Cellar and dispense hygiene

The importance of good cellar management is widely understood within the brewing industry and it has long been recognised that poor dispense hygiene is detrimental to beer quality. Many products and systems are now available in the market which claim to improve dispense hygiene and to save money.

The comparative evaluation of the efficacy of such systems is often carried out in operating bars where results maybe susceptible to many uncontrolled factors and where it is not always possible to incorporate essential measurements such as microbiological assays and sensory analysis.

In response to the industry's need to critically evaluate competing products, Campden BRI has established standard methods for evaluating cellar and dispense hygiene procedures.

Campden BRI 'Model' Biofilm and Test Protocols

Most hygiene problems associated within beer dispense systems are caused by the occurrence of a slimy coating of microorganisms, or, biofilm. To allow reproducible product evaluation, it is essential to be able to artificially generate such a biofilm. Campden BRI have generated such a system, allowing trials to be developed to evaluate the cleanability and hygienic design of dispense systems or components. Using this system also allows comparative studies to evaluate the efficacy of cleaning procedures, agents and preventative equipment.

Campden BRI Dispense Hygiene Test Facility

Campden BRI now has a purpose built test bar facility and has introduced a portfolio of standard protocols. The standard tests provide both in-house scientific trials and intrade field evaluations of products, systems and components and are based both on sound scientific principles and extensive experience of evaluating dispense products.

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Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation

The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO17025:2017 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number. The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules are available from the UKAS website

Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207