London pubs understand that a healthy stock of cellar gas is vital to produce a wide range of drinks for punters. Whether a customer is seeking a pit of bitter, lager, cider or a non-alcoholic beverage when serving as the designated driver, cellar gas is a key ingredient. While a real ale doesn’t feature a lot of bubbles, a complete flat pint will result in complaints while those who prefer lager or soft drinks will demand plenty of fizz from their tipple.
Cellar gas, also known as beer gas, is a key component of serving satisfying pub drinks – so keeping a good supply onsite is essential. However, how cellar gas is stored is also important. From avoiding danger to reducing costs and passing health and safety inspections, read on to learn the best practices for storing beer gas.
What is cellar gas made from?
Beer gas used for ales and stouts involves mixing Nitrogen gases with carbon dioxide (CO 2). The Nitrogen allows the CO 2 to be used at pressure and reduces the chances of carbonation. Entirely odourless, it makes an ideal option for adding some fizz without affecting the enjoyment of a pint. Cider and lager can use just CO2 as these drinks can rarely be too fizzy, however, a mixture is still used with a lower percentage of Nitrogen.
Train your staff
Incorrect handling and storage of cellar gas can be a health and safety risk, so pub personnel must never attempt to use or manage stock without correct training.
Correct storage and handling
Store in-use and used gas cylinders upright against the wall and secure them with a chain to avoid them from toppling over. Cylinders should never be dropped, thrown, or left where they can fall or be used to prop doors open. Cylinders are heavy and pressurised, and these properties present a risk of accident and injury. Cylinder valves can become damaged causing leaks leading to stock loss and costs of replacement parts.
Perform risk assessments
Cellars should undergo regular risk assessments with steps taken to avoid gas leaks highlighted. Installing adequate cellar ventilation and a CO2 monitor is advised to ace health and safety inspections.
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