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New or used equipment’s – best approach when purchasing microbrewery equipments

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In India, the concept of microbrewery is in its early  stages. That is why there are not much used equipments available at present. So, whenever we talk about used equipments we look at the equipment which are originally designed for other industries. It could be dairies, soft drink plants, etc., where only some of the processing equipments can be used. The other option is to import the used equipment from markets like China or East Europe.

Now let’s have a look at the new equipments. There are few provider/suppliers are available in India or you can look at some other countries also for suppliers. Before we invite the proposal from suppliers, we should be very clear and specific about our requirements with detailed specifications. The more we nail down the details, the less is the margin of error and fewer changes during the course of construction which will result in less extra charges.

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Following are the set of points which should be considered while planning for microbrewery equipments:

  • How many different Beers do you plan on brewing
  • How many brews would you be comfortable brewing per week (One brew generally takes upto 8 hours)
  • What will be the yearly capacity of microbrewery – It could be 200 Litres to 1000 Litres Beer per day.
  • Space required for brewing equipments.
  • What would be the outer finish of equipments – Stainless steel (It would be the cheapest and easiest to maintain), Copper expensive and hardest to maintain, but best looking) or Stainless steel with copper bands.
  • Where and how to consider integrating some used equipment.
  • Costing – equipments and its installation.
  • Packaging – Bottles/cans and their sizes.

Please feel free to write me if you require any other  information related to microbrewery equipments.


Setting up a microbrewery-Step-7 – Implementaion

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microbrewery implementationOnly a good project planning can lead towards a right project implementation. All the planning should have completed before we move to implementation part because we can not start planning for implementation while we are actually implementing.

We can use some project management technique to manage the project. We can use CPM/PERT (Critical path method / Performance evaluation review technique). It will help us organize our thoughts and work. It may help us in following ways:

  • Prediction of deliverables
  • Planning resource requirements
  • Controlling resource allocation
  • Internal program review
  • External program review
  • Performance evaluation
  • Easy to use

Let us now look at the different points to be considered at the implementation stage of a microbrewery.

  • CPM/PERT network, detailed structure and schedules
  • Freezing out progress monitoring procedures
  • Freezing out reports in terms of types, frequency and scope.
  • Order beforehand, major equipment and long delivery items – Depending on location delivery  may take 30 to 60 days.
  • Complete and detailed Working drawings
  • Infrastructure

–        Construction material
–        drains
–        architectural
–        piping, electrical

  • Selecting best among the specifications and technical bid documents
  • Review Vendors’ drawings, program details, projections and performance
  • Giving contracts to contractors to take things forward
  • Construction management systems and procedures
  • Process for other pending licenses/ legal requirements
  • Note down the feasible changes

Phew! Implementation is the most tough and interesting task. Here you can see your dream actually taking a shape!

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Setting up a microbrewery-Step-6 – Project planning

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microbrewery project planningOkay, so as of now we are done with first five steps required to set up a microbrewery, they are Conceptual examination, Market intelligence, Feasibility study, Project justification and Financial analysis.

Today we are going to discuss the next step which is project planning. Till now we have gathered and analysed lots of relevant info/knowledge. In this step we are going to convert that knowledge to concrete plans, objectives and deliverables.

Project planning basically is a discipline to pin down as what all steps are required to complete a project within a certain timeframe, along with defined stages, and with designated resources. It can be divided into 4 simple steps as follows:

Setting objectives – measurable objectives in terms of timeframe.
Identifying deliverables – specify when and what task would be delivered.
Planning the scheduling – Effort required for different series of tasks along with the schedule.
Making supporting plans – who will do what work, communication channel, amount of risk involved in accomplishing the different tasks etc.

Now let us look at some of the points we need to look at while doing a project planning for a microbrewery set up:

  • Master schedule – with smaller tasks and respective goals
  • Work break up – who is doing what, how and with timeline
  • Complete details of every step – like detailed engineering, working drawings.
  • Lists – for different vendors/contractors/suppliers
  • Procedural strategy
  • Procurement commercial terms and conditions, warranties
  • Liability list ready – during construction, operation, product
  • Cost control estimates
  • Cash flow forecasts, establish contingency plan
  • Equipment decision – new/old, who will supply
  • Basic amenities – like electricity, water, transportation/logistics

Tell me if I am missing any point in project planning. In next post will discuss about the implementation part.

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Setting up a Microbrewery

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setting up a microbreweryContinuing my previous post about Microbrewery and opportunities in India, this post is about how to establish a Microbrewery.

The idea of starting your own microbrewery is a potent combination of business and pleasure. Starting a Microbrewery and selling Beer is becoming a hot and trendy business in India. Microbrewery start ups have a substantially better than average success rate as compared to other businesses.

Besides the availability of funds, there are certain factors which need to be considered before setting up a microbrewery. They are:

Selection of brew: What kind of Beer you want to brew and what variety/quality will make you to stand above the competition from commercial Beer or other microbreweries. This can also be answered with what kind of Barley, Water, Hops, Yeasts (any special strain) etc. you want to use to get that special Beer you wish to brew.

Location of the Microbrewery: As of now the concept of Microbrewery in India, is restricted to bigger cities like Gurgaon, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi etc. These cities follow global trends and it is more likely that people here have an inclination to try more variety/ flavored Beer over the commercially available ones.

Requirement of space: This usually depends on the capacity you want to produce, types of equipments, sitting capacity (in case of Brewpub) etc. Because of its size, a reasonable Microbrewery can be started in a single room or the basement/ terrace of your apartments (Depending on availability of power, water and appropriate licences)

Licensing: The license for operating a microbrewery is issued by the respected state excise department. If you wish to start a pub also along with microbrewery then you need to apply for a separate license.

Equipments: Based on the Beer type and the capacity, the brewing equipments are selected. The basic equipments are Mash tun, Hot liquor tank, kettle, wort aeration, apparatus, plate heat exchanger, vessels etc.

Most of it is usually available for online buy, but it is preferable to interact with someone knowledgeable from the industry. Usually hiring a Microbrewery consultant eases of a lot of your pressures. They can help you with all the requirements, processes, formalities, setting up, procuring and some amount of marketing too.

In the next post I will talk about the costing that go in setting up a Microbrewery

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April 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Microbreweries in India

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A microbrewery is a brewery (Beer producing unit) which produces a limited amount of beer. The capacity of microbrewery in Beer production is ranges from 100 Litres per day to 5000 Litres per day. Microbrewery usually focus on brewing quality beers for local, statewide, or region wide distribution. Since microbreweries produce Beer in small batches so they are able to provide a diverse selection of Beer flavors and varieties. The concept of microbrewery first became popular in America, around 30 years ago. However now days microbrewery is becoming fast popular in India as well. There are many microbrewery units coming up India in the cities Like Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai etc.

Microbreweries which are installed in pubs,restaurants, hotels, clubs, malls etc. are generally referred as Brewpubs. Based on the volume and variety of Beer produced microbrewery can also be reffered as contract brewery, regional brewery, craft brewery etc.

There are lot of factors due to which restaurateurs, food enthusiasts and investors are looking at setting up Microbreweries in India. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Young consumers prefer fresh and customized Beer over bottled Beer, largely because of exposure to global trends
  • Unpasteurized nature of Beer
  • Beer consumption market is growing rapidly (More than 300% in North India)
  • Cost of production is less than buying commercial Beers
  • Low taxing condition and licencing fee levied by state excise government (though some investors debate that the taxes are pretty high, compared to the global market)
  • Its easy to set your own microbrewery, specially with specialized consultants available with the requisite knowledge
What’s your view on the above?

I often go there with my friends for some  fresh and chilled beer at this wonderful brewery next door.

In my next post I shall discuss as what all it require to set up a microbrewery. So stay tuned with a glass of Beer!!

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April 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm