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Author: Amy and Julie

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A podcast about quality control in the brewery
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Ellen has been at Switchback Brewing Co. for five years. Learn how she got started in the beer industry and found her way into the lab at Switchback, and iconic Vermont brewery. Ellen shares her day to day tasks, what types of media she uses for looking for microbial spoilers and hoe she decided which ones to use in the brewery. Find out some of the resources she used when just starting out and what her favorite part of working at this employee owned brewery is.
Oxygen in the brewery, where you want it, where you don't. How to measure, where to measure, when to measure and tips on how to reduce and control unwanted oxygen pickup. A must listen for all packaging breweries! Resources:https://www.mbaa.com/meetings/archive/2019conference/proceedings/Documents/2019Presentations/14_Bell.pdfhttps://www.mbaa.com/meetings/districtpresentations/DistrictPresentations/2013_02_07-DO%20in%20Breweries.pdfhttps://www.hach.com/cms-portals/hach_com/cms/documents/pdf/LIT2149-how-to-measure-DO-in-a-brewery.pdf
SOPs

SOPs

2020-02-2428:40

In this episode we cover how to write an SOP, what sections to include, and why you need SOPs in your brewery!
Sensory Part 2

Sensory Part 2

2020-02-0935:18

Find out how we set up our taste panels, the pros and cons or pass/fail vs. number scales, descriptions and causes of six common off flavors and how to avoid them in your breweryhttps://www.weberscientific.com/aroxa-uno-kit-beer-flavor-standards-cara-technologieshttps://portal-siebel.lallemand.com/sensory-training-kitshttps://www.flavoractiv.com/beverage/beer/https://www.bjcp.org/docs/Beer_faults.pdf
Sensory Part 1

Sensory Part 1

2020-01-1227:22

Sensory evaluation is one of the most important parts of a quality program. Learn how we set up our panels, what you need to get started, on and off flavor training, and how to evaluate beer.
Cell counting

Cell counting

2019-12-3028:34

Cell counting is a great way to improve the consistency and quality of your fermentation. We cover the basics to get you started and leave you with some resources to keep going.
No budget, no problem

No budget, no problem

2019-12-1633:00

Learn how to start a quality program in your brewery with no money. Today we cover document control, data analysis, gravity tracking, beer library, consumer complaint logs and more. Don't let expensive equipment stand in the way of starting your quality program, start today! 
Quality Control Basics

Quality Control Basics

2019-12-0125:38

What is quality?In this episode we cover the basic categories of a quality control program in your brewery - sensory, micro, chemistry and packaging. We discuss what you need to think about when starting a quality control program - who, what, when, where, and why.  We cover some hurdles you're likely to face and how to overcome them. 
Let's talk about quality  control in the brewery. Starting a lab in your brewery, or expanding on your current quality program, doesn't have to be hard. Amy and Julie talk about why you need a quality program in your brewery and how they got started in the beer world.
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