Thursday, 12 January 2017

Brewing “best in class” Key Performance Indicators

With Cloudwater brewery reporting they have losses of up to 39% just in the fermentation and dry hopping here's some figures for big breweries:

Key Performance Indicator
Best in Class
Output per employee per year (hl/man hr/ yr)
15,000 – 22,000
Brewing productivity (hl/ mar hr)
40-50
Packaging efficiency %
90-98
NR bottle productivity (hl/man hr)
20-25
Refillable bottle productivity (hl/ man hr)
10
Materials usage efficiency (brewing extract) %
97-99
Total extract loss across plant %
4 to 5
Liquid losses %
2 to 4
Packaging materials losses %
0.5-1.5
Return on capital %
15-25
Capacity utilisation %
Over 90
BOD in wastewater (mg/ hl)
1 to 1.5
Water usage/ unit production
2.5 to 4
Energy (steam) usage (MJ/ hl)
5 to 6.5
Electricity usage (kWh/ hl)
70-150
Greenfield cost/ unit of capacity ($/ hl)
40-70
Conformance to plan/ product specs %
100!
Customer complaints %
Zero!
Safety (lost time frequency)
Zero!

From The Brewer and Distiller International Vol 4, Issue 7, July 2008, p21

6 comments:

  1. Wouldn't be surprised if the new variations of mash filters now produce 99-102% extracts.

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    1. I'm sure I've heard of 104%...

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  2. You mean breweries like Cloudwater are wasting materials and incurring extra costs, then trying to pass them on to the buying public? I thought competition in a capitalist market was supposed to sort out that sort of malarkey.

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  3. If you use materials efficiently to produce output, you are gonna get a decent yield. That's an industrial process. Boring.

    If you play with hops and experiment you're gonna have to pour a lot of undrinkable pish away. But that's craft! That's what we want. That's how an economy should work. I want to pay for entitled posh beardie man children to not have to ever get a proper job. I want them to sell out to Coors for millions, laters.

    I'm bored with my reliable mass produced car. It always runs, never breaks down. Boring.

    I'm off to buy a craft car. Hand built by a guy that like to play with metal and petrol.

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  4. Cookie's right of course. When we've got *enough* money, that's exactly the kind of car some of us like to buy. Brilliant!

    Phil's wrong of course, "breweries like Cloudwater" aren't "wasting materials" - they're *using* more. That's how come it's so tasty. Brilliant!

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  5. ... and of course, more "Output per employee" = more unemployment = more time to drink beer! Brilliant!

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