Improve Beer Quality

“We use a systematic approach for better beer quality and consistency”

Our approach involves analysis of symptoms, diagnosis of root cause and recommendations for the best solutions. We have helped breweries solve all kinds of problems for over 25 years. The steps of our approach are:

Sample Analysis

  • Third party chemical and microbiological testing
  • Sample Analysis includes:
    • Analytical (AE, ALC., OE, RE, colour, BU, pH)
    • Shelf stability
    • Micro (aerobic, anaerobic, Y&M)
    • Air/CO2

Taste Profiling

  • A descriptive sensory analysis by experienced beer industry tasters
  • Taste Profiling includes:
    • A panel of certified beer tasters
    • 2 flagship brands
    • blind tasting
    • confidential report

Plant Site Visits

  • Armed with the analytical, micro and taste information the First Key Quality Specialist will conduct a site visit reviewing the technical data and observing first-hand the process, procedures and equipment in the brewery.
  • Plant Site Visits include:
    • 2 days for on-site visit and report for breweries up to 3000 hl/yr
    • 4 days for on site visit and report for breweries between 3000-10,000 hl/yr
    • 5 days for on-site visit and report for breweries over 10,000 hl/yr

Report and Recommendations

  • Analytical, microbiological testing and taste profiling results plus observations and recommendations are presented in a confidential written report.
  • Report includes:
    • Scorecard of taste / lab / process results vs. best practice
    • Recommendations for improvement developed jointly by the Brewery and First Key’s Quality Specialist, ranked by priority


  • Brewery implements the recommendations in the report
  • Brewers to confirm satisfaction (eg, 2-3 test brews)

Second Report

  • Analytical, microbiological testing and taste profiling are repeated and compared to results from the first report to validate improvements.
  • Improvement Assessment includes:
    • Second lab analysis
    • Second sensory evaluation (taste panel)
    • Report / Scorecard to compare results against the results of the first report to validate improvements