Beer monitoring systems in your pub

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Most pub chains have beer monitoring systems fitted on the dispense equipment in their pubs. They allow the pub company to monitor how much beer the pub sells and compare with how much is bought. The manager like myself has to accept as accurate the information these systems relay back to HQ. Any discrepancies and you are fined the difference, thousands of pounds sometimes, I know.
I would like to know how accurate these systems are. My own system has been installed for about six years. Like all technologies things can go wrong. How do I know the system is working properly? The system is never checked or serviced.A faulty beer flow monitor could send incorrect readings and over a period cost me thousands of pounds in “FINDS”.
I never buy in but have been find. It is just assumed that the system is never wrong. Nice work for the pub chain, lots of money for nothing. These systems should be open for checking from both sides not just the pub chain.
Heads the pub chain wins ,tails you lose!!

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  1. Brulines turn up and check the calibration of the system at our end once a year.They do this realtime,on the phone to the office at the same time as pulling off beer so that any faults can be identified as tested.They have been known to come out to fix a fault that we didn’t know we had.

    We are supposed to be credited by Punch for beer used during this process but this takes a bit of doing.Doris used to march the techy bod up to the cashpoint before he’d let them start.

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    We are supposed to be credited by Punch for beer used during this process but this takes a bit of doing.Doris used to march the techy bod up to the cashpoint before he’d let them start.
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    Nice one, that can up to a size-able sum (would that be the retail price?)at the end of the day they milk every penny out of you, so why make it easy for them

  3. They are constantly monitoring calibration, as well, they aren’t precise. The monitoring systems are not reliable.
    And they will not stand up in court.
    Here’s something from the BBC in Dec 20122:

    Brulines, the beer flow monitoring equipment, is covered by the Weights and Measures Act if a pub is fined for buying outside the tie, Business Minister Ed Davey confirmed today.

    Speaking to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC), the minister faced scrutiny on the decision to support self-regulation of the pubco-tenant relationship.

    He said the system could fall within the regulations if used as evidence to issue fines against licensees.

    He confirmed this would mean local trading standards would come “into play”.

    All this basically means that if a Pubco/brewery is trying to fine you by monitoring with Brulines, they are then are answerable to Weights & Measures. Because Brulines is unreliable, Weights & Measures will basically say that any fine is illegal, as Brulines cannot be used as proof.

    If you get wind of getting a fine from your Pubco, call in your local trading standards to have a word.

    All of this is of course in principle….

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