Pilot brewery

Our brewing pilot plants can help you develop and improve your product, optimise production costs, and increase flexibility in the scope of your project.

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Our pilot brewery allows us to work with brews of around a hectolitre, which yields up to 152 175ml bottles. This scale is ideal for looking at raw materials, process conditions and product specifications. For example, we can assess new barley varieties from harvest to final beer package and have brewed successfully with maize, rice and sorghum. We can brew a wide range of beer styles including lagers, ales and stouts.

The pilot brewery is typically used for process optimisation, product development or small-scale production runs, such as for special or one-off products, as well as for assessing raw material and yeast performance.

It can also be used for troubleshooting, where we try to simulate or replicate a particular problem in order to discover its cause. As it sits alongside our other facilities we can also malt the barley and test the quality of the wort or beer. Typical parameters include pH, colour, present gravity, attenuation limit, bitterness, free amino nitrogen, total soluble nitrogen, ethanol, haze, vicinal diketones, esters and higher alcohols.

We also undertake sensory assessments such as triangle testing and flavour profiling.

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