2016 - Users Conference - San Francisco - Life Sciences, Food and Beverage, Specialty Chemicals
What’s Really Going on with your Beer's Fermentation?
Deschutes Brewery, the 7th largest craft brewery in the United States, began their journey in implementing the PI System Infrastructure in March of 2015. At last year’s Users Conference in San Francisco, Deschutes shared a quick win that was achieved utilizing the PI System Infrastructure which provided insight into a fermentation process deviation. This year’s presentation will discuss the lessons Deschutes Brewery learned during their first year with the PI System Infrastructure, as well as how the PI System improved quality and equipment utilization, saving Deschutes Brewery significant capital investment. The talk wil also revisit the fermentation process deviation from last year that has now been solved by utilizing the PI System Infrastructure.
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.
Tim Alexander is the Assistant Brewmaster 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.