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FAQ

Who is allowed to install and run a pub brewery?

This question has to be answered for each country individually, due to the fact that laws and provisions vary from state to state. In general most member countries of the EU or the WTO allow an installation and operation of a pub brewery without special governmental approvals. However, certain deviating regulations may have to be considered. 

In most countries hotels and restaurants are allowed to run a pub brewery based on an individual governmental approval.

Who is able to brew?

Brewing is a process that can be learned easily. However, reliability, cleanliness and the ability to operate a PC are needed preconditions for brewing. You and your personnel don’t necessary have to be a brew masters right from the beginning. With the help of our training and our brewery management software we are able to support your learning process and show you how to become an outstanding brewer.

With today's modern technology it is easy to produce and reproduce premium beers successfully. For bigger brewery capacities (higher than 1000 litres/brew) we do however recommend to employ a professional brewer or brewmaster.

How often and how much is being brewed?

SEMI AUTOMATION: Completing one brew takes about 6-8 hours, therefore up to three brews per day (divided into three shifts) would be possible. In case of high labour cost you should consider getting a larger brewhouse capacity to brew two to four times a week in larger quantities.

In a country with lower labour cost brewing up to six times per week in two shifts is possible.

FULL AUTOMATION is a much better possibility to use a maximum of the installed capacity. i.e. 1 brew during daytime + 1 brew during night ( without personal being present)  gives you already double capacity.

To get an orientation about the amount of beer you could produce, there is an easy calculation: quantity per week = number of brews/week x brewhouse capacity. 

Of course the produced amount of beer depends on the number of available fermenting/storage tanks. Please note, that bottom fermented beers (i.e. lager or Pilsner) need to stay in tanks for about four weeks before being sold, which means reduction of annual capacity, whereas most top fermented beers (i.e. ales, stout, or wheat beers) only require something like half of this time.

What kinds of beer?

With the help of our recipes you are capable of brewing almost any kind of beer. However it is not possible to create exact copies of existing beers. However this is anyway not the reason to start a Craftbrewery. A craft- or pub brewery intends to create and produce its own unique taste, adapted to the customer's wishes.

With growing experience you will be able to create your own beers and recipes without having to stick to ours.

Unfiltered beers can be stored for a few months. With course filtering under pressure and a flash pasterizing unit ( heating only for seconds ) the stability can be prolonged up to 1 year. Even more you will need this for low alcohol beers, shandy or ciders.

The usual alcohol content of four to five percent or more is an additional safety to guarantee a good storability.

Non-alcoholic beers can be produced now with Flecks technology in a feasible way.

Which approvals are necessary?

Today's microbrewery projects are normally handled professionally by authorities, with a positive approach in most countries.

For detailed information, please get in touch with your town's mayor's office.
In any case a written application to the local authorities of your hometown will be necessary. Usually this process is followed by discussions about technical, environmental, safety and hygienic standards, as well as tax questions.
We will support you during this process as far as possible.

Later on it will be necessary to:

  • Produce brewing protocols continuously - no problem with our "Brewmanager" software 
  • Arrange safety checks by a local technical security company
  • Have the beer tested in an authorized food lab
  • Pay the imposed taxes (i.e. beer tax or alcohol tax in most countries)

HOW DO I PRESENT MY BREWERY SUCCESSFULLY?

  • Show the brewery - don't hide it!
  • Perform brewing activities in the presence of your guest and let them participate.
  • Integrate the brewery into your interior. The right selection of materials (i.e. copper, stainless steel, brass, wood, black steel etc.) does a lot to make your brewery more inviting and creates an unique atmosphere.
  • Represent a brewery by showing that you and your staff are dressed accordingly. Develop your own logo, own beer names and own coasters and glasses.
  • Match the menu to your beers and think about offering dishes containing beer.

Why do FLECKS beers taste so exceptionally full bodied?

The secret behind the full bodied taste of our craft beers is our unique FLECKS mash technology based on a CALANDRIA. This is a powerful heatexchanger working with super-heated hotwater ( max. at 103°C ) – which is proving a gentle treatment of the mash on one side and a a safe boiling of wort without burning of sugars on the other side. With the result of maltiness and hoppyness in the wanted extent. Furthermore this enables for a closed cycle operation – which allows also for optimal hygiene to the brewery equipment.

What is the advantage of running a family business?

When a family business is involved -factors like continuity and reliability are likely to be higher than in any “normal” company. Furthermore developing innovations becomes much easier and plans can be realized a lot faster. Especially when it comes to customer relations, it can be easier for a family business to act flexible and orientate marketing towards the needs of the target group. 

What are the advantages of investing in a FLECKS brewery equipment?

FLECKS brewing systems are made in AUSTRIA!
We continually keep our technology up to date and build highly automated systems, which assure a constantly high level of quality and reduce production costs. Furthermore FLECKS breweries are known for their aesthetic design and perfect craftmanship.

Our technology is easy to handle and is also very suitable to beginners to brew outstanding craft beers. Many beer awards achieved by our customers is a good prove for this.

Additionally we offer an optimally support service which includes planning, assembly, training, beer recipes and online supervision.

How long does such a project take?

Beginning with your ordering the brewery, up until the opening of the finished project, the estimated time required is about 4-6 months at least. 

 

Why do you offer a price list?

We understand that customers want to realistically estimate the costs of their projects. Therefore we offer our regularly updated price list to give you an insight on the pricing of our products. 

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