Happy New Year from BrewLab!
BrewLab has succeeded through its first year – and there is a whole lot in store for Year Two. Below you’ll find information about 2015, and exciting news, new analyses, and upcoming events for 2016.
A Year in Numbers
Professional Brewers: 25+
Cider/Mead Brewers: 5+
Kombucha Brewers: 2
Laboratories Built: 2
Beer Conferences Attended: 1
(Craft Brewer’s Conference)
Beer Fests Attended: 13
(KLCC Microbrew Fest, Zwickelmania, Barrel-Aged Beer Fest, Spring Beer and Wine Fest, Cinco de Micro Fest, Sasquatch Brew Fest, PDX Cider Summit, Oregon Brewers Fest, Oregon Garden BrewFest, 2 Towns Harvest Fest, Oakshire Single Batch Fest, McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Fest, and Civil War Brew-Off)
BrewLab is officially TTB Certified.
It was a fairly short road to Certification considering it happened within the first year of BrewLab being open. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is who regulates the beer industry and requires that all commercial brews have ABV accuracy to 0.3%. When exporting beer, breweries need a third party lab to test the alcohol content – and now BrewLab is federally compliant. The procedure of testing for certification helped improve accuracy in IBUs and pH at the lab – an outcome I hadn’t expected. Commonly, a professional brewery has a target value in mind, and when results differ, it is sometimes difficult to convince them that the instruments aren’t wrong – the estimates are. Hopefully this government recognized accuracy and precision will end that trend.
Tristimulus Color: ASBC Beer-10C, values are in L*a*b* color space and describe what is seen under daylight by an observer. Reported in Hex Code for easy website beer color.
Sugars: Reported in grams per 12oz.
Protein: ASBC Beer-11C, reported in grams per 12oz.
Carbohydrates: ASBC Beer-6D, reported in grams per 12oz.
Nutrition Statistics: Sugars, Protein, Carbohydrates, Calories, Brewer Stats $45
Cider/Mead Pack: ABV, pH, Calories $35
Complete Analysis: Every. Single. Test. Includes: ABV, IBU, Color (SRM & Tristimulus), pH, Brew Stats (RE, AE, RDF, ADF, density, Plato), and Nutrition Stats (Calories, Sugar, Protein, Carbohydrates). $100
BrewLab Presents: Beer Quality Panel Q&A
Featuring 4 brewers and beer scientists from Eugene local breweries. This is a FREE workshop to all beer lovers looking to learn about beer science on the homebrew and commercial fronts. All participants are entered into a drawing for 1 hour of free Beer Quality Consultation from BrewLab. Email for more information or to sign up.
BrewLab Sensory Webinar
In this 4 week module, you will learn how to taste a beer professionally, learn to identify off-flavors, create a sensory panel of your own, and learn how to apply sensory to your quality control program. Each webinar is roughly 1 hour in length, available for homebrewers and commercial brewers seeking a crash course in Sensory. Email for more information or to sign up.
FDA Proposed Nutrition Labels in Effect December 2016
This won’t be applicable to every brewery – so make sure you’re up-to-date with what requirements your brews need to fill. Luckily there are a number of data requirements that you can calculate yourself without needing to spend your budget on extra, unnecessary testing. Email for more information.
Best Blogs of 2015
This rant managed to crash the site from views. If you want to know how I feel about the proposed SABMiller / ABInbev merger and current trend of brewery purchases, click on.
Mancave Brewing in Eugene created the first Oregon Fresh Hemp Beer. This details the process and laboratory results.
A historical look at alewives brewing during pre-prohibition. Their brewing stories are collected and recorded here for the first time.
Finally, thank you all for an amazing Year One here at BrewLab. I look forward to continuing the importance and influence of Beer Quality