Have you ever wondered what equipment a pub or bar needs to run? Or maybe you are even starting your own pub or bar? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the process. Specifically, we will address the equipment you need based on the crowd that you expect to bring in to your establishment. Without the right equipment, you could cripple your potential to maintain profitability with your new business. A common problem faced by pubs and bars in the UK!
1. Choosing the Right Cooler for Your Requirements
Let’s face it, no one wants warm drinks. Some drinks taste completely different if they are not served at the right temperature and this could be very bad for business. A cooler is, therefore, an absolutely necessary purchase for your establishment
The type of cooler you need will really depend on the volume you are expecting. For smaller pubs and bars, or those expecting to serve a small number of beers. These work by beer being fed up to the bar area through insulated plastic tubing and through a chilling device.
If you are setting up a medium size pub that will have higher volumes but not a particular heavier output, consider the BRW Mini and Midi Remotes:
If you are going to have a heavy volume with multiple products needing to be dispensed at a high rate, you will require something like the BRW complete remotes:
There’s the BRW35H air cooled and the BRW36H water cooled. While they may look similar to older models, they come with an intelligent thermostat. This will monitor the bath temperature and the fridge will power up if it rises. The units provide a 25Kg ice bank and a 65-litre water bath with a max of ten coils.
Or, there’s the BRW38H High Performance Remote Cooler. This is 35% quicker than a typical 12cc cooler when recovering from 0 to cut-out. It provides a 25Kg ice bank and a 65-litre water tank with a 3 stage or 4 stage pump. It can also be fitted with a max of 14 product coils.
2. Dispensing Your Drinks
When you run a pub or bar, you may regularly hold events with large crowds of people. As such, it’s vital that you have the equipment to suit the needs of this type of situation. There are two options available that could fit your need here: The Easy Tap and Event Tap both provide fast pours when you’re looking to deal with big crowds and a high volume.
While the Easy Tap provides 10 pints in a minute, the Event tap can handle 18! Both are high-speed alternatives to the typical free flow tap with an easy to use. mechanical fast pour set up. They can be used for glass and plastic cups, fitting to existing dispense points. You can get a mobile plug and play solution for each tap to connect your kegs.
You also need to make sure you’re equipped to handle soft drinks. For this we recommend the Wunderbar Gun 8 Button solution.
This can be set up for combos of carbonated, non-carbonated and premixed products to ensure you have a full variety. It is also designed to offer better carbonation for the high level of fizz customers want and a low level of foam.
There are separate valves too to make serving sodas and different mixes simple. You can use free flow taps for any standard setup so it’s great for the typical pub. A common choice will be ST/ST taps put there are also plastic options to choose from as well.
3. Selecting the Right Keg Couplers for Your Setup
The keg couplers you need will depend entirely on your type of setup. These are needed to move beer from the keg and into the line.
While the U type is suitable for specific European options such as Boddingtons, Stella Artois and Leffe.
4. Maintaining Clean Drink Lines
Finally, you need to make sure you are investing in the right line cleaning equipment. Dirty lines will ruin the taste of the beer and these lines can be impacted by anything from mould to yeast.
Regular cleaning will be vital for ensuring that drinks taste right. We recommend lines being cleaned every week and that you follow cleaning guidelines as advised by the cleaning fluid manufacturer.
The cleaning equipment needed will depend on the setup and the size of your system. On our store, you’ll find equipment or any size or type of setup and you’ll be able to make sure your lines are always thoroughly cleaned.