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Refrigerated Container Cleaning: 4 Things to Know

When you own or rent a refrigerated container, it’s important to keep it clean, especially in between storage jobs. Here are 4 things you need to know about cleaning your refrigerated container. 

There are multiple levels of cleanliness

Clean doesn’t have one meaning for refrigerated containers. There are 3 common levels of cleanliness: physical, chemical, and microbiological. Physically clean containers appear clean to the naked human eye. To get your container physically clean, you may just need to sweep front to back, vacuum, and wash the container. The next level of cleanliness is chemical- in this case, you need to take steps to eliminate residues that could allow the growth of microorganisms. This may involve more significant cleaning procedures like using additional solvents and chemicals. Lastly, microbiologically clean containers are truly and completely clean- this thorough level of cleaning ensures there are no residues or microorganisms left. 

Cleaning steps depend on what is being stored

Depending on what you are using in different storage situations, different cleaning steps are necessary. For many situations, high-pressure hot water washes or steam cleans are a common standard for cleanliness. But this may not cut it sometimes. 

If your container has previously held dangerous or hazardous materials, you may need to take some extra steps. A preliminary assessment of potential dangers from the container is crucial, so the cleaning team can wear the proper personal protective equipment. For instance, there may be potential chemical reactions between the hot water or steam wash and chemical residue in the container. In addition to a baseline clean, there may need to be additional cleaning steps taken. As mentioned above, different levels of cleanliness are appropriate for different situations. 

Cleaning isn’t always enough, though. In some cases, using containers for some things can even make the containers not suitable for other uses in the future. Food grade containers, for example, can’t have been used for many lower grade materials. Always plan your container use based on what you know you’ll need to store in the future. 

Some large-scale cleaning projects use robots

For some companies that have a large number of containers to clean, it can be more efficient to invest in a robotic cleaner. Robotic technology can be programmed to specific cleaning needs, dialing in on a high degree of precision. These machines can clean mass numbers of containers much more quickly than humans. Plus, using them can be much safer when dangerous materials are present. 

There are ‘green’ cleaning options for refrigerated containers

In some situations, there are some environmentally-friendly cleaning options. For example, some people use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to rub down and treat rust patches. In general, you should always try to use the least environmentally-harmful methods that meet your level of cleanliness. If there’s a less harmful but equally effective substitute for that solvent you were going to use, it’s your responsibility to choose the less harmful option. 

Moon Mini Refrigeration offers flexible rental periods, multiple container sizes, great prices, and top-notch customer service. To rent a refrigerated container today, give us a call at 502-772-2821.

4 Ways The Craft Beer Industry Uses Cold Storage Units For Brewing

The brewery industry in Kentucky has exploded in recent years. It currently accounts for over $227 million of the economy and is growing quickly. Quicker than almost any other state, in fact. According to a study by C+R Research in 2019, Kentucky has had the second highest growth in the number of breweries among all states, with a 43% increase since 2015. In this exciting brewery boom, cold storage plays a vital role. Here are four ways that breweries and brewers in Kentucky rely on cold storage units for brewing and beyond.

1. Lagering

One of the ways cold storage helps make great beer occurs during the brewing process. This is particularly true for styles of beer that use a process called lagering. In lagering, brewers ferment beer in cold or near-freezing temperatures. Properly managing the fermentation temperature is one of the most important aspects of brewing a great lager-style beer. This is because the byproducts produced by lager yeast during fermentation are kept at lower concentrations with proper cooling, which helps keep out undesired palate notes in beer.

Lager-style beers are also matured in cold storage for several weeks later on in the brewing process. The ability to adjust and hold temperatures with precision for weeks at a time is important at this stage of lagering.

But it’s not just one style of beer that uses these techniques. In fact, many brewers use cold conditioning practices at the tail end of brewing several styles of beer to eliminate haze and improve stability and taste.

Fun fact: the use of cold storage in brewing today has deep historical roots. Before modern refrigeration, German brewers used to store beer in caves to keep it cold during fermentation. Breweries that use cold storage units for brewing today are following in the footsteps of some of the great brewers in history!

2. Ensuring temperature consistency before and after brewing

Cold storage can help a key beer ingredient stay fresh before brewing: hops. After harvest, hops can have extended and healthier timelines in cold storage. With fresher ingredients available for longer periods of time, brewers have more flexibility and better materials to make great beer.

On the other end of the production timeline, keeping beer at a consistent temperature during product storage is key to providing consistent and great taste for consumers. Refrigeration is crucial for stable storage temperatures, for every location from on-site storage at breweries to festivals and other events.

3. Preventing light contamination

There’s another important reason brewers may use refrigerated units for their beer- to keep their beer in the dark. Exposure to UV rays can cause skunking, where unpleasant smells and tastes develop in beer. Beer that has been contaminated by light, even for a short amount of time, may become skunked. By storing beer in an enclosed refrigeration container, breweries are able to prevent skunking and keep their beers tasting as they intended.

4. Helping with on-site logistics

Using a cold storage unit can also help brewers save on space and construction costs. Refrigeration units provide on-site storage that doesn’t require a dedicated room indoors or an off-site space. If a brewery has a small footprint or limited budget for construction, a cold storage unit on-site is the perfect solution. Whether for long-term storage needs or short-term ones like inventory overflow and broken refrigerators, cold storage units are a great fit.

Moon Mini Refrigeration offers flexible rental periods, multiple container sizes, great prices, and top-notch customer service. To rent a refrigerated container today, give us a call at 502-772-2821.


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Refrigerated Containers in Lexington Kentucky

As the second largest city in Kentucky, Lexington is a sports lover’s paradise. Officially dubbed the “Horse Capitol of the World,” the city is home to notable tracks such as Keeneland race course and The Red Mile (the second oldest track in the U.S.) where many large scale events are put on annually. In addition to the equestrian culture, Lexington hosts many sporting events in Rupp Arena and Kroger Field. Both of which are home to the University of Kentucky’s division 1 athletic teams.

Locally owned and operated out of Louisville, Kentucky, Moon Mini Refrigeration has extensive experience assisting in catering special events throughout Kentuckiana. As with any sporting event, refrigeration is often required to keep concessions fresh. With a large inventory of refrigerated containers in Lexington Kentucky available for rent, Moon Mini Refrigeration is often able to offer cold storage on even the shortest of notice.

4 Benefits of Renting Refrigerated Containers in Lexington Kentucky

1. Walk-In Storage

Moon Mini Refrigeration’s 10 foot portable walk in cooler is particularly well suited for catering sporting events. The 10 inch freezer can be easily placed indoors or outdoors for readily available access to goods throughout the duration of a sporting event. Additionally, these coolers come with a heavy duty locking door that features a safety release, an exterior temperature gauge, interior lighting and detachable wheels.

2. Energy Efficiency

All of Moon’s refrigerated containers are equipped with state of the art technology. Powered by electricity, each unit offers quiet and energy efficient refrigeration. This eliminates the cost and hassles often associated with other diesel powered refrigerated trailers.

3. Flexible Rental Terms

Whether the need for cold storage is short or long term, Moon Mini Refrigeration is able to offer flexible rental periods. We understand the ebb and flow of seasonal demands. In the case of a broken unit, our refrigerated containers can quickly provide temporary cold storage so no product is lost. With three sizes available, we can provide optimal cold storage space that meets your needs.

4. Technical Support

Upon delivery, our technician will provide set up assistance to ensure all of the proper electrical requirements are met. After a simple hookup, we will also go over how to operate the container and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

As one of Kentucky’s largest full service leasing companies, we are known for providing top notch customer service. We look forward to supporting the sporting community of Lexington, Kentucky for many years. To rent a refrigerated container in Lexington Kentucky, contact us at 502-772-2821!