There are several factors to consider when evaluating the quality of small beer equipment.
The Reputation of the Manufacturer
One of the most important factors is the reputation of the manufacturer. A reputable manufacturer is more likely to produce reliable equipment. Reputation is earned through consistently providing high-quality products and services over an extended period of time.
The Production Capacity
Another aspect to consider is the production capacity of the equipment. Craft breweries have different production capacities, so the equipment should align with the specific needs of the brewery. Beer equipment comes in various production capacities, ranging from small household units to large industrial ones.
Efficiency of the Equipment
Efficiency is a crucial concern when it comes to brewing equipment. Airtight containers can be used for fermentation, but the process needs to be efficient. Breweries are businesses and the manufacturing process should be economically viable. The equipment should facilitate fast, uniform, and low-maintenance alcohol formation, which ultimately affects the company’s revenue and sustainability.
Guarantee and Warranty on the Product
The guarantee and warranty on the equipment should also be considered. When making a purchase, there is always a level of risk involved, so it’s important to assess the reliability of the equipment in terms of guarantee and warranty. This becomes more complex at an industrial scale.
Efficiency of Packing & Space
Premises are a significant overhead cost for many companies, including breweries. The space occupied by the equipment should be minimized without compromising the quality of the beer. This is particularly important for small breweries with limited budgets. While there are limits to equipment size reduction, it should be done in an economical way that fits within the available space.
Transportation and Logistics Costs
Logistics should not be overlooked. Shipping costs can significantly increase the final bill, as can customs duties and taxes when importing equipment from abroad. Therefore, it is advisable to choose equipment that is cost-effective while maintaining the quality of the beer.
Customer Service & Aftercare
Another crucial aspect is customer service and aftercare. Equipment may experience issues and it’s important to have access to appropriate support for problem-solving. The solution should be economically viable and not excessively costly for the business. This includes friendly customer service, local service professionals, and affordable equipment service rates.