Creating Recipe Versions in Orchestrated
If there’s one thing that’s escalated to the nth degree in the world of brewing over the past few years, it’s all the different variations hitting taps and shelves. Double Dry Hopped, Single-Hopped, Barrel-Aged, Fruit, Vanilla, and on and on. How do you keep track of those recipe or Bill of Material (BoM) revisions without going completely mad?
For those who use OrchestratedBEER to maintain all their BoM recipes, there is a handy tool that enables them to track and create variations called BoM Versions.
It’s a perfect way to keep track of different recipes by size of batch, one-off variations, or track items that are swapped out regularly. You can even have multiple, active versions of BoMs for the same item.
How It Works
Within OrchestratedBEER, each brand you create has it’s own series of BoMs built for each step in the brew process (from Wort through Packaging). So when you’re creating an off-shoot of an existing brand, you’re simply making new, slightly different versions of that base beer.
When viewing a specific Bill of Materials document you can add another ingredient. You can also change the BoM version on a Production Order, or while planning new orders in the PdO Creation Wizard.
You can edit the BoM from the source by adding or subtracting different items and save it as a different BoM version. Then, when building new Production Orders, either on a PdO or in the Creation Wizard, you can select the BoM version from a dropdown list.
In addition to creating new versions and editing existing ones, OBeer also enables you to change what the default BoM version is or delete them as well.
Why It’s Important
Having the capability to change up your recipes on the fly within the database saves time. It also improves efficiency and provides greater transparency by detailing where your raw materials are being consumed. Having this knowledge at your fingertips adds up over time, especially when calculating the true cost of your beer.
In the end, these kind of variations can make it difficult to plan inventory ahead of time. But if you’re regularly creating seasonal or specialty brews, you can build those one-off recipes into the system. This will enable you to better forecast your hop contracts. You also won’t be short on those specific items you utilize only a few times a year.
All these things only further the notion that OrchestratedBEER enables breweries to make the best business decisions.