Head Brewer

Scale House Brewery

Hector, NY, USA

Full time

$22-28 (hourly)


May 10

Job Title: Head Brewer

Job Summary:

The head brewer is a key position in our small microbrewery responsible for overseeing the brewing operations and ensuring the production of high-quality craft beer. This role involves managing the brewing process from start to finish and maintaining quality control. The head brewer must possess a deep understanding of brewing techniques, ingredients, and equipment to consistently create exceptional beers that meet the brewery's standards and customer expectations.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Brewing Operations:

  - Plan and execute the brewing schedule according to production demands and inventory requirements.

  - Manage all aspects of the brewing process, including mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, and packaging.

  - Monitor and control fermentation parameters, such as temperature, yeast pitching, and oxygen levels.

  - Conduct regular sensory evaluations and quality checks to ensure consistency and adherence to product specifications.

  - Develop and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all brewing processes.

2. Ingredient Management:

  - Source and procure brewing ingredients, including malts, hops, yeast, and adjuncts.

  - Manage inventory levels of raw materials and ensure their availability for production.

  - Collaborate with suppliers to maintain relationships and stay up-to-date with industry trends and new ingredients.

3. Equipment and Facility Management:

  - Oversee the maintenance and cleanliness of brewing equipment, tanks, and production areas.

  - Troubleshoot and resolve any brewing equipment or process issues promptly.

  - Coordinate with the maintenance team for repairs and upgrades as needed.

  - Implement and follow safety protocols to ensure a safe working environment for the brewing team.

4. Recipe Development and Innovation:

  - Collaborate with the brewing team and management to develop new beer recipes and styles.

  - Conduct research and stay informed about emerging brewing techniques and trends.

  - Experiment with different ingredients and processes to create unique and innovative beers.

  - Document and maintain accurate records of recipes, brewing logs, and modifications.

5. Quality Control and Assurance:

  - Implement and maintain quality control measures throughout the brewing process.

  - Conduct regular sensory analysis and quality checks to ensure beers meet the brewery's standards.

  - Monitor and address any potential quality issues or deviations promptly.

  - Implement corrective actions and process improvements as necessary.

Qualifications and Skills:

- Extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of brewing, including recipe development, brewing techniques, and quality control.

- Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to motivate and guide a team effectively.

- Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities.

- Attention to detail and commitment to maintaining high-quality standards.

- Solid understanding of brewing equipment and maintenance requirements.

- Proficient in data analysis and record-keeping.

- Good communication and interpersonal skills.

- Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed.

- Physical stamina and the ability to lift heavy objects.

- Relevant brewing certifications or formal brewing education is preferred.

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