In the UK, the drinks market is in the middle of a huge craft beer boom. Across the nation microbreweries are seeking to champion their own exquisite flavours and brewing processes.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnything from tart \u2018sours\u2019 to \u2018coffee porters\u2019 has led the craft beer movement to having a huge boost in sales and growth in recent years. In fact, 6.5% of all beer sales in the UK are currently attributed to the sector.\r\n\r\nThere are over 2,000\u00a0microbreweries now in production in the UK and the craft beer scene isn\u2019t showing any glimpses of slowing down just yet. But when it comes to creating quality over quantity, there\u2019s no mistaking that running a microbrewery can be an incredibly energy-intensive process. \r\n\r\nA huge challenge faced by those who want to produce their own artisan beer is their choice of energy supply and how to best keep costs to a minimum. Here, Flogas, who supply gas cylinders, have some words of wisdom for those looking to kick-start their own successful brewery.\u00a0\r\nEquipment is key\r\nIf you\u2019re not making a profit, your dreams will come crashing down, no matter how passionate you may be about brewing your own beer. One way to ensure this doesn\u2019t happen is to choose an energy strategy that will reduce your usage and keep costs down. Microbreweries can be notoriously difficult to get off the ground financially, so by doing this, you can help boost your company\u2019s profit margins.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nMake sure the first thing you do is choose the correct equipment to get you up and running. One of the main components in the brewing process is the mash system, which is commonly made up of the following:\r\n\r\n \tMash tank\u00a0\u2013 Steeps barley into hot water and converts grain starches into fermentable sugars \r\n \tLauter tun\u00a0\u2013 Separates the wort (or liquid) from the solids of the mash (much like a sieve)\r\n \tSteam generator\u00a0\u2013 Heats the kettle, which is then brought to a controlled temperature before the hops are added\r\n \tMalt mill - Crushes the grain in preparation for brewing \r\n \tWort Pump\u00a0- Re-circulates the mash for a higher efficiency, enhancing the clarity and quality of the brew \r\n \tPlate Heat Exchanger\/Wort Chiller\u00a0\u2013 Quickly cools the hot wort ready for fermentation \r\n\r\nThis will see the mashing stage covered. Further to this, you\u2019ll need a fermentation system (where yeast is added and sugar turns into alcohol), a cooling system (to prevent bacteria growth and where beer can be stored ready for sale), a filtering system (to get rid of sediment for a higher-quality product) and, of course, not forgetting the sterilisation equipment (to ensure that bacteria doesn\u2019t spoil your next batch of beer). \u00a0\r\nThe proof is in the hops\r\nChoosing your ingredients will also dramatically impact your beer\u2019s flavour and consistency. With so many variations available, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating something truly unique. But not matter how distinctive the taste, you\u2019ll find all craft beer is made up the following key components:\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nWater -\u00a0It may sound obvious, but water makes up around 90 percent of any beer.\r\n\r\nThe pH and mineral content of your chosen water, as well as if it\u2019s hard or soft, can also affect the end result.\r\n\r\nBarley -\u00a0Barley plays a key role in the alcohol percentage of your beer and can dramatically affect the body, taste and aroma of your finished product.\r\n\r\nHops -\u00a0Ever wondered where your favourite beer gets its distinctive flavour? Chances are it\u2019s the hops. There are around 170 variations, meaning there\u2019s plenty of choice when it comes to playing with flavour.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nYeast -\u00a0An invisible but key ingredient to any good beer - yeast has been used in beer brewing for centuries. Essentially a fungus, yeast eats the sugars created in the malting process. By allowing it to ferment and feed off the sugars, alcohol is created as a byproduct.\r\nPowering your microbrewery\r\nLaunching your own microbrewery certainly isn\u2019t something you should take lightly. It\u2019s definitely no easy feat. Along with all the complications of the brewing process,\u00a0the last thing you\u2019ll want to worry about is extortionate energy prices, or an unreliable supply. \u00a0\u00a0Whether you\u2019re connected to the grid and need a highly competitive deal, or you\u2019re operating in a rural location and you\u2019re looking for a dependable supply, make sure you choose wisely. \r\n\r\nIf you are thinking of choosing LPG, (and are currently using oil or solid fuels), it\u2019s worth knowing that LPG is a cleaner, cheaper and more efficient fuel \u2013 one that could bring you major savings on your energy costs. With the lowest CO2 emissions of any fossil fuel, it\u2019ll also mean a lower carbon footprint for your microbrewery.