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u/splatoutlikealizard · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

A reply you've made makes it sound like they don't yet have a lab. So you are setting up a lab? Fun times!

First, micro is a fraction (large time consuming fraction) of what you'll need to know. Chemical/analytical testing will make up another, say, 1/4. Someone has linked the ASBC methods. This is a great place to start. Brush up on GLP if it's been a while since you've practiced other science streams.

Specifically regarding lab start up, ASBC also has a guide for what you should be testing at different production volumes:

Take this as a minimum. More is better, but depending if they are kegging/bottling/whatever not all of it will be relevant.

Expect paperwork review and filing. Shouldn't be too much of a shock coming from a lab. It's not glamorous but it is what it is.

Are they also looking at QA? This will include things like verification, validation, calibration, preventative maintenance, FDA/other food authorities, food safety, cleaning review, auditing, SOP generation and update, training, labelling, acrobatics etc.

Sensory! Can you taste beer? Can you detect faults? Check you ego; you probably don't. But that's okay. Get a sensory training program up and running. This should include training and review of their beers as well as basic defect training using flavour standards. If you haven't accepted you know nothing; these at 1x threshold will get you there. There's also great resources on setting up blind/triangular/etc training on their site:

Speaking of egos; you mentioned home brewing. We have all met home Brewers that like to tell us about how they know more than us about our jobs. Don't be that guy/gal. Yes it is helpful that you understand the basics and we know you like beer, but that's about as useful as it gets. It's unlikely you'll be writing recipes or making beer.

Some good reading;

u/zVulture · 3 pointsr/TheBrewery

This is my full list of books from /r/homebrewing but it includes pro level books:

New Brewers:

u/T-Bills · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery
  1. I recommend reading this list of things pros wish they'd do differently

  2. Starting a brewery is not as simple as starting a restaurant. I recommend Beer School by the founders of Brooklyn Brewery. It outlines every step of the process and their personal experience. After reading that you should have a pretty good idea - what's needed, what are the major steps etc. Pro tip: this is an older book so your local libraries could have it to borrow for free.

  3. Just to save you some time, here are some things to consider

    > like a food truck but for beer

    This is not legal in any US state AFAIK. Maybe it's possible with a permit at festivals, but definitely not freely on the street.

    > Is a 1 bbl system worth it in your opinion

    1bbl = 2x 15.5 gal kegs. That's not a lot of beer for your time from a business stand point. Pros can chime in and tell you that to brew 50bbl or 1bbl takes the same steps and not much more time for 50bbl. Probably not even 2x the time. You can do the math how brewing 1bbl is not a good financial decision.

    > the difference in competition

    Keep in mind the more competition there is, the more you need to stand out. You can assume that in highly competitive markets such as Portland, breweries with bad products/management/marketing will not survive. Thus you need a really really great plan for your products/management/marketing (or all) to get people in the door. Having good beers is a given and not a competitive advantage.
u/IcarusBrewing · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

Really depends what end of brewing you're trying to make your way into. Brewing theory is nice and all, but unless you're going into the Engineering end at a much larger brewery it might be more than you ever need. I've read the gamut at this point but these two have remained helpful:

I'd suggest reading through Beer by Dr. Bamforth, he runs the Brewing (Food Science) program at UC Davis and theres a wealth of knowledge you can gain out of it

Slightly more advanced is Brewing by Michael J Lewis, gets a bit more into the Food Chemistry end of brewing, but still plenty to gain.

u/cptderekwildstar · 1 pointr/TheBrewery

you can order up some foam replica swords for longclaw and needle. off amazon, and raffle them off as prizes.

lots of fun stuff like that, get wigs for characters in GoT for your taproom staff, guys get curly locks like john snow, ladies, long red hair like sansa stark, or long blond danyris wigs.


You could order up some of these and put em up in the tap room from the various houses.



Some other cool giveaway gifts,



as you can tell im also in charge of my breweries events and entertainment, lol

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u/JoobabyBrewer · 1 pointr/TheBrewery

Bought one pair on sale and loved them. Comfortable and lots of support. But within less than 4 months the laces broke and the stitching ripped. Brewboots replaced my first pair for free but the second pair went the same way in a couple of months. The idea was good but the product was just not up to par.

I have had a great experience with these wolverine boots so far.

u/pollodelamuerte · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

Have you grabbed the Quality Management book yet?

I'm just getting into the industry but from what I'm seeing it sounds like you are definitely doing awesome work!

u/rdcpro · 7 pointsr/TheBrewery

Most breweries would want to know at least:

  • Calcium (Ca+2),
  • Magnesium (Mg+2)
  • Sulfates (SO4-2)
  • Sodium (Na+)
  • Chloride (Cl-)
  • Bicarbonate / Alkalinity

    Brewers sometimes add minerals to our water to control things like perceived bitterness, mash pH, etc. Certain beer styles "require" water with certain mineral profiles. For example, Pilseners are often brewed with very soft water, similar to the water in Pilsen, Cech Republic. Certain British styles might use hard water with a lot of sulfates. I'm being somewhat ambiguous, because lots of people will say they brew pilseners with hard water, and ESB with soft water.

    There is a great book on it written by John Palmer, a legend in the brewing world. If you're interested in water as it relates to brewing, I'd highly recommend it.
u/thegarysharp · 3 pointsr/TheBrewery

Yes, he lives in DC. He consulted (or consults?) with Modern Times in CA. He wrote American Sour Beers which I highly recommend. He's also pretty active in /r/homebrewing answering questions from people like me who are just getting into making sour beers.

u/throw_away_612 · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

There's a famous line "If You Have to Ask the Price, You Can't Afford It" but when it comes to breweries that extends to blood, sweat and tears. The factors vary so much that you're going to hear a range of answers based on: market, legal bullshit, owners & experience. In Minneapolis most breweries open four to six months behind schedule and I'm guessing it's a 500k-1m investment.

If I were in your shoes I would do two things. First, read every book out there on the brewing industry (start here and here). Then I would talk to your local brewers guild and breweries to answer these questions. If you were doing this in MN everyone would be fairly honest and supportive plus you'd get better answers than reddit (no offense). Cheers!

u/stega_megasaurus · 6 pointsr/TheBrewery

Can I add - Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery .. reading it right now and enjoying the story of the business start up and its growth.

u/Sla5021 · 1 pointr/TheBrewery

This is the correct answer.

I'm currently reading Wood & Beer: A Brewer's Guide in anticipation for futre grown in the area. It's been a dry read but believe it or not, far more informative than I figured. Highly recommend to anyone who cares about the process.

u/bbddbdb · 1 pointr/TheBrewery

Take notes on your phone as he is telling you things, if it’s something really involved take a video of him explaining it to you. It helps to have notes and people like when they don’t have to repeat their instructions a bunch of times.

Also, start to pick up some books to familiarize yourself with the process. There are 4 books in this series and it’s pretty informative.

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation (Brewing Elements)

u/trimalchio-worktime · 6 pointsr/TheBrewery

FYI everyone, endoscopes of very useful lengths are available for ~$40 and connect to your phone so it's no longer the specialty equipment that it once was

u/T1978_sach · 4 pointsr/TheBrewery

Principles Of Brewing Science

Yeast and also Water, Malt and Hops, a very informative series.

Also Oxford Companion to Beer is a great reference to look up general questions or terms.

u/LambdaStar · 3 pointsr/TheBrewery

I'll 2nd Yeast. Best purchase you can make on this issue.

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u/levader · 7 pointsr/TheBrewery

Always do a streak plate first to get isolated colonies. Then aseptically transfer 8-10 of the most uniform colonies to 5 mL sterile media, then 50 mL, then 500 mL allowing for 24 hrs of growth in each volume. The exact volume isn't super critical, but increasing each by a factor of 10 is typical.

Highly recommend the Yeast book from Brewing Elements series:

u/laenedo · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

We've made a Saison with Rhubarb and used the process described in The Homebrewer's Almanac ( Chopped it finely, covered with water in a small kettle/saucepan, reduced that down into a syrup and racked the finished beer onto that in secondary. The aroma and flavor came through nicely.

u/Adam2uBer · 9 pointsr/TheBrewery

Brewing by Lewis and Young.

It's a good book on all the scientific aspects of beer. From malting to fermentation. This was the book I was assigned in my Brewing Science course.

u/ShootsieWootsie · 3 pointsr/TheBrewery

If you haven't read it already, this is a fantastic book. It will answer just about every yeast question you'll ever have about yeast. I make all my new employees read the whole Brewing Elements series as part of their training here.

u/tsulahmi2 · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

New Brewing Lager Beer by Noonan (It's about more than just lagers)

u/GhostSheets · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

I think water (specifically YOUR water) and recipes will play the biggest part. Read this book.

A stout may call for a 5.6 or 5.7 pH where as an IPA will typically be around 5.1 to 5.3 depending on the style. There are general recommendations on how much your pH should fluctuate post mash but there are many many considerations. The pH of a stout will fluctuate differently post boil and after fermentation differently than an IPA would. So many factors. Base, adjuncts, sugars, yeast selection, etc.

It's a question that doesn't have a quick answer.

For an IPA we (WE) shoot for a mash pH range of 5.1 to 5.3.
On avg, post boil we expect it to be .3 lower. This is dependent on gear and boil off rate.
Final beer between 4.0 and 4.3.

Depending on dry hop and hop variety that number may go up or down .2

Those are my numbers.