White Labs introduces better vials
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White Labs Inc. has introduced new leakproof vials
for homebrewers that could set new industry standards for durability,
functionality, and sales.
The company recently unveiled the vials after a
two-year search that involved negotiations with major suppliers in the
United States and other countries as well as rigorous testing.
While the new vials cost considerably more both to
acquire and to ship, homebrew shops neednt worry. White Labs is
picking up the additional cost.
"We believe this is the best possible holding
vessel available anywhere, by any company," said Christopher White,
president of White Labs. "We think customers will agree."
The new vials represent a dramatic shift for the
company, which had used polyurethane tubes since its founding in 1995.
While the tubes held up considerably well under even extreme pressure,
the company lately had received calls that some of the vials had leaked.
When they heard of these concerns, company officials accelerated their
search for a long-term solution.
The vials they eventually settled on are made by a
company that has many years of experience producing packages for
industrial and commercial users.
Customers who have already received the new packages
say they are pleased.
"I just got our shipment in and am very
impressed with your improvements," Phil Mathis of Homebrew
Adventures (www.homebrew.com) wrote recently.
"I'm glad to see you listen to your customers
and worked to solve a problem that we were having. I looked forward to
all of us making some money on a quality product!"
Customers may soon have more things to be pleased
about. The company believes the vials will contribute to greater yeast
viability and health and could lead to longer "use before"
And unlike the previous vials, the new ones can be
recycled like normal soda bottles. But they are much more durable than
the average Coca Cola bottle.
The companys rigorous testing of the vials included
running them over with a car, throwing them against a wall and creating
new pressure in the vials by adding sugar. Despite the added pressure, the
vials still did not leak.
Like the previous vials, the new versions are two-ounce
containers that are packaged with a little more than one ounce of liquid
Settling on a new package leaves White Labs officials time
to do what they do best.
"We can now focus 100 percent on making the worlds
best yeast," White said.