Someone said, “There’s nothing new in Brewing – it’s just regurgitated in a different package”
Well, that’s true, but the understanding of what’s going on is a lot clearer these days.
And the whole industry’s going through a massive change in terms of quality and due diligence on the one hand, with stiff competition and an ever critical drinking public on the other.
This is where I come in…
I’m totally dedicated to the Industry – d’you know, I wanted to be a brewer when I was at school!
So I went to the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh for four years and came out with an honours degree in Brewing and Biochemistry. I then qualified as a Master Brewer with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
It must’ve done some good, because I was asked to be part of the Incorporated Brewers Guild’s lecture teams in Canada, Nigeria and various other lecturettes in the UK.
Courage group: Various positions in brewing and packaging (not forgetting the hop farms!) in John Smiths, Reading and London;
Stout and lager brewing in Guinness;
Brewing at senior level on the Isle of Man and in South Wales, with Crown Buckley and Brains.
That means over forty years . . . Where did it go?!
BDS: Brewer Development Services
So now, it’s time to put something back: I have the experience, the qualifications and more importantly, the time.
BDS is my consultancy operation:
- Many brewers appreciate the opportunity simply to discuss their methods with a professional, to see if they’re “on the right track”:
- We’re all busy people and I have the resources to audit, offer advice and if necessary research alternative options for your operation;
- I’m not going to build your brewery for you, but I’ll be there to help and advise you with options and other concepts before you commit to a potentially expensive capital expansion plan;
Troubleshooter: You got a problem?
- “Why does my beer stay cloudy?”
- “Why do my fermentations stick?”
- “Why does my beer taste the way it does?”
- “What records should I be keeping?”
- “How can I improve the way I do things?”
My hands-on approach and will delve into the corners of your operation to come up with best answers; with the help of Murphys, we can do this!
- Certificated TAQA (Training and Quality Assurance ) Assessor; Recognised by awarding bodies as being qualified to assess Proficiency in Brewing apprenticeship qualification;
- Accredited trainer with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
- It’s all about the need to understand at all levels:
- The most important link in the chain
- I can help you with your organisation, the procedures for which you are accountable, your products and their formulation, brewing, packaging, dispense and QC;
- The most important links in the chain:
- They need to buy in to your operation, be fully conversant with safe and efficient operating procedures and why things are done the way they are;
Quality, revenue and legal control:
The most important links in the chain:
- Are you meeting QC (and HMRC) requirements?
- Have you a plan?
- What are you going to do when it goes pair-shaped?
Arguably the most important link in the chain:
- When your product leaves you, it’s cast off, sailing free and left in the hands of a stranger!
- Fifty years ago, all pubs were doing a barrel a day, sadly not the case now. So it’s even more important that they know precisely what’s going on in a cask (or keg, for that matter!) and what they should be doing!
- My take on this is a no-holds-barred, straight from the shoulder, dispel myths approach with a unique delivery method;
- At the end of the training session with your group, they will all understand their part in looking after your beer!
Contact: Don Jeffrey
Brewer Development Services