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Alternative Beverage Manufacturing In the growing brewing world it is important to recognize other methods of fermentation that can expand beyond the barley/malt world. This topic broadly covers fermented malt beverages, hard seltzer, hard tea, low alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages that expand the brewing and fermentation portfolio of a brewery.
Barrel Aging & Maintenance The methods, considerations, and equipment utilized in barrel aging. Includes the science, microbiology, and taste profiles associated with analyzing and production of barrel-aged beers. Includes the methods and considerations associated with barrel manufacturing, material types, shapes, and maintenance
Brewery Cleaning & Sanitation Operational and measurement aspects that take place in this cleaning and sanitation processes of a brewery and the equipment and methods utilized. Links into category "Brewery Quality Assurance & Production Focused Micro"
Brewery Engineering, Project Management, & Maintenance The planning, engineering, integration, and maintenance aspects of the many brewery systems. Includes the factors that need to be included in a brewery's projects from Greenfield, upgrades, and expansions; Methods, approaches, and programs associated with maintenance; and spare parts, storeroom, and financial correlations impacting the bottom line. Includes production and equipment automation and the integration of inline instrumentation that provide the measurements and indices of the success of production, packaging, and utilities.
Brewery Quality Assurance, Analytical Aspects of safe food production, production-quality-focused details, methods, quality assurance programs, best practices, and handling recalls. Includes benchtop analyzers utilized and their analytical methods. The bridge between ASBC and Master Brewers. Includes brewing QA, packaging QA, and post-brewery product QA.
Brewery Safety The guidelines, methods, expectations, and measurements of working safely, developing a safety focused facility, engineering in operational safety aspects, and safety programs
Brewery Utilities Operations & Management Operational and measurement aspects that take place in the utility processes of a brewery, the equipment technologies utilized, and methods of operation. Includes topics associated with electricity, solar, steam, compressed air, NH3, CO2, N2, waste and waste treatment, and spent grains. For the topic of water, refer to category "Process Water"
Brewhouse Operations Operational and measurement aspects that take place in a brewery and the equipment utilized
Enzymes, Extracts, Other Ingredients The science and microbiology associated with enzymes, extracts, and general ingredients, from their creation, uses in production, measurement and analysis aspects, and resulting attributes. For the use of enzymes, extracts, and general ingredients in the brewing process, refer to categories "Brewery Brewhouse (Hot Side) Operations ," "Brewery Fermenting / Aging Cellar Operations," or "Brewery Finishing Cellar Operations" depending on the point of addition.
Fermentation & Cellar Operations Operational and measurement aspects that take place in this process area of a brewery and the equipment utilized
Finishing Operations & Stability Operational and measurement aspects that take place in this process area of a brewery and the equipment utilized
Food Safety Quality and safe food production methods, records, programs, and oversight organizations such as HACCP, SQF, GMP
Hops & Hop Processing The science and microbiology associated with hops, including growing, creation, production, measurement, and handling aspects. For the use of hops in the brewing process refer to categories "Brewery Brewhouse (Hot Side) Operations ," "Brewery Fermenting / Aging Cellar Operations," or "Brewery Packaging General Overall Operations" depending on the point of addition in beer production
LAB/Sour Beer Production The methods, considerations, and equipment utilized in the production of sour beer. Includes the science and microbiology associated with analyzing and production of sour beers utilized by the laboratory
Malt & Grains The science of growing, farming, malting, and roasting grains. Includes the science and microbiology associated with these.
Nutrition/Health The science and methods of analysis associated with nutrition and health-related attributes. Includes industry-related trends and labeling aspects of products
Packaging Operations Packaging area operations, efficiencies, manpower, organization, and quality, including bottling, canning, kegging, and handling operations. The methods, considerations, and equipment utilized in the production and handling of packaging containers.
Sensory The science and methods of product sensory including training, programs, and industry trends
Sustainability Topic related to the impacts a brewery has on its surroundings, community, and environment. May have a correlation with brewery process categories as related to the brewery and the production of products. Can also have relevance to the production of the raw materials utilized in the production of beer and the materials utilized in the handling and delivery and distribution of products to the consumer
Water, Process Water The science and microbiology associated with water, including analyzing, filtration, chemical adjustment, measurement aspects.
Wine, Spirit, Cider, Mead Related The methods, considerations, and equipment utilized in the production of wine, spirits, ciders and mead-related products. Includes the science and microbiology associated with analyzing and production of these products as utilized by the laboratory. May include categories listed within that cross-over into the brewing industry that are or may be relevant to the brewing industry. Also may include items such as government affairs, marketing, advertising, wine and spirits industry trends, and new products that impact the brewing and adult beverage industry
World Class Management/Education Strategies, methods, programs, and indicators utilized in the establishment of a brewery, managing a brewery, and developing and education personnel
Yeast, Fermentation Science, Microbiology The science and microbiology associated with yeast, including culturing, creation, production, and measurement aspects.