Whether you’re starting a new brewery, or upgrading your current business, making a good choice in craft brewing equipment is extremely important. It can be a bit overwhelming, no matter how long you’ve been in business, so it’s critical to rely on your equipment vendor to help you make the right decision.
You can choose from complete systems that will manage your brewing process from start to finish. Or, if you’re just getting started and working from a small budget, you can choose a few components, with the knowledge that you can add on other pieces as your budget allows.
You will, of course, need to add brewing equipment right away, so that you can make your beer in large enough quantities to sell. However, other parts of the process, like keg filling and bottle filling, can be managed manually if you want. Then, as your business grows, you can add other automation to the business.
As you navigate the process, your equipment vendor can offer you sound advice on the best equipment for your particular recipe and your production needs. They can also help you predict when adding more automation will help you reach your goals. Finally, your equipment vendor can offer you expertise gained from working with other breweries as they have grown their businesses.
Talk honestly with your vendor about your budget and your plans for distribution. This information helps them to recommend the right equipment at the right time to help you keep pace with your planned growth.
Craft brewing equipment and the additional pieces of equipment used to enhance your brewing business is the lifeline of your company. Work closely with your vendor to make certain you’re buying exactly the products you need at exactly the time when these can put your business right where it needs to be.