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conneryis007 12-08-2012 05:14 AM

Draft Line Cleaning Technician Job
 
Looking for some feedback on a job I just applied to. Any draft technicians out there want to share their general work experiences? I will also value your experience on the other side of things as a bar owner/worker. For bonus points any experience with Hupp Draft Services?

I'm very excited about this potential job. I know its not a glorious job, but I'm not afraid to get my "hands dirty". Plus its a way to get into the beer industry!!

45_70sharps 12-08-2012 08:06 AM

Wow!! Life in a big city is different.
Not knocking what you are looking at doing, but it sure does take a LARGE population to generate enough work for that particular profession.

I've never heard of anything but bartenders cleaning the equipment, ( assuming they clean it at all ). Most bars that I've been around don't have so many taps that they need help, plus the average bar doesn't run with a margin that lets them hire specialists to do that sort of work. Even replacing the taps from time to time would be cheaper than a specialist.

I would bet that the beer tastes fresher and better at the places that do hire a specialist to clean and maintain the draft system though.

milldoggy 12-08-2012 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 45_70sharps (Post 4662037)
Wow!! Life in a big city is different.
Not knocking what you are looking at doing, but it sure does take a LARGE population to generate enough work for that particular profession.

I've never heard of anything but bartenders cleaning the equipment, ( assuming they clean it at all ). Most bars that I've been around don't have so many taps that they need help, plus the average bar doesn't run with a margin that lets them hire specialists to do that sort of work. Even replacing the taps from time to time would be cheaper than a specialist.

I would bet that the beer tastes fresher and better at the places that do hire a specialist to clean and maintain the draft system though.

Actually most places have draft cleaners, they run routes to different bars.

45_70sharps 12-08-2012 08:37 AM

I would bet $100 that if you walked into any of the bars around here, nobody would have heard of a draft cleaner.

Obliviousbrew 12-08-2012 08:57 AM

I think I remember the CEO of brooklyn brewery started self-employed cleaning lines for bars

Punity 12-08-2012 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 45_70sharps
I would bet $100 that if you walked into any of the bars around here, nobody would have heard of a draft cleaner.

I would be surprised if the artic tavern even cleaned a whole lot of anything haha.

45_70sharps 12-08-2012 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Punity (Post 4662163)
I would be surprised if the artic tavern even cleaned a whole lot of anything haha.

Hey! You're in Aberdeen!! And you're right about the artic tavern.
I live in Raymond, but I work in Hoquiam and my family is from Aberdeen.
So being in Aberdeen, where do you go for brewing supplies? Olympia?

conneryis007 12-08-2012 06:25 PM

Please don't thread-jack me!
Looking for insight into this industry. Anyone have experience with draft technicians??

Punity 12-08-2012 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 45_70sharps

Hey! You're in Aberdeen!! And you're right about the artic tavern.
I live in Raymond, but I work in Hoquiam and my family is from Aberdeen.
So being in Aberdeen, where do you go for brewing supplies? Olympia?

Pm

boscobeans 12-08-2012 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by conneryis007 (Post 4663065)
Please don't thread-jack me!
Looking for insight into this industry. Anyone have experience with draft technicians??

I had them come in on a regular basis. I had 3 draft lines and 3 wine lines.

It was every 3 weeks or so and the operation was a family owned business
(two brothers I think--It was in the mid 80's).

Very clean, very neat and once finished they would test everything out with a little taste test.

All they needed was a sink. They had chemicals a bucket and a pump. They also cleaned the keg connectors and the keg couplings.

I have no idea as to how much they were paid (almost 30 years) but to me and my customers it was well worth the price.

bosco


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