01 - challenges
When the Garage Beer Company took the decision to set up in Barcelona, the owners did not foresee the problems they would have in adhering to strict city regulations relating to noise disruption. The regulations specified that sound insulation had to be applied not just to the ceiling of the brewery but also the brew house floor. In effect the business was losing 45cm of ceiling height due to sound insulation, which left little room for the brewery plant.
At this point the owners had already formalised the agreement for the brewery plant so they had to work within the boundaries they were given. This meant they needed to find a way to transport malt into the mash tun without handling it too roughly, and without the conveyor taking up too much space.
David Welsh had experience of running a sizeable regional brewery and he was called in as the brewery consultant. David had previously dealt with Phil Booth at UniTrak Powderflight on another project and so he was familiar with some of the company’s machinery. He visited UniTrak’s Glossop factory where he met Nick Webber to discuss the equipment layout.
David’s initial idea was to opt for a flexible screw, but space in the brewery building is limited and flexible screws are flexible only to a certain extent. After being shown the Powderflight M75 Conveyor David, decided that it would be an ideal solution.