Brewology keystone extractor

The Fuller’s KSE machine manufactured by Brewology, the Leeds based brewing equipment specialist.


Leeds design and manufacturing company Brewology has completed a major project for independent London brewer Fuller Smith and Turner plc (Fuller’s).

A specialist supplier to the brewing industry, Brewology won a £200,000-plus contract to support the famous brewer’s investment in a state-of the-art packaging line at the historic Chiswick brewery.

Brewology was asked to devise a de-keystoning and de-shiving solution for used casks which would achieve 380 casks per hour as an integral part of the new ‘robot line’ to streamline cleaning efficiency.

The company designed, trialled and built the Keystone Extractor (KSE) — the first of its type to be produced by three year old Brewology — on a fast-track system which saw designs finalised with Fuller’s in just two months, production commenced and the KSE commissioned ready to hit the demanding scheduled launch date on time.

More than 2,000 parts were tooled, with 1,200 crafted by Brewology engineers. The KSE can handle a variety of cask sizes and has achieved 480 firkin (72 pints) casks per hour.

Managing director, David Grant, said: “As a young, fast growing, Leeds business of engineering craftsmen supplying to beer craftsmen, we were especially delighted to help London’s most historic but forward-thinking brewery with their investment for the future.

“This is a fine example of Brewology working with the customer to create a bespoke solution to a complex challenge on time and on budget. From our Leeds base we are offering cutting edge brewing technology to a burgeoning industry nationwide.”

Brewology can supply an extensive range of brewery services from complete brew-house turnkey solutions to software development, state-of- the-art automation, and spares. The company has been supported by Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP).