Brulines flow recording System (Barrel Dregs)
Please note some of us are doing our best to help all the struggling licensees and if we can make it better and prosperous we will be delighted. Having read and listened to the Select Committee Enquiry into Pub Co’s.
One issue that has raised it’s head is Brulines. This policing operation on beer sales, the makers and the companies that have them installed in their pubs claim that it is foolproof, however my cynical mind as an ex water engineer, questions how a simple venturi meter can identify differing densities without high level calibration, subject to regular checks. A new system is on the market that supposedly does this, which would appear to be far more high tech than the present one. I would suggest to all licensees that have the Brulines system installed to contact their local Weights and Measures to get total verification on the efficiency and accuracy of these systems, and stress to the Weights and Measures that a number of people are being accused of buying out, heavily fined and thrown out of their pubs and therefore since they need a neutral body to investigate these matters would they do it, since it is definitely a Weights and Measures issue.
The latest information on Brulines is that a BDM and engineer are scratching their heads, a lady licensee dutifully flushed her real ale lines after every barrel, resulting in accusations of “Buying Out”, they would appear to have admitted that they cannot tell the difference between beer and water, judging by some of the products that they sell, there probably isn’t a great difference. However a suggestion to add to the confusion, if every lessee fed between half a gallon and a gallon of water through a line or lines every few days and recorded exactly how much and the exact time, the Brulines system if it is genuinely fallible will be in chaos. In the event of accusations of “Buying Out” retain your records until they have made complete fools of themselves, do not “Buy Out”. If their system is really suspect then a number of lessees who have been fined or evicted may have some legal redress.