For some, however, a taste of success makes them want to take things further, to scale up and develop a pastime into a profession. Never a job like working in an office, but a business venture nonetheless. And why not, when the demand is there and you’re creating brews people love?
This is the point where, retaining the art of the process, you can turn to more practical tools to maintain the consistency of your brews without losing the artistry, so that every time drinkers choose a particular label or style, they get the same experience that brought them to you in the first place.
The art of great brewing is in the wisdom, intuition and inspiration that goes into recipe design and ingredient selection.
From then on, it’s about making the process repeatable, efficient and cost-effective. And this is where automation comes in, giving brewers the ability to document what goes into a great beer and repeat, repeat, repeat.
In technical terms, automation can provide accurate brew house control, making each step more efficient and meaning more brews per day. Having fermentation temperature control drives batch quality and consistency.
State-of-the-art equipment reduces the need to tend to the process manually and boosts productivity. It cuts energy and utility costs.
For example, an automatic pH meter that shows when equipment is rinsed free of chemicals means more cost-effective and sustainable cleaning processes.
For brewers who have moved beyond brewing as a hobby, automation is the simple way to increase capacity and maintain product quality without having to invest big money in new systems.