How to create a batch in production

Creating a new batch

You can start a batch in Breww by selecting ActionsNew batch or by selecting the Screenshot 2023-10-25 at 14.07.27 button on the production page under Brewing systems, vessels and in-progress batches

Adding your batch details

A batch number will be automatically created for the batch, which numerically follows your batch number sequence upon starting the batch. You have the opportunity to give the batch a prefix if you use these for your batches, as well as a batch reference. If you are following a basic number sequence, then these can all be left blank.

This article will follow how to create a Standard batch in Breww. You can learn about our other Brew types in our Contract brewing in Breww guide.

All the beers/ drinks you have created will appear in the Beer dropdown menu. If you haven’t yet created your beers, then you can find out how to set these up by following our Managing beers & packaging approval help guide. Having selected the beer, you will also be able to select which recipe you are using for this batch. For more on how to build your recipes for your beers, then please see our How to build your recipes and brew sheets in Breww help guide.

:warning: You can choose to create a batch without having a recipe assigned. However, we would strongly advise using a recipe where possible, as this would carry your ingredient stock for batch traceability for ingredient recalls as well as costings, which will impact your stock value and margins. Our Batch tracing and ingredient recalls guide explains this in more detail.

You will then need to select your brewing system, planned volume, and the number of turns. To find out more on what you need to enter as your planned volume, then please see our Understanding recipe and batch volumes in Breww guide, and our Multi-turn batches guide for more on multi-turn batches.

You will then be able to schedule your batch vessels and a planned start date for the batch; you can find out more on how to schedule your vessels or have Breww automatically schedule your vessels via our below guide on How to plan which vessels will be used on a beer batch.

Lastly, you will be able to schedule in any planned packagings for the batch. This will then get displayed in your batch schedule under Planned packagings. Any planned packagings will populate your stock availability forecast. Our Introduction to products help article has a Managing products section that discusses how this works in more detail.

Starting a batch

To start your batch, select Screenshot 2023-10-25 at 15.25.46.

Starting a batch that is already in your batch schedule

If you have already previously planned a batch, then the above details will have already been completed. You can start this planned batch by heading to the Batch schedule and selecting your planned batch. You can then select View batchStart batch. Alternatively, you can head to ViewAll batches, select the batch and then Start batch.

A batch number will now be assigned to the batch, continuing your batch sequence. Three checkboxes can be marked accordingly, which can also be predefined in your production settings. These can always be overridden on a batch-by-batch basis.

It is worth noting that allowing your batch to scale your recipe quantities to match the volume will mean that you can enter a differing batch size to your recipe, and Breww will automatically work out your ingredient additions for you. For more on scaling, then please see our How does Breww scale the ingredients on batches (and how does this change with multi-turn batches)? help guide.

Ticking the auto-allocate box will mean that any additions that you have allowed auto-allocation on in your recipe will be drawn from stock and assigned to the batch based on a FEFO principle. Our Brewsheets/Brewing page in Breww - adding ingredients and marking "complete" help article discusses managing your ingredient additions in more detail.

A date and time will be auto-filled to the current time, but this can also be overridden if necessary, as well as the ability to enter any batch notes. You can then select Start batch.

Your batch will now be considered as being in your brewing system, and this will displayed on your production dashboard.

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Using your brew sheet on a brew day

Your batch will move from the status of ‘Planned’ to "Brewing’, and will be given a tag of In-progress, now that the batch has been started. You will now be able to use your electronic brew sheet by selecting one of the three highlighted buttons.

Your brew sheet reflects what has been entered into your recipe, with any checks, readings, additions, notes, etc, displayed here. You can also choose to have readings from the Fermenting or Post-fermentation stages passed onto the Analysis tab on the batch; for example, your OG. Our How to build your recipes and brew sheets in Breww guide explains how to add a reading, which you can then select to have passed on to your analysis tab on the batch.

You can visually reflect your brewing system vessel movements on your brew sheet to help track your progress. You can transfer from vessel to vessel by using the Screenshot 2023-10-27 at 13.40.49 button.

The Brewsheets/Brewing page in Breww - adding ingredients and marking “complete” help guide discusses how your brew sheet works in more detail, as well as how to substitute an ingredient for a different ingredient on a brew day.

Transfering your batch to a primary vessel/ fermenter

Once your batch is ready to transfer, you will be able to transfer the batch, either through the brew sheet or whilst on the main batch page.

You can transfer your batch into an FV by selecting Transfer out of brewing systemTransfer Turn 1 whilst on the brew sheet.

You can transfer to FV whilst on the batch screen by selecting ActionsTransfer Turn 1 to vessel.

Upon transferring your batch, you can select which vessel the batch is going into, the successful volume transferred, the date and time, and any additional notes.

Your In-progress batch will now have moved to the status of ‘In-vessel’.

Your FV will also display as holding the batch on your production dashboard, and you will be able to transfer between primary and secondary vessels, take batch readings, make further ingredient additions, and rack your beer into your products. Logging your fermentation in the Analysis tab allows you to accurately record any batch readings against the batch. For more on how to package your beer, then please see our Racking (packaging beer) in Breww help guide!

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