The latest OBeer mobile production app update introduces some revolutionary changes, like adding QC metrics, swapping out raw materials on an order, and emptying a tank. Check out the video below for a quick overview of all the new stuff or continue reading below for more specific details.

1. Track 80+ QC Metrics

Consider how you currently track QC metrics. If you’re like most, you probably have a spreadsheet, a custom-built web of interconnected of Google docs, or you write it down and transfer it somewhere else later.

Our latest iPad app update allows brewers like Bruno to record detailed brewing QC data and notes during each brew house stage, i.e. Mash, Lauter, Kettle & Whirlpool.

No spreadsheets, no dual entering, no more hand written notes. Brewers can now enter QC records in real time, right from an iPad.

Brewing QC:

Brew QC on an iPad in OBeer

Sample of QC metrics include:

Mash tab:

  • Mash pH
  • Salt Type (up to 3)
  • Strike Temp
  • Mash Start Time

QC metric fields include:

Lauter tab:

  • Vorlauff
  • Turbidity
  • Extract
  • Collection start/end

Kettle tab:

  • First hops
  • Mid boil hops
  • End boil hops

Whirlpool tab:

  • Yeast Type
  • Source
  • Batch
  • Generation
  • Amount
  • Anti foam
  • Spices
  • Start & End KO

Fermentation QC:

You can also track QC metrics in fermentation as well. Enter quality control readings for batches of beer in your cellar, for both fermenters and bright tanks. You can add new readings or make additions to a prior reading. The app stores all your records locally until you’re ready to submit. Metrics submitted via iPad are immediately accessible to everyone, whether it’s Peter in inventory, Penny in finance, or Bill, the big boss.

Tank Overview Screen:

The tank overview is pretty self explanatory, and includes all associated tank information like Warehouse Codes, Brand Short Codes, Total tank volumes and the date the volume was received

Tank Overview Screen in OBeer production iPad app

Add batch QC metrics:

Simply tap on a tank from the tank overview screen above to bring up this reading details screen. Here you can add new readings or adjust prior readings.

Batch QC metrics in OBeer

2. Edit Production Orders on the fly

You can also make changes to production orders on the fly. Swap out Amarillo for Cascade hops or add a new malt.  The app provides brewers the flexibility to edit a variety of fields on an existing production order including:

  • Swapping out raw materials
  • Changing Warehouses
  • Editing Batch IDs
  • Updating Planned & issue quantities
edit beer production orders
Swap out hops on a production order

3. Empty tanks (and record transactions automatically)

You may have had unusable liquid left in the tank after packaging that needs to be flushed before cleaning. Not always a simple task, especially if Penny in accounting wants to track how much you flushed. You can clear the tank directly from the app, while simultaneously performing all the business transactions behind the scenes in real time.

4. Manage multiple locations

We extended the ability to manage multiple locations out to the iPad as well. Now you can limit your iPad users from seeing certain production orders based on the user’s location and the location of tanks used on the production order.

Selecting a specific location determines the production orders viewed in every section of the app (Brewing, Cellar and Packaging) as well as the fermentation and bright tanks shown in Fermentation QC.

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