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Technical brewers are responsible for managing the process of brewing and packaging beer. They are responsible for the quality and consistency of the product. The role involves:
taking responsibility for raw materials, operatives and technicians;
maintaining the safe and effective running of the plant and machinery;
ensuring a consistently high quality product is produced.
A technical brewer may specialise in just one area of production, which is particularly likely in larger breweries, while they may be responsible for all aspects of the process in small breweries.
Technical brewing remains a hands-on occupation, despite increasing reliance on technology.
Typical work activities
Technical brewers can oversee all stages of production or they can specialise in one area; however common tasks can include:
checking temperatures and quality of samples and making any necessary production adjustments;
working with the laboratory team who carry out further tests to improve the product;
introducing new or different methods of brewing;
inding new suppliers and reviewing existing ones;
accurately recording raw materials, production stage timings and quality checks;
managing resources and staff to meet objectives;
working on new recipes for seasonal and speciality beers ensuring they appeal to a certain market or will enhance sales at a specific time of the year;
helping to design beer labels or marketing materials;
planning budgets, keeping track of stock and records of raw materials.
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