Brewiks Microbrewery Start Ups

We have been having a flurry of new Brewiks systems being ordered and installed in the last few weeks.

Last week we delivered a new Brewiks 200 to Halewoods in Liverpool, this week we had a Brewiks 300 dispatched and on it’s way to Holywood in County Down for a new start up called Modest Brewery and we have just installed a new Brewiks 200 system in Derry County Londonderry for a new brewery called Rough Brothers.

Geterbrewed are passionate about building long-term relationships with their customers. We own our own brewery so we fully understand what it takes to set up and run a commercial brewery.

Equally we also understand the scale of the investment and we really do appreciate it when brewers choose to work with us and the Brewiks team.

What I love about Brewiks is that it is a true “plug & brew” system and it can be pushed to produce some serious volumes of beer.

The build quality is first class, hand built in Slovenia with an experienced team.

When you start a craft brewery you need to be able to consistently produce a quality beer, you have to be able to rely on your equipment to produce the best  beer you  can make.

Brewiks microbrewery set ups are the perfect option for small scale start up breweries and brewpubs. We can then build adapt and grow with you as you use your revenue to expand.

Geterbrewed have designed add ons for budget friendly packaging of kegs and bottles under pressure. We have learnt how to make these systems work efficiently and effectively to allow our brewers to be profitable and grow

If you are a Brewiks customer, we talk about you becoming part of the Brewiks family,  that’s a great asset to have, need a spare part quickly to continue production, we have it. Need technical support we provide it free of charge, need access to the most after hops in the brewing industry we have them. We give all our Brewiks customers the highest discounts on ingredients as we want you to succeed. We will spend time training you on how to use your system so you can brew with confidence.

The Brewiks team are genuinely passionate about the brewing industry,  now with hundreds of units throughout the globe Brewiks are recognised as a world leader in this size of system

If your interested in starting a small microbrewery or brewpub then come and spend sometime brewing on one of our machines, you will see first hand why Brewiks are the best option .

 

 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Geterbrewed have built a solid relationship with the Brewiks Team and we are very proud to distribute the range of Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment throughout Ireland and the UK

Brewiks Mix Mashing Vessel

We genuinely regard our Brewiks customers as being part of the Brewiks Family, I don’t say that as a sales pitch, we are in the business of building relationships with the brewers that trust us with their money for a Brewiks Microbrewery, our friends that run the Brewiks factory are creating a global brand recognised as leading the way with innovative technology and strong and robust equipment, they want you to be treated like family.

It’s in our interest to make sure that your dream of owning your own brewery becomes a reality and that it is also a success. We have the in house experience and talent to help at every step of the way, we have our own brewery so we know what it takes to make a brewery a success, we also only use Brewiks equipment in our own brewery and we have been pushing that equipment hard for years now.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Running your own brewery isn’t easy but it can be very rewarding. Geterbrewed feel we now have the abaility to offer complete packages, these packages look at all aspects of the brewery, from recipe development and water profiles right through to being able to offer bottling and kegging solutions. We also offer special pricing structures on your ingredients, that means access to the best pricing on malt, hops and yeast.

So why Brewiks?

To me that is simple, its impressive brewing equipment and that is backed up with the volume of packaged product being higher than competitive brands, why is this so important, in my opinion this is the key to success as you need volume packaged product to ensure your revenue and margins are high enough to allow you to grow your business. So if you wrote a business plan on having 500 litres of packed beer per batch at a high abv then we deliver that!

The Brewiks equipment is plug and brew, very minimal set up costs in terms of preparing the location for the equipment

The ability to produce high abv beers, the Brewiks systems have been specifically designed to allow you to brew high volume beers

Easy to Clean – this saves on time and labour costs

Speed of use, ability to double brew and save energy costs by recouping the warm water from cooling the first batch to allow you to mash in the second batch. Its possible to double brew in 10 hours

Reliable Equipment – we have been double brewing on the Brewiks 500 system for years now and the only issue we have encountered is that we need to change the pump seal kit.

Brewiks Add Ons – We can now provide cooling systems at discounted rates to regulate the fermenters temperature, we have designed small 5 head bottle fillers that can attach direct to the Brewiks fermenters, we have designed in house kegging and pumping kit to attach straight to the Brewiks FV’s so you can fill kegs under pressure

Brewiks Pressurised Fermenters

Geterbrewed make the set up process easy, we help with site visits prior to ordering equipment and ensure we are on hand to commission the equipment and provide on site training to get you started. We are available for ongoing help and support and we have a team of talented staff, from technical brewing help to industry experience on distribution channels and route to market.

Talk to us if your interested in starting a microbrewery or brewpub we have lots of solutions

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Brewiks 1000 Review

So I landed in a snow dusted airport in Slovenia to a cool minus 13, I’m brewing on the new Brewiks 1000 in Maiester Brewery and I’m getting a lift from the airport by Damir the owner of the Brewiks brand.

I have got to know Damir and his family well since we meet them a few years ago, I love that the extended family all work together in harmony. They have a wealth of experience amongst them and we have built a strong and solid relationship, I know the Brewiks brand is world class as we have a Brewiks 200 and 500 litre system in our showroom but I was eager to test the Brewiks 1000

The short journey to the brewery allows Damir and I to have a good chat about his exciting new plans, I’m greeted at the brewery with the dull sound of the sub woofer belting out tunes , the aroma of freshly milled malt and a few friendly smiles from the brewers. The new Brewiks 1000 is an impreasive sight i thought ‘What a day to be alive’….read on as we brewed a double batch

We mashed in via an auger which came through the wall from the malt room, it was good to see a hose lock water connection port to moisten the grain as it enters the mash tun and to ensure the auger remains hygienic

So after we mashed in it gave me the opportunity to discuss with the brewers what it was like to upscale from the Brewiks 500 litre system to the new Brewiks 1000, right off the mark he said it’s easier and the best bit is the mashing and lautering works better. He talked about a better clarity of wort, I explained that we had added an underback to the Brewiks 500 system that we had and it made the clarity much better. The head brewer explained generally all the brewers felt it made alot of improvements and was easier to use, the only negative they said was the hop revolver it allowed direct steam to release when opened but they had already found a work around and added via the glass lid.

I noted the guys had added a hop filter between the pump and the heat exchanger and they said it was an added extra that the Brewiks team made to prevent the heat exchanger getting blocked with hop debris . They also explained that initially the heat exchanger was a little too effective and they had to slow the pump speed but now they have found a workaround, they changed the cold water flow hose diameter to 25mm from the hose lock tubing and add a ball lock valve to allow them to control the flow, so the pump speed is set to 80% and the flow restricted using the ball valve and it chills a 1400 litre batch with ease.

The turnaround time from the first batch to the second batch was 30 minutes and the hot water generated from cooling the first batch was used to mash in with the second batch, an impressive 5 hour brew time for the first batch also, so I started to try and find problems as so far it seemed to good to be true, so wanting to give an impartial review I found an issue , it needs a light in the inside of the boil tank and lauter tun. I was slumming it with a torch and although I’m scraping the barrel to find an issue it was one.

The touchscreen brewing technology with live time diagnostics including all temperatures and live power usage rates may seem intimidated but it was very simple to operate , i have to admit it did seem too simple to me and I kept thinking I had missed something but it genuinely makes it simple to operate.

The pump speed can be changed at the touch of the button as with the smaller models and the stepped platforms make over seeing the brew insanely simple.

As the first brew of the day completed I enjoyed some pizza delivered to the brewery and a pint of IPA straight from the fermenter, Slovenian hospitality is always awesome .

During the second mash in for the 2nd brew of the day I noticed the mash temperature drop as the malt was augered in , I got the boiling button and the temperatire shot back up rapidly, I flicked it to reservoir heating one degree out and it stopped bang on target mash temperature. A simple moving of hoses and I’m connected up for transfer to the lauter tun.

The brewiks boost heating system is a beast of a machine it heats 1 degree in one minute. So when we transferred to the lauter tun, lautering took half an hour, yep I couldn’t believe it either, so visually it has been manufactured robustly to allow for vacumm layering but that was designed for an hour and half of lautering yet it didn’t need it.

The system brought the wort to a vigorous rolling boil and the steam was maintained with the condenser and adding the hops was simple, we whirlpooled and the brewers explained that after whirlpool they let it settle for 10 minutes before they commence the transfer from the kettle to the heat exchanger, the key here is to avoid excess bitterness in your brew is to simply have all your pipes connected prior to commencing the transfer.

Effiency was 95% and when I challenged that with the brewing team they said a bad efficiency rating would be 90%. This system is built to last it oozes simplicity and works effectively and efficiently I was impressed!!

So if a light gets added to the next model and wheels to the steps for ease of cleaning this has to be the best system on the market for anyone considering a 10hl or 20 hl brewhouse.

Starting a Microbrewery in Ireland

Starting a Microbrewery in Ireland

Geterbrewed have successfully established themselves as a one stop Microbrewery shop, from the installation of the equipment to the ongoing access of the finest ingredients, including malt, hops, yeast, finings and clarification products. We have installed both Speidel Braumeister Microbreweries and Brewiks Microbreweries in Ireland.

We proudly distribute for Brewiks & Speidel and as we have our own Microbrewery and first hand experience of what it takes to start a brewery in Ireland, we have a wealth of knowledge that means we can advise you correctly on the set up costs and how to make your brewery a success. We have qualified brewers that have degrees in brewing and distilling and consultants that we can use to provide help with everything that is required.

Geterbrewed can save you a lot of time as we have researched the brewing industry in Ireland and can effectively advise on what the best option is for you, we assist with site visits and the installation process, we have plug and brew options that make the start-up very easy. With the talented team we have working with us full time we can provide a first class service, the follow up service we offer is what makes us successful, speak to the brewers we have helped previously, we go above and beyond for our microbrewery customers

Points to Consider before you start a brewery?
  • Size of brewery
  • Licensing laws & what applications are required
  • Locating Premises & ensuring it is suitable for planning permission and Health & Safety
  • Planning the site – Size, Power, Drainage
  • Recipe development & Ingredients
  • Water treatment – this is critically important in making the best beers
  • Packaging – bottling & kegging
  • Regulating fermentation temperatures
  • Distribution & route to market
  • Training for the brewers, staff required
  • Financing the brewery, is it via Loans, Grants or Investors

Geterbrewed will guide and support you through the whole process if you are working with us for you Microbrewery project

What size of brewery are you considering? We highlight 4 options
1. Brewpub – 200 Litre system brewing beer for sale on the premises
2. Microbrewery – 500 Litre System for distributing beer via trade to both on and off sale in your locality
3. Microbrewery – A 10HL or 20 HL system for professional medium scale distribution, for distributing throughout the country and looking at export opportunities for future growth
4. Contract Brewing – Have another brewery make your beer, this can be an initial option with the aim of leading to owning your own brewery

The dream of running your own brewery has to be backed up with a business plan that sets out your aims from the start, so we suggest you choose your model and plan to make that a success, you can of course use your revenue to grow the business and brewery as funds become available. Output can be greatly increased with the addition of extra fermentation space in the interim as you plan to invest in the next step up. We can work within your budgets and have contacts for sourcing second hand brewing equipment to compliment your package

Option 1 – A brewpub or restaurant producing their own beer.

There is a lot of benefits to this system, you can have the flexibility to brew lots of different styles of beers in small quantities and excite the beer drinkers with new recipes regularly. New recipes on this scale can be very affordable. Geterbrewed can help with recipe development and have a bank of award winning recipes that they can adapt and share to suit your needs. The brewpub option works well as the profit margins are high, the beer is brewed on site and sold usually via draft taps that means packaging and transport costs are at a minimum. We can assist with a kegging option that allows you to brew and ferment the beer on site and then carbonate and keg in small batches.

200 Litre Brew systems mean that the fermenters are small and will need temperature regulation for the fermenters, meaning that it is most likely going to need a system to maintain the heat at a steady fermentation temperature. Geterbrewed have innovative ways of maintaining this heat and can set this up at minimal costs.

Anyone can learn how to use a system of this size and Geterbrewed provide full training on the equipment purchased from them and will attend on the first brewday to ensure you are confident in the use of the system.

Licensing for starting a small brewpub is fairly straight forward, there is some bureaucracy with the paperwork that needs completed but we have experience with how to complete this in a hassle free manner.

Packaging options for very small scale bottling options have been made by our in house engineer, we can now make affordable 5 head fillers that allow you to bottle beer for small scale packaging.

Geterbrewed recommend cold conditioning combined with a fining regime to ensure you are producing consistently impressive beers with a brewery of this size, we can provide help with the cooling system at a low cost and have fining and clarification products in stock

Brewpub Location & Foot fall is critical to success and well best succeed with ease in an already established bar

Option 2 – 500 Litre Microbrewery system

Again perfect for a brewpub or restaurant producing their own beer but the size also allows you to look at selling the beer to trade and even export if pushing the output hard with shift working brewers.

This size of system can be worked very efficiently to produce large volumes of beer, we have used a 500 litre stystem in the past ourselves and worked a double brewday to produce in excess of 1000 litres of beer per day, we actually used the Brewiks 500 litre system to produce 1300 litres per day five days per week, which meant we could comfortably produce 6500 litres of beer per week totaling a huge 338000 litres per year. This is fairly labour intensive to work the system this hard but it is acheiveable.

This size of system lends itself very well to running a range of special beers for periodical release to excite and deliver a new beer to your on and off trade customers

Fermentation tanks are the key point to hard much you can push this system, you can order larger fermenters that will allow you to double brew into them increasing output.

With the experience of using this size of system effectively ourselves we have been able to grow output which has allowed us to use the revenue to help pay for the next size of system.

Geterbrewed recommend you buy pressurized fermenters with this size of system, you can then produce carbonated beer on site which can have a bottling and kegging option added, we have designed a range of addition bottle filling and keg filling attachments that can add value to the pressurized tanks

Option 3 – a 10HL or 20HL Brewhouse for professional medium scale distribution

These size of breweries make it possible to produce some serious volumes of beer.

Geterbrewed just recently ordered a show model 10HL system for their showroom in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

A larger system can mean less staff and of course less wages meaning you can produce more beer in a single brewday and use your own personal time more effectively to grow sales, complete paperwork /invoices etc

Economies come with scale in terms of production costs but be aware that a large scale brewery will require you to have to have a route to market for a large amount of beer. In Ireland there is problems with tap ties and getting draft launched successfully is extremely difficult due to publicans & restaurants taking payments in exchange for exclusive draft agreements. That means you will need to carefully consider your route to market, export will most likely be required to achieve the volumes you need to make it profitable

Geterbrewed have 10HL & 20HL options from Brewiks, the Brewiks company has been making brewing equipment for 27 years, the new generation have been very clever and have designed a highlt effectient brewhouse with innovative technology and industry leading diagnostics. We recommend you join us for a brewday and you will get a feel for the quality of the equipment. We recommend you get the right equipment first time, there is steel fabricators out there that will make a system that is dangerous or problematic due to design flaws as they have tried to copy other breweries without having any formal brewing knowledge. We work with Brewiks as they have the knowledge and experience and lead the way with this size of system.

A Brewiks Microbrewery will draw customers to your location as it is visually pleasing & a beautifully simple machine to operate. Brewiks has upgradeability so in effect you have left open the ability to expand right from the very start.

Option 4 – Contract brewing In Ireland

Lots of breweries offer this service, we have the luxury of multiple size brewing systems at our showroom and brewery and we have contract brewed for Hotels, Restaurants and start up Microbreweries, we even brew one of specials for a range of bars. This leaves you time to focus on sales & marketing of your brand, the key selling point of this way of starting a brewery is that you don’t have to worry about the production or consistency of the quality of the beer. Obviously the brewery making the beer makes a margin but for the unexperienced brewer it may be a good place to start, make sure you highlight from the start it’s a contract brand and show the production trial, craft beer drinkers don’t like to be fooled with false marketing.

At the time of writing this (October 2017), Ireland has 90 breweries in total, 62 Breweries operating and producing beer and 28 contract brands. Northern Ireland has 32 Breweries, 6 of which are contract brand. Only two thirds of these breweries export in small volumes with 3 major breweries making up the majority of export at a rate of about four fifths.

So if we compare this to countries who are further developed craft beer countries it is clear there is still space for many more additional breweries. With the current output share of 3.4% of beer consumption being craft beer, the major challenge appears to me to be production capacity to allow this to increase in Ireland.

The size of startup Microbreweries in Ireland in recent years has consistently been on the increase, further strong growth is expected and predictions of many new microbreweries are still to come. To match share of beer consumption of the likes of America which currently sits at five times that of Ireland you can have confidence that now is a good time to invest and start a microbrewery.

With the recent developments in the Summer of 2017 in licensing and the ability for Irish breweries to now sell their own beer from the brewery it is predicted that this will grow sales further, unfortunately Northern Ireland may take a little longer as they have no sitting government in Stormont.

To conclude it’s an excellent time to start a Microbrewery in Ireland in my opinion but I do personally feel it’s either a brewpub or large scale brewery that are required, my experience is that these are the most profitable and successful. We love to share our knowledge about starting a microbrewery as we are passionate about making a difference in this industry so feel free to contact us for a chat and some help and support, we’d love to work with you on a Microbrewery Project in Ireland.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment
  • Knowledge & Expertise – the company have been making brewing equipment for the last 27 years
  • Extreme Brewing – ability to brew high gravity beers, cereal mashing, Decoction and basically can make any kind of beer you can think of
  • Plug & Brew – the smaller 200, 200 & 500 litre system are simply plug and brew
  • Designed by brewers
  • Minimal Space required plus the smaller systems come on wheels
  • Touchscreen Controls
  • Highly Efficient & Highly Satisfied Customer Database
  • Patented Mixing System which can also adapt to become a keg cleaner
  • Impressive Heating System plus Heat Recuperation – perfect for double brewdays
  • Easily Cleaned & simple to use
  • Hand Made by skilled Slovenian workforce
  • Guaranteed – excellent aftercare
  • No Moving Parts to break – only the pump which has been designed to be removeable
  • Combined Lauter Tun & Whirlpool – mist/fog sparging from a built in heat exchanger, perfect size grain bed, whirlpools correctly producing good clarity wort
  • Built in Counter Flow Chiller – real time cooling built into the Brewiks
Speidel Braumeister Microbrewery Equipment
  • Well known German manufacturer of brewing equipment
  • Principles are nearly identical for all sizes of braumeister
  • 5 sizes available – 10, 20, 50, 200, 500
  • Everything takes place in one cauldron – Mashing, Lauetring, Boiling, Hop Boiling, Whirlpooling
  • Mobile & Easy to Move
  • Patented Technology
  • Tried & Tested Compact Brewing unit
  • Minimal Space Required
  • Ideal for Restaurants
  • Touch Screen Control Panel

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