Your brewery produces great beer pint after pint, and it’s about to get better.
You want to continue to brew the best beer you can while saving money. Fortunately, you’ve got options.
Run an efficient brewery and cut down on the cost per batch all without sacrificing quality. Follow these simple ways to cut costs on brewing beer.
1. Modify your malt usage
Since malt is the main ingredient in beer, modifying how you use malt can have a big effect on your beer-brewing bottom line. Commonly available malts have a lower price tag than specialty malts. If you have a beloved beer recipe that requires an expensive malt, keep making it. But if a beer isn’t as popular, you can take it off your menu or modify the recipe to use a lower-cost malt.
2. Choose excellent suppliers
Buy from suppliers whose prices align with your brewery’s needs. It’s not a bad idea to shop around periodically to make sure you’re getting the best prices for your ingredients. While the most basic ingredients won’t see dramatic price fluctuations, less common or specialty ingredients can offer big opportunities to cut costs.
You can also look online for sales, discounts, promotions, and clearance opportunities to reduce your price per batch. Purchase ingredients in bulk whenever you can. So long as you continue to buy quality ingredients, this is a simple way to cut costs on brewing beer.
3. Harvest and re-pitch yeast
Saving money is one of the biggest reasons you should harvest and re-pitch yeast. Correctly re-pitching yeast won’t have any negative effects on your beer. And it will save you from having to purchase new yeast with every batch. Here are steps you can take:
- Harvest healthy yeast from the middle of the conical fermenter. Healthy yeast will have a lighter color than the layer of trub below it.
- Collect the yeast in a yeast brink keg. Brinks preserve yeast by storing it under pressure.
- Store the yeast between zero and four degrees Celsius.
- Reuse the yeast as soon as possible for the best flavors.