item on the website is in stock, sometimes we get caught by unexpected
order surges but these are few are far between. If we experience
a stock-out, we try to get a message on the website straight away.
Any item on
the website is in stock, sometimes we get caught by unexpected order
surges but these are few are far between. If we experience a stock-out,
we try to get a message on the website straight away.
Orders placed by 12:30pm will be despatched the same day using a
next working day delivery service. We achieve this 95% of the time
however we are busiest on Mondays and Tuesdays, if your order isn’t
urgent let us know so that we can bump the order into a less busy
We endeavour to get any order out on the day it arrives, our courier
collects at 3pm, so orders received approaching this time are likely
to be dealt with the following working day.
orders requiring transport on pallets are packed on the day received
and despatched the following day on a 48 hour service.
& Opening hours
welcome visitors and encourage clients to collect orders if they
are close to us here in Somerset, or perhaps just passing, thus
saving you the P&P costs. We are open on weekdays between 9am
a bag in box is straightforward and best achieved as follows. Care
should be taken not to nick the bag, don’t put it put heavy
objects on them, don’t crumple or scrunch the bag up, keep
them flat ideally in the box provided, note, there’s no such
thing as a small leak, it either leaks or it doesn’t!
Firstly, part make-up the box; take the bag in both hands by the
neck and tug the tap out of the gland. For obvious reasons, place
the tap in sterilising solution and not on a dirty bench. Put the
bag into the slot on the filling aid and dangle it into the box,
this will support the bag while filling takes place and acts as
a third hand. Place everything on a weigh scale and set the tare
to zero. Filling can be from tank, cask, barrel, “petrol pump”
or jug, whatever it is, sterilize it first. When you have the appropriate
quantity of liquid in the bag, gently squeeze as much air from the
bag as possible and use tap closing pliers to fully push the tap
home. This can also be achieved manually, just pick the bag up,
position the tap uppermost, and with both hands put the base of
your palms onto the back of the flange and holding the tap with
your fingers, push the tap fully home to the second click stop.
information on Vitop Connectors ...
has worked for many years with Vitop, aiding the design process
& acting as an Agent Distributor. The relationship has been
built up over many years since Vitops conception in the 1990s. In
fact Simon Vine was the first commercial visitor to the original
Vitop factory in France. During the past ten years or so, Vitop
have been an exemplary supplier. During this period, we have not
experienced a single fault with either tap or connector. It is simply
the best device to connect bag in boxes to the point of dispense
that exists. First of all, here are some basics, the hose barb on
the connector is 9mm wide (3/8 of an inch) so the internal diameter
of the tubing needs to be the same. Tubing with a 9mm bore &
15mm (5/8”) o/d with some give in it is best. As mentioned
we get zero complaints about the connector & tap, but two queries
are often raised. First, occasionally, we are advised that there
is a leak between the connector and the tap on the bag. Assuming
the tap is seated correctly, in all cases, the leak is due to the
bag not being fitted with a genuine Vitop Tap. Sadly, some bag suppliers
will supply bags with cloned taps & there is no connector that
correctly fits this tap. Please check with your supplier whether
the taps on the bags are Original Vitops. Note, we only supply bags
with genuine original Vitop taps, so you can buy from us with confidence.
your clients (landlords, publicans, etc.) have pipe in their cellars
that is too wide for the outlet on the connector. In such cases
the solution is simple, take a small (15mm) piece of the correct
size pipe, attach it to the connector, push it inside the wider
bore tubing & secure with a jubilee clip or similar and it works.
Own Design Boxes
can run relatively small quantities of customised boxes to clients
own designs. Generally there is no difference in unit cost between
custom and standard boxes, but there is a one off set up cost for
each size. The print set up cost varies and is akin to asking “how
long is a piece of string” as it varies depending upon design,
number of colours, size of box, etc. As a guide the set up costs
for a one colour 36pt box could vary from as little as £350
to as much as £1500! It is also dependent upon the number
of revisions you make, our advice would be to pick a design and
stick to it. The minimum order quantity for each size is as follows;
3L 2000, 5L 1200, 10L 700, 20L / 36pt 650. We welcome the input
of designers and have layout diagrams we can send them if they wish.
long will my beer / cider last in the box
Shelf life depends on many variables, alcohol content, percentage
sugar, cleanliness at fill, size of the bag, dissolved oxygen in
the product and headspace in the sealed bag. However over and above
all of these in importance is storage temperature, essentially the
higher the storage temperature the shorter the shelf life. In short,
shelf life will vary from and it’s advisable to run a trial
or two on your own products.
Beer – we did some tests a few years ago
with a local brewery and we achieved 6 – 8 weeks shelf life
unopened on an IPA(3.9%) & Best Bitter (4.3%), we imagine it’s
less if you open it first. The beer does lose a little liveliness
but this is not significant if you pull it through a hand pump.
Cider – some makers who pasteurize &
hot fill achieve at least a year’s shelf life in bag in box.
Those who don’t pasteurize achieve months in the summer but
twice this in the winter.
Priming & conditioning
know of a number of breweries who successfully accomplish this.
Clearly they all have their own methods but essentially they follow
this procedure. Fill bag in the box, do not replace the tap, add
priming solution, replace the tap but only put halfway in to the
first click stop (easy once you have done one) then condition at
12C approx. and every few days or a week or so release the excess
CO2 that has built up by pulling the tap out pushing down on the
gas pillow & replacing the tap halfway home. Then once you’re
ready to serve, push the tap fully home, close the box with tape,
etc. and move to serving position to settle
Bag in Box
system works well when the temperature is controlled to 10 - 15C,
but we have heard of clients who export but find their boxes destroyed
at the other end by carriers who have not treated them with respect
and care. They are not metal barrels after all! Our advice would
be to trial the shipping route carefully before commencing a mass
or beer bags for homebrew wine?
would recommend cider bags for homemade wine, clearly plain boxes
will be best allowing you to put your own labels on for identification
dimensions of Jigsaw Boxes (cm)
boxes and weights (gm) are as follows:-
3L Box: 13 length, 13 width, 22 height - 130 gm
5L Box: 16 length, 16 width, 24 height - 199 gm
10L/18pt Box: 20 length, 20 width, 34 height - 416 gm
20l/36pt Box: 26 length, 26 width, 40 height - 758 gm
3 bottle Presentation
Pack: 9 length, 23 width, 29 height
6 bottle Presentation Pack: 16 length, 24 width, 32 height