Keg Your Cold Brew!

Keg Your Cold Brew!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog

If your are serious about coffee concentrate stored fresh, BPR recommends a Kegerator.com system using 1/6th 304 stainless kegs from http://www.inkkegs.com located in Charlotte, North Carolina. By using food grade nitrogen gas as the blanket, the mixture is dispensed with a creamy foam.  Works for iced or a quick hot coffee (when reheated but not boiled)…faster than a kcup brewer and great strength that customers control by adding water.   The flavor of the cold brew can be maintained by only heating the cold brew to about 140 degrees by adding hot water …almost boiling water to the concentrate....

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Innovation is a Long Road…

Innovation is a Long Road…

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison This week Black Powder was experimenting with the help of HEbrew’s Coffeeshop – Mooresville with a 5 liter mini-kegerator to dispense Dynamite cold brew concentrate.  Well, it just isn’t practical at this time due to quite a few learnings.  Continuous improvement is a key to successful business and that includes continuous innovation.  Black Powder is always trying to push the envelope and find creative roasts, blends, concentrates, and even cold brew dispensing methods. Black Powder installed the mini-kegerator at the roastery about a month ago.  Learning how to fill the kegs, clean the kegs with potassium meta-bisulfite, and changing the pressure system from CO2 to Argon so the coffee doesn’t come out fizzy – yes, it will carbonate!  We ran water through the system for the first few days to understand how it works and learn some of the challenges.  We then filled the 5 liter keg with concentrate and used it for 3 weeks and almost emptied the keg.  Every time our family or customers came in, everyone was keen to try the new gizmo.  Everything seems to work well after we fixed some small pressure leaks and replaced the argon cartridge once.  Then we convinced Nikki Tate and her team to give it a try.  The use at the coffee shop has high frequency and after fixing the argon leak, it was still using expensive cartridges at a high rate.  Also, the change over time took time away from serving customers. Therefore, we went back to HDPE 1/2 gallon jugs for bulk distribution of the concentrate to coffee shops.  You might see the mini-keg again in the roastery or at some events, but we learned that the math to use recyclable kegs is a lot more expensive that use recyclable HDPE containers with argon cartridges.  With that said, we do have a full size kegerator with 2 x 1/6th kegs powered by a Nitrogen pressure system at the roastery that works like a charm and is an elegant solution.  I will share more on that after we prove out it’s functionality over the next few months.    ...

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