This BA Collab Hour webinar will focus on yeast propagation and slurry equipment systems, as well as quality concerns around these systems.
Brewers Association (BA) Engineering Subcommittee Chair Chris McCombs will explain yeast equipment systems from rudimentary carboys and converted kegs, up to fully automated skids. He will also describe how to determine which one you’ll need, and talk about their advantages and disadvantages.
Rob Christiansen of the BA Quality Subcommittee will talk about how each of these types of yeast propagation and storage systems can promote yeast viability and vitality, and how to use them to ensure healthy fermentations. He will also talk about some yeast management procedures that can positively affect fermentation time, making them more consistent and predictable.
Time will also be left at the end of the webinar for questions.
About the Speakers
Rob Christiansen, Senior QA Specialist/Microbiology Lab Manager
New Belgium Brewing
Rob Christiansen is a senior QA specialist and microbiology lab manager at New Belgium Brewing. He joined New Belgium in May 2016 after 10 years at Avery Brewing Company. He has brewed, filtered, packaged, and tried to make quality beer his goal throughout his career in the craft brewing industry. Trained as a molecular biologist at the University of Wyoming, Rob is an active member of the Brewers Association, Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA), and serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Brewing Chemists.
Chris McCombs, Head Brewer
Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing
Chris McCombs has worked in the craft brewing industry since 1996. Prior to his position at Coopersmith’s, he was a plant engineer for New Belgium Brewing Co., designing and managing projects ranging from several fermentation and yeast cellar expansions, to the Fort Collins liquid center draft system upgrade, and two pilot breweries. Previous gigs include brewery manager at Kettlehouse Brewing Co. in Missoula, Montana and brewer at Red Rock Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chris has developed and collaborated on several award-winning brews over the years, judged at the Great American Beer Festival and is currently chair of the Brewers Association Engineering Subcommittee.