OrchestratedBEER tracks your recipes digitally from start to finish. There are multiple processes that occur when creating a batch of beer so you need to be able to track those steps and account for what materials are being consumed and which lot of hops or malt you used along the way. There are also the obvious items you need to account for like labels, caps, bottles, cans or kegs. Every single item used to make a finished product is tracked from its origin to its final destination.
Why beer process management is important
OrchestratedBEER tracks beer by batches and processes to ensure maximum traceability. If you have a bad batch of beer and need to issue a recall, you need to know which vendor the ingredients in question came from, or where things went sour in production and which customers you sold them to. Tracing items in this manner will save you a lot of time and stress should you ever need to issue a recall. There are also rumors of the FDA taking over responsibilities of overseeing the beer industry so you should be prepared either way.
How it works
Your recipes are managed in OrchestratedBEER via the Bill of Materials (BOM). This means that each batch of wort, green beer or bright beer is going to have materials/ingredients associated with it. So, to make 50 barrels of your Wort used in your IPA, you’re going to need of X pounds of hops, X ounces of salt & syrups, X amount of malt and so on. Every step in production has a set of associated items & ingredients. You define what those ingredients/recipes are when you import your data into the system on day 1.
What it doesn’t do
OrchestratedBEER doesn’t function like other recipe programs out there like BeerSmith. It’s not going to calculate what color your beer will be – it’s tracking ingredients used for inventory tracking and accounting purposes.
Check out the video below for a complete rundown of the production process and how recipes are factored into your batches.