About the Author:
How I Became A Brewer
My Worst Brewing Experience
Teri in the News
Rain Dragon Studio
Artists on Amherst
Articles by the Author:
Hiring the Best Brewers
Schedule for Opening Day
My Burn Injury
Specialty Malt-Presentation
Specialty Malt-Handout
My Brewing Career
Ingredient Supply Chain
Creating A Community
Forward Hop Contracting
Australian BrewCon
Beer Across America 2007
Grain Handling Systems
7 Secrets of Brewpubs
5 Brewpub Success Tips
The Jockeybox
Going Pro in the Beer Biz
1999 CBC Safety Panel
Brewing Diagrams
Server Beer School
Increasing Beer Tourism
Closed Pressurized Fermentation
Shortcut to Brewmaster
Dialogs & Essays:
Advice for Future Brewers
Extreme Brewing Dialog
Definition of "Brewmaster"
Opinions & Advice
Tools & Formulas:
Brewpub Lab Manual
Operations Manual
The Mash Hoe
The Brew Clock
Simple Brewlog Template
IBU Formula
Alc by Vol. Formula
Calorie Calculations
Recommended Reading
Fal's Beer Descriptors
More Articles & Recipes:
Bread Class Handout
Bread-Making Advice
Root Beer Production
Food Recipes
Beer Recipes
Women and Beer:
Pink Boots Society
Pink Boots Society Story
Road Brewer Trips:
2007 Road Trip Blog
2007 Trip Itinerary
2007 Trip Statistics
1999 Teardrop Adventure
Click here to download if you don't already have it: Several of the links are PDF files.

Operations Manual

In 1989 I was hired into my second paid brewing position, as Head Brewer at a 7-barrel brewpub in Berkeley, California. I was thrilled to be taught commercial size brewing after the disaster experience I'd had at Golden Gate Brewing Company.

When I gave one-month notice in 1990 to leave and move to Eugene, Oregon to open the yet-unnamed Steelhead Brewery & Cafe, I was asked to find and interview my own replacement, then train that person once hired. I knew a month wasn't enough time to adequately train a new Head Brewer, so I began documenting the procedures I'd learned running this brewpub brewery.

Click here to download the 99-page brewery operations manual.

Of course I have to tell you an anecdote about this manual...

About ten years after writing this manual, a former brewer of this brewpub told me he'd heard a rumor I'd written that well-worn brewery operations manual, and asked me if that was true. I said yes, I was the author. Then he told me, "I learned everything I know about running a brewery from that manual."

I felt pretty proud that day.

Road Trip Blog: www.roadbrewer.com
Women in Beer & Brewing: www.pinkbootssociety.org