Brews like clockwork
The MicroCube has been up and running since early December. “We’d run extensive tests, during which we fine-tuned quite a lot of things. But now the MicroCube is performing superbly; given it’s so small it’s a really fine specimen. Our brewmaster, too, is very satisfied, the beer tastes just great, and after all, that’s the main thing,” says Philip with a laugh. He can’t complain about inadequate utilisation, because since it was started up the MicroCube has been running full throttle. “Of course, we had to top up our beer stocks that were gradually dwindling away, what with the move and all that. So in the first seven weeks, we produced about ten brews, i.e. 100 hectolitres,” says Dominik. Eulchen fills these into bottles, which are supplied to selected supermarkets and restaurants in a 50-kilometre radius around Mainz. This regional focus is deliberate “because we think that beer needs a homeland – and that it tastes best there,” explains Philip. In the summer months, most of the beer is filled in kegs, because Eulchen’s own catering outlets are veritable crowd-pullers.
Eulchen is satisfied not only with Krones’ technology, but also with the people behind it, says Leonidas. “We’re reassured to know that if any problem crops up we’re in safe hands. Because the response time is exceptionally fast.” From the very first contact, both of them felt they made the right choice of vendor. “Krones may be a huge corporation, but nonetheless it’s run like a family firm. We knew that we have a contact person available immediately for any question we might have,” says Philip, and Leinidas adds: “Measured by the size of our project, too, we were very pleasantly surprised by the amount of trouble the guys at Krones took to find an immediate solution to every problem. We’re really very satisfied.”
Eulchen’s goal is to run the MicroCube at its maximum capacity - which after all would be around 8,000 hectolitres a year. “We notice that we’ve been having very substantial growth in the last few years. And the initial plans are now actually almost outdated. In the near future, a few tanks will definitely follow. There’s enough space here on the premises,” comments Philip.
The buoyant demand and the undeniable success go to show: the good people of Mainz award Eulchen top marks – as, by the way, did Leonidas’ and Philip’s Professor five years ago: their bachelor’s thesis was graded (what else?) 1.0.