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Old 12-08-2012, 06:14 AM   #1
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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!!

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:37 AM   #4
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I would bet $100 that if you walked into any of the bars around here, nobody would have heard of a draft cleaner.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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I think I remember the CEO of brooklyn brewery started self-employed cleaning lines for bars

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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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.

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #7
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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?
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #8
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Please don't thread-jack me!
Looking for insight into this industry. Anyone have experience with draft technicians??

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #9
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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?
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:58 PM   #10
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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.

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