APPLEBEE'S GRILL & BAR
8-Week pilot conducted to evaluate Draught Guard on a remote system stretching over 50ft long.
Validation Phase of Draught Guard
Beginning in the summer of 2018, Draught Guard set out to run a series of data collection pilots to demonstrate and prove the effectiveness of the Draught Guard technology in maintaining draught line cleanliness. Each pilot lasted at least eight weeks and began with a regular, Brewers Association recommended chemical clean. For the remainder of the pilot, the selected lines were only treated with Draught Guard and had zero chemicals run through them. Regular faucet and coupler maintenance continued throughout the pilot, as Draught Guard's main focus is the beer line itself and makes no claims of maintaining faucets and couplers. Line cleanliness was monitored via ATP and dip slide testing. Measurements were taken every two weeks.
This Wisconsin-located Applebee's Grill & Bar features six beers on tap. Five of the six draught beer lines were utilized for the eight-week trial. Milwaukee Draft Works oversaw and conducted the testing for the extent of the trial. The Milwaukee-based company is one of the largest beer line cleaning operations in the state.
Number of lines
Average length of line
ATP testing was utilized to compare Draught Guard treated lines over an extended period of time to the BA recommended two-week caustic cleaning cycle. After eight weeks with no chemicals run through the system, Draught Guard treated lines measured 58% fewer ATP counts compared to lines flushed with caustic every two weeks. Regular two-week faucet and coupler maintenance is still recommended and encouraged.
Improvement in draught line cleanliness with Draught Guard
Projected annual savings in beer wastage and cleaning costs
Line cleanings extended from every two weeks to every eight weeks