Craft beer is no longer just a hobby for many individuals – some individuals have taken it a step further and have turned their hobby into a lucrative business. Craft breweries are now more common than ever, especially with higher customer demand and expectations, but for many craft brewers, this higher demand also poses a bigger challenge: the packaging of their craft beer. The modern beer can has been around for decades, and its basic design hasn’t really changed since it was first introduced. If you are the owner of a craft beer enterprise and would like to get serious about packaging for your beer, here are the top benefits of canning your craft beer product.
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Some may argue that bottles are better for beer than cans, but proponents of canning would easily argue that canning can promote freshness for your craft beer. Most beer cans today are made from aluminium, and this material adds to and enhances your craft beer’s freshness. A can will also be able to protect the contents from oxygen and light, and this further enhances the freshness of the beer, making it more flavourful and better-tasting for consumers.
You also have to consider efficiency when it comes to packaging your craft beer. If you use aluminium cans, you can easily stack them, and they are more lightweight than bottles. This results in easier transport as well as less expense, not to mention a more environmentally-friendly product. Aluminium cans are completely sustainable, and recycling them is fast and easy. You can transform a recycled aluminium can into a completely new can in only 60 days (even less).
The Process of Canning
It pays to know what you can expect when you can your own craft beer. A typical beer can consist of two parts or components: the lid (or end), and the body. Makers of cans can supply you with both components, and when it comes to size, a standard can with 12 ounces will have a 2-inch lid diameter. The body of the can will have a flange, and the end has a curl. Once the can is filled and it reaches the seaming machine or beer can seamer, the seamer raises it up and it will place the end on top of the container by a tool known as a chuck. This tool will hold the can’s end in its proper place while the seamer seals the lid. The seaming process will basically fold up the edge (the flange) of the container or can with the curl. The folding process is what is referred to as double seaming, and the seamer performs it in two stages or phases.
The process ends with the use of a compound, which further seals the can and makes it leak-free and protects it from contaminants. The compound is a rubbery material or substance which is sprayed on the insides of the can, and it ensures that the double seam is tightly sealed.
You can choose from an array of seamers – from seamers with a single head to seamers with as many as 24 heads, and with each additional head, you can make your packaging and canning process a lot faster. With the proper seaming machine, you can have a more efficient process – and your special craft beer product can reach more customers in a shorter time, satisfying their demands as well.
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