Getting started with Breww is designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible. A number of areas can be populated using our CSV Data Importers, whereas others can be set up easily from within the software itself.
Below is our suggested order to set up Breww to ensure you get the most out of the software:
This can be done either via our Data Importer or, if you’re using a compatible 3rd party accounting provider, you can download and map your customers once the integration with your account is enabled. Note, Data Importers can be found in Settings > Data Imports & Updates.
In Breww, the Inventory is the place to enter details on everything you buy in, this ranges from raw materials, packaging items and even guest beers. The inventory is built across two “layers”, the first of which is the name of your stock items, including the data around them such as their unit of measurement, type & whether they’re batch tracked.
The second layer is where you can start to build out the quantities of these items. In Breww, the quantity of a given item is stored across the batches it pertains to. This means that you still have an overall quantity of an item, but it will be split across multiple batches (if there are multiple). We have Data Importers for both of these two layers,
Stock Items and
Stock Levels & Batches. Note, you can use our Raw Data Explorer to extract the names of your inventory items to help you populate the import template more quickly - go to Reporting > Raw Data Explorer > Stock Items (Inventory).
Container Types are the building blocks of your packaged beer products and they’re necessary to have set up in Breww before you start creating products. Container types represent the “base unit” of your packaged beer. Individual Container Types should be set up for every way you package your beer, be it firkins, non-returnable kegs or 440ml cans.
A note on smallpack - it’s recommended that you only create the base unit container here and not multipacks (i.e
440ml can and not
12 x 440ml can), this is to ensure that our packaging reformatting function can seamlessly convert between the various smallpack products you sell. New container types can be added in Containers > New Container Type. Stock items can also be added to a container type, so that when you rack you also deplete this item from your inventory (for example empty cans).
In Breww, Beers sit above Recipes in terms of their hierarchy and contain data such as their ABV, allergens & beer style. From within a Beer, you can also choose the containers you package this beer in, to help you populate your product list more quickly. Recipes sit below beers and they contain the data behind how you actually brew the beer itself. Recipes contain the various “brew day” stages in addition to your ingredient additions, checks, readings and the timings of each step. Recipes (& individual stages of recipes) can even be copied over to different beers to help you save time where you may have recipes that share similar attributes. Beers and Recipes can be added in Production > View Beers / View Recipes.
In Breww Products are the things you sell (as opposed to Stock Items which are the things you buy in).
Products created via their component packaged beer can be further edited here to specify details such as their standard price, name and weight. New products can also be created here via the New Product button. If you’re creating a beer product, select the beer it from the drop down menu and specify the container.
This is also how multipacks / mixed packs can be built, by specifying multiple containers & beers. You can also create non-beer products such as merchandise or glassware, simply leave the Packaged Beer section empty and add items to the product under the Stock Items section. The Stock Items section is also handy for adding product-specific stock items such as labels or packaging boxes which will be depleted from your inventory at the point of racking into a product.
To find out more on this, see our Introduction to Products guide.
If you have your own fleet of tracked containers (cask/kegs), these should be loaded into Breww. The importer can be accessed via Settings > Data Imports & Updates > Containers. From this importer, you can bring in your containers, in addition to their current location (e.g. at the brewery or with a customer).
Please note, this importer is only used for containers you own and not for non-returnables (these are dealt with in Step 7 below). Once loaded into Breww, you can print permanent barcodes for these containers. If you don’t already have a permanent label printer, we have some detail around our requirements here. If you already have your containers labelled with a barcode, we can quite possibly use their existing labels. Typically the barcode will contain the cask/keg code, in which case they’ll likely “just work”, so give them a try, but if not, please get in touch and we’ll help you get them working if possible, to save re-labelling them all.
Any beer that you have pre-packaged can be quickly imported into Breww now that you have the key elements above set up. The importer can be accessed via Settings > Data Imports & Updates > Initial Packaged Beer Stock. This importer allows you to specify the product you wish to populate, the quantity of a certain gyle and the code of a container if it is in a cask or keg. Products in non-returnable containers can be imported here by leaving the Container Code section blank. Note, you can use our Raw Data Explorer to extract the names of your products to help you populate the import template more quickly (Reporting > Raw Data Explorer > Products).
Now that you’re almost ready to go , you can get Breww synchronised with your brewery by adding your beers that are currently in tank. To do this, go to Production > Actions > New Batch and select the beer you want to get in tank - you don’t need to select a recipe here otherwise you’ll be counting your raw materials twice. Breww will still calculate the duty on this beer once sold as the ABV is stored in the Beer itself. You can also plan out future batches here from the same menu.
Breww is able to be customised to the way you work, make sure to go through the Settings menu and configure Breww to your preferences. This is also the place to connect Breww with your webshop, accounting platform and POS platform.
We hope this guide is useful and allows you to get the most out of Breww. If you need any further assistance, please check out our Help docs & tutorials, or feel free to get in touch via the Breww Community or Support Tickets if you need anything else.