When we first started brewing at Barnaby’s Brewhouse – with the goal of providing our customer with the highest quality organic beers – we followed a fairly simple principle. Only change one thing at a time. Whether it was the percentage of grains in a recipe, a yeast strain, the mash pH, the hop variety, the length of boil or the fermentation temperature, only one measurable thing would change.
Despite the fact that this means our recipe development takes much longer than our rivals, the principle has stood by us well. This is, not least, because we record a lot of data too. Our brewery management system (which we developed in house) captures all the parameters related to every single brew – right through from delivery of ingredients, through the production process to delivery and customer feedback.
Over time, this gives us the ability to analyse our results carefully and to fine tune the way each of our organic beers is brewed, conditioned, packaged and transported.
Not that this means we can get complacent about things. Every now and then – like any business – we get thrown a curve ball and have to react quickly.