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Steve Grinter, Managing Director - Hyphose ltd

Custom Fittings are considered a close and valued business partner of Hyphose Ltd. We have found their staff knowledgeable, helpful with a professional approach and supply high quality products from t... Steve Grinter, Managing Director - Hyphose ltd

Chris  Hargreaves, Managing Director - GS Hydro UK

"Custom Fittings are a 1st tier supplier to GS Hydro for stainless steel high and low pressure hydraulic components. For over 20 years Custom Fittings have been our preferred supplier due to the high ... Chris Hargreaves, Managing Director - GS Hydro UK

Janet Dixon, Events Manager - The British Fluid Power Association

“Custom Fittings; those guys know how to enjoy themselves. If you want a good night out or a restaurant recommendation, look no further. They also produce some very good hose fittings and other ... Janet Dixon, Events Manager - The British Fluid Power Association

Anthony Smith, Sales Director - Fluid Power Services Ltd

"Custom Fittings have been the number one supplier for stainless steel fittings to Fluid Power Services for over 25 years now.In the early years our requirements were for standard off the shelf parts ... Anthony Smith, Sales Director - Fluid Power Services Ltd

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  • Brewing Beer and the use of Stainless Steel Hose fittings

    22 Oct 2014

    Stainless steel is used in almost every stage of the beer brewing process. It is a material ideally suited to food and drink production, as it is easy to clean, does not taint food products, and can be sterilized. It is also extremely robust, and is used in products that boil liquids for long periods of time. It is also perfect for use in the chilling processes. The lorries that we see on our roads transporting milk and beer carry these liquids in stainless steel tanks, which are hosed out after each journey by specialist truck cleaning operators.

     

    Brewers make extensive use of stainless steel, but sometimes, smaller breweries will clad their equipment in copper, for a traditional look, this will not extend to the fittings used. They will always now be stainless steel to prevent conamination. Old-fashioned brewing techniques are no longer possible, due to health concerns. Before the arrival of stainless steel, beer was fermented in wooden barrels, which needed a great deal of maintenance. Not only did they have to be laboriously cleaned out but, even when clean, there were often bugs and organisms still present which could easily taint batches of beer. The inside of the wooden containers would need to be re-pitched to keep them waterproof, and there is no doubt that pitch would taint the beer during the storage process.

     

    Hygienic hose fittings and other technical advancements, mean that contamination of beer via dirty equipment is a thing of the past. Stainless steel has offered revolutionary improvements to the food and drink industries: from the super-effective stainless steel hydraulic hose fittings used in lifting gear, to easily sterilized tanks and joints, every aspect of transport and production has benefitted the food production business.

     

    The Brewing Process Brewing can be broken down in to about nine processes, almost all of which involve stainless steel equipment. After milling and malting the grain goes through the following procedures before beer is finally produced.

    • Mashing – this is a process whereby malted milled grain is mixed with water, and heated, to allow the production of maltose. Enzymes are triggered to break down the starches in the grain, and convert them into sugars. This is process takes place in vast stainless steel tanks.

    • Lautering is a process that aims to separate extracts produced during the mashing stage, which is known as wort. This is done in a stainless steel ‘lauter tun’, or a mash filter.

    • The wort is then boiled to sterilise it, and hops can be added in various quantities. Each beer has a different recipe. The boiling takes place in stainless steel boiling tanks, and must be an even boil which last between one and two hours.

    • The cooled wort is then allowed to ferment, a process that begins with the addition of yeast. Once the yeast is added and fermentation has begun, the liquid can finally be called beer.

     

    Fermentation tanks can be huge, depending on the size of the brewery. Some large breweries have cylindroconical tanks that look like silage silos, and which are conical at the base and cylindrical at the top. The yeast and other debris created during fermentation will collect in the cone at the bottom of the tank, and can be drained out via a port. During fermentation, the sugars from the malt begin to metabolise into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Whilst this occurs, the yeast and other solids will gradually sink down to the base of the tank. Heating and Cooling

     

    The heating processes in small breweries are sometimes done via direct fire techniques – literally heating kettles of wort over a fire. Smaller breweries will maintain this quaint tradition, but commercial breweries use pressurised steam. The cooling process is facilitated by the use of cooling jackets, which are applied to the storage tanks, with the temperature controlled by the cooling operator. The operators have full control of the temperature of each tank, allowing for adjustments to be made to each recipe. If large batches of one type of beer are being made, the whole area containing the tanks will be cooled.

     

    Next time you raise a glass in your local pub, think of the stainless steel used at every stage of its production, all of which has contributed to its taste and safety.

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  • A word from the Sales Director, October 2014

    14 Oct 2014

    Firstly I would like to send a thank you out to the loyal customer base of Custom Fittings. Your ongoing support and loyalty is very much appreciated. You enable us to continue to progress as a business and continue to improve our products and services. Should any customer wish to write a testimonial about Custom Fittings then please do so here?

     

    September is the start of a new financial year for Custom Fittings and sales are continuing in the same upward trend as the previous months of 2014. Since the 2008 global recession Custom Fittings like so many other firms has had some testing times. Seeing the company come through this is testament to the loyal customers and partnerships we have established over our 30+ years trading.

     

    Looking to the future, the months leading up to Christmas and into 2015 there are some interesting times ahead for Custom Fittings. Progress is being made all the time to promote our online presence. Launching a new website in the summer was just the start and a great platform to build on. The world is becoming an increasingly digital place so growing our online presence is important for the future of Custom Fittings. Who would have ever thought that 30+ years ago people would order Hydraulic Hose Fittings over the internet, needless to say I have been surprised.

     

    We are extending our products warehouse and will begin work in January 2015, designs have been approved and the addition of a second floor to the warehouse will provide some much needed storage. Increasing our storage capacity is only positive for you the customer. Being able to hold more stock of the faster moving items will only improve lead times.

     

    Here at Custom Fittings we are focused on creating a quality product and offering the best Customer Service possible. We do not profess to be perfect however human error is inevitable in the real world, our professionalism and experience allows us to adapt quickly and correct any errors. Should anyone wish to contact me to discuss anything related to Custom Fittings then you can do so via mark@customfittings.com I would be very happy to hear from you all.

    Kind regards

    Mark Crowther

    MC

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