How We Keep Our Beer Casks Going
03 June 2021
How Our Casks Last So Long
Our casks go through alot during their day-to-day use. Battered
and bruised, just like us, they sometimes break and need a bit of
tlc. We might go to a doctor or physio, but who's looking after our
injured barrels? - DHM Brewery Services, that's who.
Frank and Jason have been working with casks since 1973 and 1996
respectively, having previously been fixing and manufacturing them
in Burton-on Trent with Alumasc Grundy until the plant closed in
2003. They scaled down their work to fit inside a van and travel
around the country to brewers with barrels in need of repair. It
really is an essential service for us, if we can't fill barrels, we
can't deliver our beer and pubs can't serve it.
The barrels are first tested, filled with compressed air and
sprayed with a solution which will create bubbles if a leak exists,
any issues are then fixed with a weld. Dents are hammered
smooth(ish) and name plates are replaced if missing and they return
to service. It requires skill and attention to detail.
We collect our leakers together and when we've got a good few
pallets worth, we call in DHM.