There are some general maintenance practices that you should probably start to keep up with to keep your brewery in great shape for years to come. We put together a list of our favorite maintenance tips for breweries. Let us know what you think. Are you already doing everything on the list?
Cooler Floor Cleaning
It is a good idea to clean your cooler floor as least once per month. Since the cooler is likely to see a good amount of traffic between employees and delivery personnel, the floor can get quite dirty. In addition to the dirt, there is a chance that you can get some bacteria growth as well. Where the cooler opens and closes, there can be some condensation that could lead to bacteria. You don’t want that happening, and you don’t want that getting tracked around your brewery. Just clean the floors once a month, and everything should be fine.
Clean and Sanitize Hoses
Although you probably are already doing this, it is worth a reminder. Hoses left uncleaned will grow bacteria when not sanitized regularly. In addition to the nasty stuff that can grow, moisture inside will also create some wear and tear on the actual hose and keep it from lasting for you long term.
Clean Coils In Cooling Units
Aside from the fact that it is a proper maintenance procedure to clean the coils in the cooling units, you will also benefit from some potential energy savings. If your coils are clean, they will not work nearly as hard to cool. Spending a bit of time making sure they are clean is undoubtedly worth any dime you can save when it comes to energy.
Another reason to make sure your coils are in good shape is that because these units release air if the air in their starts to get contaminated with bacteria or mold, it will spread throughout your entire business. This is a detrimental mistake to make.
Clean and Sanitize All Mechanical Tools
There are a lot of tools and pieces of brewery equipment that are used daily that you may not think to sanitize. When you have some off time, you should make sure that everything gets sanitized. Some of the things that are often missed include buckets, pitchers, wrenches, and pliers. These things should be disinfected after every use. If, for some reason, you don’t have the time to try to add it in as a standard operating procedure.
Forgetting to sanitize a piece of equipment can leave a spot on a floor that turns into a bacterial mess. Just be aware of everything you use in a day and make sure that at the end of the day, it is back to a completely sanitized state.
No question maintaining a brewery is hard work. That is one reason why installing an easy to clean and brewery floor is so important. The last thing you need is to add another item to your to-do list.