Racking (packaging beer) in Breww

Once you have started a batch in Breww and transferred it to one of your vessels, you can rack your beer off into products. Racking in Breww is a straightforward process; navigate to ProductionActionsRack (package), where you will be prompted to select which vessel you would like to rack from (see image below).

Once you have selected the vessel, you will then be able to choose the product that you are going to rack.

Alternatively, if you’re already on the batch in question, you can use the ActionsRack (package) button. This will filter the vessels list to only those applicable to the batch in question, where you can select the vessel and product you are racking.

Once you have selected your product, you will be presented with a Best before date screen. If you have set up your Best before rules, then this will be automatically calculated for you, and you will not need to enter anything here. However, you will be able to select an override here. Our How to set your best before dates (or expiry dates) help article should guide you through how to set up best before rules so that these are automatically calculated for you.

You will then need to input the details around the racking instance; how many containers are being used, time & date and losses. When selecting containers (for cask & kegs), you can either manually select any tracked containers used from the dropdown menu or use the Breww app to scan them in with your mobile device. You can input the number of non-returnables being used at this point if required.

If the products you are racking are going to be assembled straight onto a pallet, you can do this at this stage of the racking process by following the Pallet management in Breww help guide.

Once racking details have been entered, you can proceed through the racking flow and assign any additional stock items used, such as boxes or cans. These stock items will automatically pull through if already assigned to a container type or product.

You will then be able to review a summary of your racking and select whether to create the racking, return to the previous step, or return to the first step of the process.

Once the racking process is complete, you will have the option to print labels for all items racked in this instance. If you prefer to print racking labels in advance of entering the racking into Breww, you can do this by adding your planned packaging to the batch, and then Breww will give you the option to print these labels. For more on planned packaging, please see the Planned packaging in Breww help guide.

As mentioned above, racking of casks & kegs is supported in the Breww mobile app (for iOS & Android). Using the app allows you to use your device camera to scan barcodes of any tracked containers you are racking into right from your phone.

If you send beer off to be packaged via a 3rd party packager, please read our article on how this is managed in Breww.

For information on printing stock labels for your racked beer, please see How to print stock (racking/packaging) labels.

Hi, how do we do a partial racking? I have 10 bbls in the brite tank, but only have racked 2 bbls so far (four 1/2 bbl kegs). When I select the product (1/2 bbl keg), then select the four kegs I used, the software assumes the rest of the beer was lost. What’s the solution to this? Thanks!

You should be prompted for Loss Volume. Breww will suggest the remaining volume but if you enter a Loss Volume of 0 then the remaining beer will be left in the tank and can be racked later. If you’re still having trouble, please let us know.