Newsletter - September 2021

Stay up to date with the latest in the Sensory and DraughtLab communities... Read More

New Feature: 2-AFC

There are several ways to determine if a significant difference exists between two samples... Read More

New Feature: Mobile Notifications

Starting this week, you will have the option to send mobile notifications to tasters when a panel starts... Read More

New Feature: DOD and Quality Rating Templates

We have released two new test templates - Degree of Difference (or Difference from Control) and Quality Rating (or Quality Score)... Read More

Using Sensory to Measure Smoke Impact on Hops

The 2020 hop harvest season was one, if not the, smokiest year on record in the Yakima and Willamette valleys... Read More

Line Score Feature Release

As part of our ongoing effort to provide more value back to you and business, we are excited to discuss the new features... Read More

Tips For Getting Back to Panel

Anyone familiar with the art of making sourdough bread knows about sourdough starters and the care required to bring one back to life after periods of dormancy... Read More

DraughtLab Giving Away Free Software During COVID-19 Crisis

DraughtLab is offering free access to their new app Sample Ox during the COVID-19 crisis. This new platform helps craft breweries build community and enhance engagement with their customers remotely... Read More

Tips For At-Home Sensory Testing

With widespread “stay at home” orders announced last week, many organizations are wondering how to run their sensory panels with fewer resources... Read More

3 Tips to Reduce Time & Cost in Your Sensory QC Program

It’s a situation we often see... a Sensory QC Program is in the organizational spotlight because of either shifting priorities, a recent uncaught issue, or the perception that they are slowing down production... Read More

Sensory Myths: Flexibility & Functionality

Just the other day, I was speaking with a friend in the industry and sharing in our woes regarding how much time and effort it can take to manage and maintain a strong sensory program... Read More

Limitations of the Mighty Triangle Test

We’ve all seen the headlines and felt the squeeze: “Craft brewers battling a hop shortage”, “What’s the haps with the hop shortage?”, “Millennials love craft beer, but will a hops shortage leave them thirsty?”. It isn’t difficult to imagine a scenario where we’re forced to find an adequate substitute for a key aroma hop in one of our growing brands. In the event that all 2017 Mosaics are imperiled by a natural disaster (let’s hope not!) how will you determine which hop (or combination of hops) can fill in without producing a major flavor difference... Read More

Batch-to-Batch Variation in Brewing: Let P-Charts Do the Work

“How do I know when the flavor of my beer is out of spec?”

I get this question a lot, and it truly is a fundamental question if your goal is to consistently brew great beer. Because of this, breweries need an easy AND objective way to tell if a given batch hits the flavor profile expected. This type of test has many names (e.g. go/no go, true to brand, TTB, etc.) and there are many approaches, all detailed below, but none so easy and powerful as using percent defect charts (p-charts for short).

Here’s what you’ll learn from this post:

  1. The different approaches of how to measure batch-to-batch variation
  2. Why we recommend p-charts
  3. An easy to understand guide with expert tips for using p-charts in your brewery
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Tips & Tricks - Describe Your Beer Results Page

Our Describe Your Beer app is a versatile sensory tool, with many applications for the brewing industry. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to get the most out of this powerful free app... Read More