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Collective Motion Brewing, a brewery equipment specialist, is experiencing a surge in demand from independent breweries investing in their facilities to increase their self-sufficiency and reduce running costs.

The Bradford-based company has received orders from breweries across the UK who are upgrading and expanding their own brewing facilities and harnessing technology to eliminate the expense of out-sourced services.

Commenting on this trend, Dominic Smith, director at Collective Motion Brewing, said: “While the core elements of their operation are carried out in-house, many SMEs rely on external suppliers for some of the more expensive processes involved in the day-to-day running of a brewery, from keg washing to carbonation.

“Having that capability on their own premises enables higher efficiency, lower overheads and faster turnaround. Brewers are increasingly thinking about the long-term and realising that investing now can deliver big savings in the future.”

Farm Yard Brew Co, based in Lancashire, is one of many independent brewers to identify the potential cost savings. The company commissioned Collective Motion Brewing to refurbish a second-hand keg washer-filler machine and oversee its installation along with software, pipelines and a steam boiler. 

Steve Holmes, Farm Yard Brew Co founder and managing director, was delighted with the results: “The combined purchase and installation costs of the second-hand machine amounted to around £40,000, saving us between £90,000 to £100,000 on the equivalent costs for a brand new machine.

“We used to outsource our keg washing, but doing it in-house is making big savings on running costs. Washing previously cost us £6 per keg and now it’s just £2.50 per keg, not to mention all the time savings involved. We think that the machine will pay for itself within two years.”

Based in Radcliffe, near Bury, Brightside Brewing had similar objectives when they approached Collective Motion Brewing to supply a brand-new kegging machine alongside a refurbished carbonation kit and a refurbished filtration kit.

Lance Friedrich, brewery director at Brightside Brewing, was equally impressed with Collective Motion Brewing: “We’re very happy with the results – it has improved our efficiency and we estimate that it will save us around £50,000 per year in running costs.”

Collective Motion Brewing supplies brand new and second-hand equipment throughout the UK, backed by full technical support and maintenance services.

For further information, visit their website at

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