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Graeme Hall B.Sc., Dip. Brew., D.M.S. – Consultancy Corner

We’ve another excellent consultant to introduce to you; Graeme Hall B.Sc., Dip. Brew., D.M.S. of GRH Consultancy, who has taken the time to discuss his extensive experience in the industry for us below.

www.grhconsultancy.co.uk

I have been in the Brewing Industry for over 30 years, and have worked for 4 different breweries and have spent the last 20 years at Frederic Robinsons as Operations and Packaging Manager. So, I have vast knowledge of the requirements to run a Quality Brewing or Packaging operation.

In early 2016 I decided to set up my own Consultancy to help other operations improve their businesses through Continuous Improvement. Something to which I bring the experience of successfully having been through and passed numerous BRC, SALSA, Tesco and M&S audits with my time at Robinsons.

At Robinsons I was responsible for the processing (cold conditioning, stabilising and filtration) and either Bottling, Cask Racking or Kegging (including Petainers) of over 400 products from approximately 60 breweries. In my time there, I was involved in, and latterly lead, the project teams that replaced every piece on bottling equipment in the Bottling Hall, installed and commissioned 19 tanks with SCADA control, installed an in line Cask Washer and 5 head Racker. I purchased a Keg Washer, labeller and keg seal applicators as well as the Petainer filler. This has provided me with invaluable experience I now apply to my consultancy work.

I received a Distinction in my HACCP Level 3 assessment in 2016 and I Passed the IOSH Managing Safety course in 2015​. In 2013 I was fortunate enough to become Chairman of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) – Great Northern Section. I am a Judge on the SIBA Beer Ex Finals Panel​. In 2017 I became a lecturer at Brew School in Bakewell and was invited onto the IBD Board of Examiners for the Packaging Diploma. I also became an auditor for SIBA for the FSQ audit. My experience is considerable and my commitment to the industry total.

The services I offer include preparing a bespoke HACCP plan for your brewery or packaging operation that if continued correctly will be acceptable not only as a legal requirement to produce safe beer or cider but also to go some way to be accredited to SIBA FSQ, SALSA and BRC.

The HACCP plan will include bespoke Flow Diagram, Hazard Analysis, Risk Assessment, Standard Operating Procedures for CCPs, Training matrix and CCP control documentation.

A basic training of HACCP for your bespoke operation will then be given to the team members.

Learn more at my website www.grhconsultancy.co.uk

or follow me on Twitter @GRHConsultancy

Consultancy Corner – Beer Dimensions

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewers Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford: Beer Dimensions

Beer Dimensions have been sharing beer and brewing expertise with new and old brewers alike, since 2005.

Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford, both qualified Master Brewers, have held senior positions in a number of breweries producing famous brands such as Boddingtons, Murphy’s Stout, Heineken, Stella Artois and Tooheys. Their experience covers all aspects of beer and brewing technology and know-how, supporting breweries in the UK and internationally.

Craft/Microbrewery Start-Up & Development
Paul and Derek have successfully supported a number of start-ups, both in the UK and Europe, from feasibility study all the way through to commissioning and ongoing support.

Process Design & Optimisation
This covers both new and existing plant, to improve beer quality, production efficiency, and capacity utilisation.

Troubleshooting
Years of experience, and the highest level of technical know-how, enable a service to be delivered for any quality issue, related to any aspect of the process.

Designing & Developing Recipes
Beer Dimensions has developed many award-winning brands from scratch, across a wide range of beer styles.

License & Franchise Brewing
Both partners have been closely involved as both licensors and licensees of big beer brands. Paul worked with Cobra Beer for a number of years, whilst Derek is currently supporting the international rollout of Toast Ale.

Beer Tasting & Flavour Profiling
As accredited tasters with a number of breweries, and experienced beer judges, both partners have a detailed understanding of beer flavour, and the process design and raw material selection needed to create something new or improve the drinker’s appreciation of your beer.

Promoting Beer & Beer and Food Matching
Derek qualified as a Beer Sommelier in 2013, teaches for the Beer Academy, and has run a number of successful beer and food events.

Aligning Brands with Consumer Needs
Paul and Derek have worked closely with Sales and Marketing teams to ensure brewers and marketers have a clear, unambiguous understanding of what the drinker is looking for and how this is to be delivered by the brewer.

Beer Writing
Paul has written a number of well-regarded articles for brewing industry journals covering key parts of the brewing process.

Locum Brewing & Training
For breweries which need more sustained technical support, brewery leadership, or brewer development, Derek is available for longer assignments, both at home in the UK and abroad.

Get In Touch

For some glowing testimonials, and more, come and check out www.beerdimensions.com or contact Derek at derek.orford@beerdimensions.com or on 07794 215404.

 

Photos: MUSA Brewery, Lisbon, one of the many start-ups supported by Paul & Derek