14 episodes

A podcast about quality control in the brewery

Check your beer Amy and Julie

    • Science

A podcast about quality control in the brewery

    Interview with Marissa Capua of Zero Gravity

    Interview with Marissa Capua of Zero Gravity

    Marissa has had several roles in the brewing industry, find out how she ended up in the lab at Zero gravity and how her experiences in others roles has helped shape her current position. She shares her day to day responsibilities and how to handle an out of spec product. We talked about long term goals, challenges she faces in the lab, and advice for those starting out. 

    https://www.zerogravitybeer.com/
    https://zymologylabs.com/

    • 23 min
    Interview with Merritt Waldron of Baxter Brewing Company

    Interview with Merritt Waldron of Baxter Brewing Company

    In this episode I chat with Merritt Waldron of Baxter Brewing Company! Not only does Merritt run the lab at Baxter Brewig Company but he's also the author of the super helpful "Quality Labs for Small Brewers."

    Merritt shares where to start when implementing a quality program, resources he's found valuable over the years, daily tasks, challenges, and advice to help you be successful in your quality endeavors!

    https://www.baxterbrewing.com/
    https://www.brewerspublications.com/products/quality-labs-for-small-brewers
    https://zymologylabs.com/

    • 27 min
    Interview with Paul Sayler of American Flatbread and Zero Gravity

    Interview with Paul Sayler of American Flatbread and Zero Gravity

    In this episode we learn about the similarities and differences between a quality program in a brewpub versus a packaging brewery. Find out how to use the tools you have available to make quality an important piece of your brewery. Hear Paul's recommendations when starting a quality program in a pub setting and in a commercial brewery. Paul shares tips when scaling from pub to commercial setting, contract brewing lessons,  the one sure thing to shutter a brewery and what makes a beer simply okay or great.

    https://americanflatbread.com/
    https://www.zerogravitybeer.com/

    • 40 min
    Interview with Brandon Mayes of Pittsburgh Brewing Company

    Interview with Brandon Mayes of Pittsburgh Brewing Company

    In this episode we find out how Brandon went from quality tech to manager to director and what it takes to build out the lab of a new 100bbl brewhouse. Learn about the brewing quality parameters Brandon focuses on for consistency and repeatability. He shares the most overlooked areas in a brewery and what to do about it. We get into daily lab operations, annual reporting and how to solve challenges in the brewery. 

    • 24 min
    Interview with Jack Van Paepeghem of von Trapp Brewing

    Interview with Jack Van Paepeghem of von Trapp Brewing

    On this episode learn how Jake made his way from managing to bar at Oxbow Brewing to running the lab at von Trapp. Find out how he went about setting up the lab and what his day to day looks like at a mostly lager producing brewery packaging almost every day. We'll also hear Jack's tips on how to be successful when starting a quality program. 

    • 20 min
    Interview with Ellen Dillenbeck of Switchback Brewing Company

    Interview with Ellen Dillenbeck of Switchback Brewing Company

    Ellen has been at Switchback Brewing Co. for five years. Learn how she got started in the beer industry and found her way into the lab at Switchback, and iconic Vermont brewery. 

    Ellen shares her day to day tasks, what types of media she uses for looking for microbial spoilers and hoe she decided which ones to use in the brewery. Find out some of the resources she used when just starting out and what her favorite part of working at this employee owned brewery is.

    • 18 min

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