Quality Control Collaboratory Workshop Developing a basic Brewery Quality Control Program

University of Southern Maine 96 Falmouth St. Portland, ME

First Session: Wednesday April 12th, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Cost: $900 for four courses

(includes some basic equipment for your brewery)

Workshop Overview

This program will be a series consisting of five workshops designed to teach members to develop and successfully implement a basic quality control program at their brewery. Each workshop will be taught by Dr. Lucille Benedict, the Director of the Quality Control Collaboratory, and an associate professor of chemistry at USM.

"This class has been extremely beneficial in the creation of our quality control program at the brewery. The lab not only exposed us to different types of testing, but gave us the opportunity to do hands on training using these techniques." Bigelow Brewing Company - Skowhegan, Maine

Essential Topics for Developing a Quality Control Program

This workshop series will cover the most important topics for developing and implementing a quality control program at your brewery. These include: writing a quality control plan, yeast counting and viability, aseptic technique required in a lab and during sample collection, becoming familiar with beer spoilage organisms and the medium used for their detection, record keeping and more.

"The QC2 workshop series helped us to prioritize our plan by teaching us some “no excuse" basic tests we could start doing right away with very little equipment and also some slick hints for getting around some costs associated with expensive lab equipment." - Mary Weber, Monhegan Brewing Company

Connect with Professionals

The workshop series also offers members a chance to network with other members of the local brewing industry, as well as the Quality Control Collaboratory members. These connections can help you during the process of implementing a basic Quality Control program at your brewery!

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree praises the Lab during a recent visit.

Program Cost

The program will be provided for a tuition of $900, which also includes some basic equipment required for establishing a lab within the brewery. This cost is for one participant of a brewery, but additional participants can be registered as well.

Workshop Schedule

Course #1: Wednesday April 12th, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Course #2: Wednesday April 26th, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Course #3: Wednesday May 10th, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Course #4: Thursday May 25th, 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Class begins soon!

"We would highly recommend this lab for anyone looking to start a QC program in their brewery." Bigelow Brewing Company - Skowhegan, Maine

Or email lucille.benedict@maine.edu for more information!

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