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Thwaites Brewery, Blackburn.

Smart Storm have won yet another new contract with Thwaites one of the UK’s oldest traditional Breweries. Founded in 1807. Thwaites produce a wide range of quality cask ales including the core range and limited edition Signature Ale range which was launched in 2011. 2012 saw the introduction of the Quarterly Favourites range featuring the four most popular beers from the 2011 Signature Ale range. Thwaites is often signified by its Shire Horses which have won the world-renowned National Championship seven times, which is the ultimate achievement and recognition for a Shire horse and its team.

Thwaites now concentrate brewing only for its estate of around 270 pubs, a small but growing group of characterful coaching inns known as Thwaites Inns of Character and six four-star full service regional hotels and spas, which traded under the Shire Hotels banner until 2016 when they were brought under the Thwaites brand.

In 2018, Thwaites are moving from its large town centre site in Blackburn to a new purpose built brewery and Shire stables (see photo) in a beautiful wooded area on the outskirts of Blackburn.

Smart Storm are delighted to won the contract with this prestigious company to install its pH balancing tank and waste water monitoring systems. Smart Storms expertise in pH balancing is  well known and we have now produced solutions for 5 breweries in the last two years. Smart Storms Universal Smart Instrument (USI) designed specifically for trade effluent measurement and control combines a flow meter, data logger, pH meter and water quality meter all in a single instrument. This reduces costs because a single instrument replaces multiple instruments but also reduces wiring and installation costs. Data can be sent straight to your computer via GPRS modem so you are always in control of your day to day waste water discharge.

Dr John Duffy, managing Director of Smart Storm comments “Normally, we install treatment plants as an afterthought which can cause horrendous logistical problems on sites but in this case it was great that Thwaites had the foresight to identify their needs at the start of their new build.

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