the American Society of Brewer Chemists (ASBC) and Brewers Association (BA) are collaborating to produce a series of videos that demonstrate fundamental methods related to brewing microbiology. The first two videos in the series cover screening for beer-spoiling bacteria with HLP media and testing wort stability using a sterile sampling technique. Each video focuses on a distinct method and guides the viewer through effective execution in a real brewery environment.
Additional videos will be released to describe the essential methods for ensuring consistent production of high quality beer. ASBC and BA have prioritized techniques that require only the most essential lab tools that every brewery should have. The videos also serve as an introduction to the famous ASBC Analysis Methods. This invaluable resource provides industry professionals with the guidance needed to evaluate everything from barley and hops to wort and beer, as well as filtration aids, packaging materials and even methods of sensory analysis.
“It is absolutely vital for the modern craft brewer to ensure product quality, not only through sensory evaluation, but also by validating quality, consistency and microbiological stability through meaningful and objective internal testing,” said Jason Perkins, Master Brewer at Allagash Brewing Company and Chairman of the BA Quality Sub-Committee.
“Not knowing where to start when setting up a quality program can be a huge deterrent for craft brewers before even performing basic quality testing. For the craft brewer, it is crucial that quality testing information is easily accessible, scientifically accurate and can be applied without the need for a sophisticated laboratory or expensive equipment. Implementing a few basic microbiological, sensory and chemical tests from ASBC testing methods is an essential starting point for building quality in a brewery. This collaboration between the BA and ASBC is designed to demonstrate the simplicity of many of these methods via a series of videos, aimed at helping craft brewers launch their own quality system,” added Christine White, President of the BA. ‘ASBC.
For more information on this unique set of resources, visit ASBCnet.org and BrewersAssociation.org.