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Preventing and Removing Mold after Water Damage

October 14, 2016 No comments

When your business has been flooded, damaged in a hurricane, or severely affected by water through some other means, your first concern as you begin cleanup should be the presence of mold. Mold can not only irreparably damage your building and equipment, it can also affect your health. This danger, and the effort it takes to clean up the mold, increases the longer the mold is left to grow.

Now, if you find that the mold growth is extreme, your best bet is to call a professional, as they will be able to handle the mold effectively and without endangering others in the building. If the mold growth is still contained, or hasn’t started, there are several steps you can take to eliminate the spores.

Importance of Testing pH Levels in All Grain Beer Brewing

October 6, 2016 No comments

Brewing delicious grain beer relies on the pH level in your mash, as this directly impacts the flavor of your beer. pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It is measured on a scale from 0-14 with 7 being a neutral reading. A pH Reading below 7 would be considered “acidic”, and a pH reading above 7 would be “basic”.

Disaster Strikes Twice at the ZCBJ Building

October 5, 2016 No comments

In the early hours of July 23rd, 2014, a passerby noticed smoke and flames coming from the Chrome Horse Saloon & Slop House, a restaurant housed in the over 100-year-old ZCBJ building in downtown Cedar Rapids. The fire department responded quickly, but it was too late. Due to the intensity of the fire, by the time it was extinguished the building had suffered large amounts of smoke and fire damage, making it uninhabitable. The cause of the fire: spontaneous combustion of the restaurant’s greasy rags and towels in the middle of the night.

Mold in Your Cold Brew Coffee? Here is The Solution!

September 20, 2016 No comments

How to Keep Mold From Ruining Your Cold Brew Coffee

The solution to mold in cold brew coffee is so simple! It works for a home cold brew machine as well as a commercial Toddy Brew system. Sanitize it! After you brew, immediately dump the grounds into your compost container and then fill your upper cold brew chamber with water almost to the top. Mix in the proper amount of sanitation as directed by your sanitizer. Make certain the filter is still in place between the chambers. That little screen filter is the perfect spot for mold spores to produce and hide.

How To Clean Your Commercial Popcorn Machine

September 19, 2016 No comments

Popcorn machines are everywhere now, and not just as a money maker for concession stands. Corporate America has started using them as a relationship builder, as well as to help appeal and attract the best employees; many offices have added commercial popcorn machines and keep the popcorn hot, popped, and free as an employee “perk” all day long. Service businesses have incorporated popcorn machines into their lobbies and waiting rooms, providing free popcorn in an effort to build a better relationship with their customers.

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