LONERIDER BREWING CO.
Award winning craft brewery utilizes Draught Guard to maintain line cleanliness, reduce beer wastage and cleaning costs, and uphold draught quality.
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.
Lonerider Brewing Company is a leading craft brewery based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well known on a regional and national level, the brewery takes pride in its award winning IPAs, brown ales, stouts, and hefeweizens. Lonerider implemented Draught Guard to maintain draught quality, minimize beer wastage and cleaning costs, and mitigate chemical use.
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 94% fewer ATP counts compared to lines flushed with caustic every two weeks. Regular two-week faucet and coupler maintenance is still recommended and encouraged.
Dip Slide Results
Dip slides provide a quick, reliable and effective means of determining bacteria levels present in water samples. Testing the push water flushed through the beer lines at Weeks 0, 2, and 8 of the pilot, dip slide information reveals that Draught Guard in fact outperformed the regular two-week caustic cycle in reducing bacteria counts.
Improvement in draught line cleanliness with Draught Guard
Annual savings in beer wastage and cleaning costs
Line cleanings extended from every two weeks to every eight weeks