Month: August 2017

Ice Machine Health Check List

Helping your icemaker keep up with demand…

Could your ice maker do with a health check?
The ice experts at Hubbard, who distribute the Scotsman range of ice makers, offer a few tips:

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Most pubs will have icemakers with air-cooled condensers, which means they’ll have an air filter.  This needs cleaning. If it gets clogged with dust it will make the ice maker less efficient, so you’ll get less ice.

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Similarly, keep any grills clean and clear of obstructions.
Your machine requires a constant airflow around it to ensure correct operation.

three
Got a warning light on? If your machine has self-diagnostics and it’s telling you what’s wrong, and it’s something you can fix (e.g. the air filter needs
cleaning), then sort it now. If not, don’t wait, get it seen to by your equipment service provider.

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Make sure you empty, clean and sanitise the storage bin on a
regular, weekly basis. If your machine is fitted with an anti-bacterial system, change the anti-bac bag every month.

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If the pump has a scale guard, regular cleaning will help prevent scale building up within the water system.

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Having a maintenance schedule for the components that need regular cleaning will help keep your equipment in peak condition.

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Water filters generally need to be changed every six months (more often in some areas) to ensure maximum productivity.  Make sure your filter has been changed within this timescale.

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Also check that the ice maker has been descaled and sanitised recently. Again this should be scheduled for every six months or more often in particularly hard water areas.

What’s a Safe Food Storage Temperature?

Recommended Temperature Guide
Please note apart from Blast Chillers & Freezers, all refrigerated storage and chilled display cabinets are holding cabinets, i.e. designed to store or display pre-chilled or pre-frozen foods only. Heated display cabinets are designed to hold pre-heated foods.
Display cabinets are designed for short-term display of foods, after service, chilled food should be moved to a chilled storage cabinet.

Type of Food Recommended Temperature
HOT FOODS 65°C (minimum 63°C)
CHILLED FOODS 3 / 5C (maximum 8°C)
FRESH MEAT -2 / +2°C
FRESH FISH -1 / +1°C *
FROZEN FOODS -18 / -22°C
SOFT SCOOP ICE CREAM -12 / -18°C (depends on type of ice cream)
WRAPPED ICE CREAM -20 / -24°C
CANS & BOTTLED BEVERAGES Personal choice (generally 1 / 10°C)
WHITE WINE Personal choice (generally 4 / 12°C)
RED WINE Personal choice (generally 14 / 20°C)

 

* Only specific cabinets control humidity and are designed to resist corrosion
The above are given for guidance only.

Fridges have a climate class, this tells you the range of ambient room temperature the fridge can operate within.

Climate Class 3 – ambient of 25 °C with 60% RH
Climate Class 4 – ambient of 30 °C with 55% RH
Climate Class 5 – ambient of 40 °C with 40% RH

and

N Class (temperature class) – ambient of +16 °C and +32 °C.
SN Class (extended temperature class) – ambient of +10 °C and +32 °C.
ST Class (sub-tropical class) -ambient of +18 °C and +38 °C.
T Class (Tropical class) – ambient of +18 °C and +43 °C.