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Why do we use a Butyl liner in our Brewflex® hose range?

Why do we use a Butyl liner in our Brewflex® hose range?
Firstly... What is Butyl?Butyl rubber (IIR), also called isobutylene-isoprene rubber, is a synthetic rubber and copolymer of isobutylene with isoprene. Butyl rubber is produced by polymerization of about 98% of isobutylene with about 2% of isoprene. It is a colorless viscoelastic material which is odorless, tasteless, has excellent impermeabil...
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Case Study: Bradfield Brewery

Case Study: Bradfield Brewery
Recently our Area Sales Manager for Yorkshire – Dean Wade visited Bradfield Brewery with the purpose of meeting Richard Gill - the owner, to follow up after he visited our stand at SIBA BeerX and showed interest in our Brewflex® hose range.Through discussion, Richard explained how he was currently having difficulty with getting some replacement hos...
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Top 7 Tips! How do you choose the right hose?

Top 7 Tips! How do you choose the right hose?
Flextech are here to help brewers obtain the best hose so that they can make the best beer products. So, how do you choose the right hose? The first, and probably most important thing to understand is that a hose is not just a hose. They may all look the same or similar but they are all uniquely constructed with different materials, different grade...
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Choose the right hose for your beer

Choose the right hose for your beer
Choosing the right hose to brew your beer is like choosing the best glassware to use in order to enjoy all of the hidden nuances. It's those unique, subtle qualities that truly reflect what your beer is about. So what exactly is a brewery hose required to do? Well hopefully it will provide the fluid transfer link during the brew and ensure tha...
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Crafting a definition: Three in five Brits who buy alcoholic drinks say it's important that the industry defines what is meant by the term 'craft'

Crafting a definition: Three in five Brits who buy alcoholic drinks say it's important that the industry defines what is meant by the term 'craft'
Whilst craft drinks have revolutionised the alcoholic drinks industry over the past decade, it seems that many Brits are still unsure as to what the term 'craft' actually means. New research from Mintel highlights strong demand for alcoholic drink companies to create a definition, as 59% of those who buy alcoholic drinks say it's important that the...
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US beer market is bursting with flavour: 80% increase in flavoured beer launches 20-2015

US beer market is bursting with flavour: 80% increase in flavoured beer launches 20-2015
New research from Mintel highlights an explosion in flavored beer innovation. From grapefruit to habanero, Mintel's Global New Products Database (GNPD) reveals the proportion of new flavored beer product launches has grown from just 15 percent of total US beer launches in 2010 to 27 percent of total US beer launches in 2015, an 80 percent increase ...
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Does your hose satisfy your requirements?

Does your hose satisfy your requirements?
Is it durable/financially viable?Does it meet hygiene legislation?Does it satisfy health & safety requirements?Does it bring you peace of mind?Is it personalised/bespoke to your needs?Are there flexibility/ease of use issues?​These are all question you should ask yourself when considering a hose for your brewery. ChecklistTake...
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Lager struggles to retain its fizz as usage drops to a half of Brits

Lager struggles to retain its fizz as usage drops to a half of Brits
It seems that Britain's lager segment is struggling to retain its fizz, as it faces particularly strong competition from the rising popularity of ales and bitters, whose success has been fuelled by the craft beer boom. Indeed, new research from market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that 49% of Brits drank lager in 2015*, down from 54% in 2014​/...
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Have you ever thought about what you would do in the event of a hose failure?

Have you ever thought about what you would do in the event of a hose failure?
If you have, then you'll be glad to know we can fulfill your requirements, if you haven't, you'll be glad to know we can also fulfill your requirements!​​ ​Large volumes of stock ​Emergency ServiceDon't Panic! Throughout 2015 the number of breweries we were supplying Brewflex with saw increase after increase, meaning that for...
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What is Brewflex?

What is Brewflex?
​Brewflex® is our range of branded brewery hoses designed entirely by Flextech Hose Solutions. Over an 18 month period we researched the brewery market, the exisiting hose products being offered and thier attributes and weaknesses and then we used what we found to create a truly unique hose, Brewflex®. Its main features are its cleanlisness, its fl...
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The craft effect: One in four beers launched globally in 2014 was high strength

The craft effect: One in four beers launched globally in 2014 was high strength
With rising health awareness and concern about binge drinking driving sales of low and non-ABV beers among consumers, it seems counter-intuitive that innovation in strongly alcoholic beers should be rising. But new research from Mintel has found that almost one in four (23%) beers launched globally in 2014 and 25% in 2013 had an ABV (alcohol by vol...
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How do you choose the right steam hose?

How do you choose the right steam hose?
Steam and its effects on hoses Water can occur in three different states, namely, solid, liquid or gaseous. The gaseous state called 'steam' can also be subdivided into three different forms, which are determined by the pressure and temperature. These three forms are: Wet saturated steam or 'wet steam' Dry saturated steam Super-heate...
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Slough Trading Estate Billboard Competition Winners!

Slough Trading Estate Billboard Competition Winners!
Between August and September of 2015 SEGRO ran a competition on Twitter for customers to feature on the estate billboards. As customers of SEGRO we knew we had to enter and give it a shot and so we tweeted @SloughTE stating how being on the Slough Trading Estate was good for business and rather than focusing on talking about things such as the grea...
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Worm Drive Clips: Are they bad for business?

Worm Drive Clips: Are they bad for business?
Worm Drive clips are a low cost option of fastening for very low pressure and low temperature soft wall hose connection applications. This is suitable for low pressure air hoses and is not recommended for applications that require a higher operating pressure or ones that need to be leak free. Blow outs are a common occurrence and can become costly ...
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A hose is just a hose... Isn't it?

A hose is just a hose... Isn't it?
Recently I had a conversation with the owner of a brewery who said to me: "In the end, a hose is just a hose isn't it?" And I replied: "Isn't that like me saying your beer is just like any other beer?" Well, I certainly don't believe this, and I know you don't! So why is it that people believe a hose is just a hose? The look, smell and taste are al...
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Hygienic Hose: What's the point in using them for your operation?

Hygienic Hose: What's the point in using them for your operation?
It is commonly assumed that hygienic hoses by their very nature are better quality hoses produced to a higher specification which probably costs more money. This is not entirely untrue however there is one fundamental question to consider when choosing a hose: Is this hose going to be used in the process of manufacturing a product for human consump...
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Craft beer accounted for one in eight German beer launches in 2014

Craft beer accounted for one in eight German beer launches in 2014
With Oktoberfest in full swing, Germans across the world will be making the most of the festival and raising a glass. But it seems that standard lager might soon be replaced by a more sophisticated brew – craft beer. New research from Mintel has found that one in eight (12%) beers launched in Germany in 2014 was categorised as craft, up from only 1...
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