2.1 Important considerations for commercial brewing
Brewing can be considered in the same way as any other commercial manufacturing process – essentially you are scaling up a small-scale production (comparable to your own home brew) to an industrial process used by many of the leading breweries today.
Activity 1 Scaling up brewing
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In the following video James from Hook Norton talks about the challenges involved in scaling up from their microbrewery to the main brewery.
Based on the video, what specific challenges are involved in brewing on a commercial scale?
- Trial and error is still needed to progress from brewing on the laboratory scale to commercial manufacturing.
- Beer is technically considered a ‘food substance’ and hence is subject to food safety guidelines.
- Flavour, taste, odour and appearance all have to be consistent in commercial brews and so frequent human sampling is required.
- All ingredients used for commercial brewing must have traceable origins.