Order brewery scales and distillery scales from Inscale
Inscale UK stock a wide variety of digital brewing scales perfect for creating, selling and distributing alcohol and spirits.
Our range of brewing scales cater to a range of requirements from pallet and platform scales for large-scale distilleries and brewing companies to trade approved checkweighing and bench scales used in microbreweries.
For industrial breweries, platform scales offer large, durable weighing platforms capable of weighing multiple pallets of goods, barrels of beer and kegs simultaneously by connecting a weighing indicator and utilising parts counting and checkweighing features. Meanwhile, pallet truck scales can easily lift, manoeuvre and weigh pallets prior to placement on distribution lorries or into storage. Stainless steel floor scales such as Adam Equipment's Gladiator are IP-rated and easy to clean down after weighing bags of hops and other ingredients.
In contrast, artisan breweries conducting smaller operations in limited spaces are likely to need compact, easy-to-operate scales that can fit on worktop or workbench surfaces. Trade approved bench checkweighing scales can accurately weigh filled bottles to ensure they meet the weight criteria listed on the label to be packed and distributed for sale on supermarket shelves.
Using moisture analysers to test your hops.
When a hopyard harvests their crops within the months of August and September, the timing is absolutely crucial to the overall quality of the yield. Knowing the correct time to harvest is difficult and waiting too long could result in the hops oxidizing too quickly, which in turn impacts the quality and storability. Now with the help of moisture analysers, we can check the moisture content of the hops to determine the correct time to harvest. Generally, the desired average dry matter level is 22-24%, although this can fluctuate depending on the species of hop plant.
After a hopyard harvests their crops, the first stage in the treatment of the hops is the drying process. The recommended moisture range for the shipment of hops is 8-12% and again anything outside of this could impact the quality of the product. With too much moisture the hops become susceptible to rot, but with too little and they become dry and crumbly.
A moisture analyser works by taking the initial weight of an item and then heating it until it is completely dry. The weight is then taken at the end of the process and the final reading is deducted from the former to give you your moisture amount. This is predominantly known as a dry matter test.
How is beer made?
Making beer from scratch has become increasingly more popular over the last decade. More people than ever are trying their hand at the beer making process due to its need for just several ingredients and overall simplicity. The four main ingredients for making beer are: water, hops, barley and yeast.
- Step 1: The malting process is where the barley grains are heated up and dried, which in turn causes the grain to release enzymes which produce malt.
- Step 2: Next up is the mashing process. The malted enzymes are immersed in boiling water which releases sugars which can then be fermented. The grains are pulled out and the wort (sugary water) is left.
- Step 3: The wort is boiled, and the hops are added along with any spices to add the flavour.
- Step 4: For the fermentation process, the yeast is added and the mixture if stored and left to ferment for around several weeks.
- Step 5: The final step is the bottling process. This is when many brewers choose to carbonate their products, although many prefer the natural carbonation that comes as a result of fermentation. The bottles can then be weighed, transported and then sold.