Frances Maud: frances.maud@murphyandson.co.uk who will send out an order form and price list.

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Over 30 years of expertise in cryopreservation.

 

Murphy and Son Ltd now supply Tate and Lyle products

We will now distribute Tate and Lyle products to the brewing industry.

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Tate and Lyle products from Murphy and Son

We have recently reached an agreement with ASR, more commonly known as Tate and Lyle, to become their distributor to the brewing industry. This arrangement opens up their full portfolio of products to ourselves and gives significant benefits to ourselves as well as strengthening a product line in which we have historically been able to offer relatively few materials. We will look to hold limited quantities of golden caster sugar, replacing the material we use at present. All other lines will be bought to order as customers require them.

Tate & Lyle® is the largest cane sugar brand in the United Kingdom and has been produced at the same refinery on the banks of the River Thames in London since 1878. Tate & Lyle Sugars are part of ASR Group – the largest vertically integrated cane sugar producer in the world. They focus principally on bringing specialty sugars and functional ingredients made from sugar cane to the EU marketplace.

Sugars in Brewing

Advantages

-High fermentability of sugars allows extended brew lengths for more efficient brewing

-Add colour and flavour

-Reduced Nitrogen content vs Malt or other adjuncts

-Add body to Low Alcohol Beers

Liquid Sugars

Comprising almost entirely of Sucrose and water our sugar syrups are an easy to use option for including sugar in your brews. From the pure sweetness of White Sugar Syrup to the darker more complex flavours of Amber and Black Sugar syrups.

Invert Syrups

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Invert sugars

‘Inverting’ the di-saccharide Sucrose into the mono-saccharides Fructose and Glucose creates ‘Invert Sugar.’ As well as being directly fermentable, Invert Sugar is sweeter than conventional Sugar (Sucrose) and allows for a higher solids level syrup with a longer stable life. Our extensive range of Invert Syrups including the world famous ‘Lyle’s Golden Syrup’ is a flavourful and efficient alternative to conventional sugar

Treacles/ Molasses

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Mollases from Murphy and Son

Treacles (also known as Molasses) have a long history of use in brewing. Milds, Porters and Stouts can all benefit from the colour and flavours of these dark cane syrups

 

Traditional Cane Sugars

As well as normal white granulated sugar we, as Sugarcane refiners, are able to offer the full range of brown sugars. Our range spans from the light, dry Golden Granulated sugar to the dark, sticky, liquorice tasting Muscovado, adding unique flavours to any beer.

Unrefined Demerara Sugar from our mill in Belize is particularly suited to giving caramel flavour notes to your product.

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Can sugars from Murphy and Son

Qwik Flo Sugars

Our newest range of sugars. Using an innovative process we are able to make very dry, quick dissolving granules from almost any syrup. Ideal for processes where traditional sugars take too long to dissolve or syrups are difficult to handle. These products are a perfect way of adding Honey or Molasses to your brew in an easy to handle format.

Please take a look at the Tate and Lyle Range for 2016

Tate and Lyle Sugar Range 2016

Please contact Frances.maud@murphyandson.co.uk  or the sales office if you are interested or would like more information about these products.

Applied Minerals Filter Aids the Celatom Range – Supplied by Murphy and Son Ltd

Murphy and Son Ltd are proud suppliers of Applied Minerals Filter Aids

Flexibulk the established and respected filtration business formed in 1978 has now grown to form the Applied Minerals team who provide 37 years’ experience within the minerals market. As specialists Applied Minerals provide experienced technical knowledge alongside the highest quality products aided by our key partner EP Minerals, who we have been working with for 32 years.

Celatom Diatomite Filter Powder

Celatom is selected by many of the world’s major brewing groups. Supply is based on optimising the quality of packaged beer and cost reduction:

  • Celatom grades are manufactured from freshwater diatoms. The low bulk density of the cylindrical Celatom 3 D particle offers economies V’s competitor’s grades, less silica and more voids give greater internal bed voidage for flow and solids entrapment.
  • Supply is secured by product quality, technical support and good working relationship with site brewers.
  • Celatom grades are produced to EP Minerals World Wide Brewing Specification, meaning standards are set for trace elements such as Iron, Arsenic, etc. Celatom DE grades are naturally very low in beer soluble Iron and Arsenic.
  • Optimisation of costs of running the filtration plant, targeting longer run lengths, optimum clarity plus micro stability of the filtered beer.
  • Continuity of supply – prompt delivery ex UK buffer stock.

UK Stocked Grades

  • Celatom® FP-1
  • Celatom® FP-2
  • Celatom® FP-3
  • Celatom® FW-6
  • Celatom® FW-14

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•Also known as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or Kieselguhr
•Skeletons of plankton (diatoms) deposited on lake and ocean bed millions of years ago
•Nearly pure silica – very inert
•Complex natural structures
–Highly porous (85% air)
–High surface area
•Around 5 – 15 microns in size
–Can be thermally fused into larger, more complex structures
•An economical source of inert surface area and controlled porosity for a myriad of applications.

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If you would like further information regarding our Filter Aid range please do not hesitate to contact Frances Maud 01159785494.

http://www.murphyandson.co.uk/contact-us/

For our up to date product brochure:

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Realco – Enzybrew 10 – No Hazard to the environment enzyme based detergent

We are now ready to launch a new product 

Enzybrew 10 an enzyme based cleaner. This product was on trial with our volunteers and we have received some really good feedback.

This product is an ideal alternative to a caustic based detergent and can be used as an all-in-one daily enzymatic cleaning product specially designed to clean the equipment used in microbreweries.

ENZYBREW 10 completely breaks down the organic soiling arising from traditional beer brewing, such as vegetable fibres, proteins, and starch (hops, yeast, malt flour, caramelised sugars, etc.). Ideal for cleaning fermenters, filters, heat exchangers and fermenting vessels, conditioning tanks, and boiling kettles, ENZYBREW 10 is an appropriate enzymatic cocktail providing safe and in-depth cleaning of equipment.

Sustainable Development – please click here for more information regarding enzyme based cleaning.

The price for this product is £6.26 per kg. The product comes in a 10 kg container. Recommended dosage rate: 0.5 to 2%.

If you are interested please contact our sales line 01159780111 or email sales@murphyandson.co.uk

If you require further information regarding this product please contact frances.maud@murphyandson.co.uk

Ascorbic Acid – effective anti-oxidant, increases shelf life and prevents paper off flavours

ASCORBIC ACID E300 – STABILISER is supplied as a fine white to off –white powder.

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Ascorbic Acid can help make a perfect pint

BENEFITS

  • Is an economically effective anti-oxidant
  • Reduces the susceptibility of beer to oxidation haze
  • Increases the shelf-life of pasteurised and non pasteurised beers
  • Prevents “papery” (oxidation) off flavours in the final product

Application:
Solutions of ASCORBIC ACID should always be freshly prepared and treated into the bulk of the beer without delay, if possible metering into the flow of beer to tank. Anti-oxidant treatment is more efficient when added before the beer has had contact with air, i.e. as soon as practica-ble after fermentation. Addition of the material prior to cold storage is common practice, in which case the anti-oxidant should be added when the tank is almost full to minimise contact with air.

Murphy’s sell this product in 25kg

YEAST VIT – PROVIDES, IMPROVES AND SUPPORTS YOUR BREWING YEAST

Some yeast strains require additional vitamins, amino acids, essential salts and trace elements to maintain good growth and health throughout fermentation.

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Healthy yeast, with the help from Murphy’s Yeast Vit

In order to supplement the nutrients provided naturally by the malt, a range of carefully formulated yeast foods have been created.

Yeast vit is a specially formulated powdered yeast nutrient and is used both where there are severe yeast nutritional deficiencies and as a yeast maintenance food. Yeast Vit is suitable for yeast propagation.

Benefits:

  • PROVIDES A CONSISTENT QUALITY
  • PROVIDES CONSISTENCY IN FERMENTATION
  • IMPROVES YEAST VITALITY
  • IMPROVES ATTENUATION
  • IMPROVES RATE OF FERMENTATION
  • IMPROVES YEAST CROP
  • INCREASES FREE AMINO NITROGEN
  • HELPS TO PREVENT DIACETYL
  • HELPS TO PREVENT BACTERIAL GROWTH
  • HELPS TO REDUCE OFF FLAVOURS
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Yeast Vit can be purchased in 5kg or 25kg

 

Yeast-Vit – click here for tech sheet

http://www.murphyandson.co.uk/murphyandson/yeastmanagement.html