2016 - Users Conference - Berlin
Deschutes Brewery: Reducing Beer Production Time with Predictions
Deschutes Brewery, the 7th largest craft brewery in the United States, began their journey in implementing the PI System infrastructure in March of 2015. Initially, Deschutes successfully used the PI System to gain insight into their fermentation process that led to improved quality and equipment utilization. This year, Deschutes broadened the use of the PI System by implementing the PI Integrator for Azure to create analysis-ready data for Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Suite to make predictions on when to transition between phases in the brewing process. These operationalized predictions, continually made more accurate with Azure Machine Learning and institutionalized inside the PI System as future data, will lead to time savings, production efficiencies, and significant impacts on Deschutes’ business, which will be highlighted in this presentation.
Tim Alexander is the Assistant Brewmaster of Engineering & Technology at Deschutes Brewery. After a misspent youth studying structural engineering, Tim decided to attend the UC Davis Master Brewers Program in 2006. Through this, he got an internship at Deschutes Brewery, and he has been enjoying making beer for the last nine years. He has been involved in many different aspects of the process and the plant since joining Deschutes. He loves using his technical background to help optimize the brewing process, and is excited at how much power the PI System can provide to help do this.
Brian Faivre started homebrewing while in college using a kit he purchased from a mail order catalog in 1994. Throughout his college years, while pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, Brian continued his true passion of making beer at home. After 5 years working as a software engineer, Brian finished the UC Davis Master Brewers Program and joined Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon as a Production Brewer. In 2011 Brian was promoted to Brewmaster where he currently oversees all brewhouse and cellar operations.