Yeast is a critical ingredient in the brewing process, and proper yeast handling and propagation is essential for consistent, high-quality beer. In this comprehensive BA Collab Hour webinar, we’ll delve into the science behind yeast propagation and explore best practices for optimizing yeast performance in your brewery. Our speaker will cover a range of advanced concepts, including yeast cytology, metabolism, and genetics, as well as practical techniques for yeast storage, propagation, and quality control. Whether you’re interested in starting an in-house program, or just want to learn more about it, this talk will give you the information needed to proceed confidently.
About the Speaker
Michael Billon, Quality Specialist: Microbiology
Allagash Brewing Company
Michael Billon is a quality control specialist at Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. With a focus on microbiology, he was hired in 2016 to help advance the company's quality control (QC) program. Since then, he has played a key role in establishing a molecular diagnostic program and expanding yeast propagation capabilities. Michael is a born and raised Mainer, and when he's not busy with work, he enjoys spending time outside, asking his dog repeatedly to "stop eating that."