Building on a Fine Heritage

With BEERX some months behind them the team at Caskwasher have been busy manufacturing their range of CaskForce machines to meet an ever increasing demand.

As all machines are built to order and with a lead time of generally around six weeks production was stepped up to meet the demand from brewers who were gearing up for the summer season and required machines delivered and installed before the beginning of July.

One such customer was LACONS Brewery who have just installed their 300 series dual heat standard caskwasher. Although Caskforce has orders from around the UK and have recently sold two more units to the American Craft Beer sector LACONS are local to their manufacturing facilities a mere 8 miles away in Great Yarmouth.

LACONS returned to brew in Great Yarmouth in 2013 after a break of nearly 50 years.  Since its home coming, the brewery has gone from strength to strength and currently holds the title of SIBA’s Champion Beer of the East with their Encore Ale.

Under the watchful eye of its multi award winning Brewer Will Wood LACONS crafts some of the finest ales in Norfolk using original yeast that had been stored in the UK’s National Yeast Bank in Norwich for over half a century.

With its ales re-established and a firm expansion plan in place Lacon’s called on the services of Caskforce to develop a new automatic cask cleaning system to ensure effective and efficient cleaning of its casks. Wil worked alongside Caskforce’s lead project engineer Keith Trenton to design a bespoke system to meet the demand of the brewery and Wil’s exact requirements. With the 300 series cleaning upto 50 casks an hour it is a welcome addition to the brewery.  It will dramatically reduce the time taken to clean their casks which like most breweries are currently cleaned manually.

With an ever evolving and expanding market Caskforce  are continuing to develop their product range and the recent edition of the single headed machine has seen strong demand from many start up and small breweries.