The Breww Basics
First you need a Breww subscription (or demo account) and be signed into the Dashboard. If you've not got an account yet, please register now. The guide will explain how to get started with Breww and make it work for your business.
Fermenters and Brite Tanks
- Go to the
Productionsection using the main menu, scroll to the bottom and click
New Vesselin the Vessels section.
- Beers - Can be set-up from
Production → New Beer.
- Recipes - Can be set-up from
Production → Recipes → New Recipe.
Pinare automatically added, but any other Container Types you sell in can be added here. Just go to
Containers → New Container Typeand fill in the form.
- Any containers that you track can be added here, just click
Add Containers. After that you can then print their permanent barcode labels from your Thermal Transfer printer and stick them on to each container to allow for quick barcode scanning of rackings and deliveries.
Inventory and Products
- Ingredients can be set-up in the
New Stock Item.
- Your stock quantities and prices can then be added through
Inventory Receipts → New Inventory Receipt. For existing stock quantities just add an
Inventory Receiptwith a reference of
- Products in Breww sit as a layer above your stock and packaged beer that you create. They are effectively
just a name and a standard price that points at the packaged beer that need to be delivered for it. This
allows you to sell the same packaged beer under multiple different names or easily create mixed packs. To
set them up just go to
Products → New Product. Most products are created automatically throughout your use of Breww though, so actually you rarely have to set them up yourself.
- When creating the beer in the system that you already have sitting in your brewery, you'll want to simply
create the historical gyle in the system and rack it into the containers that the beer is in. I'd recommend
leaving a note on these gyles when closing them (at the bottom of the
Production → TransferScreen) to say that they were added historically and might not represent the entire Gyle (just so you know in the event of an audit not to fully rely on them)
- Go through the
Settingssection of the menu to make sure you're happy with the defaults! The one that will definitely need attention is
Invoice Settingsto add your bank details, logo, etc.
Let's get into a little more detail
Keep reading for more detailed explanations on other parts of the system which you should be aware of as you get started with Breww.
Purchasing, Stock and Ingredients
Creating Stock Items
To create a Stock Item, go to
Inventory → New Stock Item and complete the form. If you
like the batches of your stock item to be tracked when received and throughout the production
process (recommended for Ingredients), select
Track Batches?. This option
cannot be changed after the item has been created.
Stock in Breww is added through Inventory Receipts. To record the receipt of new stock, go
Inventory → Inventory Receipts → New Inventory Receipt. You will then be able to
supplier of the stock, the delivery date and any reference (usually the PO reference).
Then on the
Inventory Receipt Edit screen you can input which items were received, how
much and the price per unit of measurement (e.g. for
Grain, price per kilo). If the item is batch
tracked, the inventory receipt will then require the batch numbers and expiry dates of the
items received. Click the green
+ symbol next to the item line and enter this
At the bottom of the
Inventory Receipt Edit screen is the additional costs section.
This allows you to record the delivery costs of the goods, in order to receive more accurate cost reports.
When you are ready to move this stock from draft status into inventory, click onto the
Receipt Detail screen at the top, ensure the details are correct, and then click
Post. This will move the draft stock into your inventory.
If you ever have a supplier call to warn of a contaminated ingredient that needs to be recalled you can use the
Ingredient Recall functionality. Go to
Inventory → Ingredient Recall and simply enter
the Batch Code and Ingredient and Breww will find every Gyle, Cask, Keg and Bottle that’s been filled with beer
created from that ingredient batch.
Creating a Beer
To create a new Beer, go to
Production → New Beer and then fill out the form. At the
bottom is the
Containers Packaged In section. This is where you specify which Container Types you
will package this beer in, and will automatically create the corresponding Packaged Beers and Products for this
beer. This can also be created later, (see Create Packaged Beer, or Create Products).
Creating a Recipe
After you have created a beer, you may want to create a Recipe so that Breww is able to automatically generate
ingredient lists for your Gyles when they are created, or calculate stock required for your Gyle plan. To create
a Recipe go to
Production → Recipes → New Recipe, enter the initial details and click
Create New Recipe. After it is created you can then add the ingredients for the given
batch size. These are then scaled up or down as necessary when creating a Gyle from the recipe. Make sure to
assign the Recipe to the Beer, so that Breww allows you to brew a Gyle of the beer from this recipe.
Planning and Starting a Gyle
Breww allows you to create Gyles in a
Planned state before starting them. To plan a Gyle go to
Production → New Batch. Then fill in the details of the planned Gyle.
When you are ready to start this Gyle, go to
Production → View All Batches and click
on the Gyle number and then click the green
Start Batch button at the top right of the
screen. Breww will then ask how much you have/will create and where you have/will move the beer. It will only
show available vessels. Breww will then start the Gyle and if there was a recipe assigned it will automatically
pull ingredients and their batches from Inventory on a First In First Out basis (FIFO). This can be used to pick
ingredients from the ingredients storage for the brew, or edited to reflect which batches of ingredients and
quantities were actually used.
Racking can be done from either
Full Containers. To rack from a vessel, go
Production → Racking. You then have the options of Racking from Scanner Input,
Manually, or to Smallpack.
Racking to Cask or Keg from Vessels
If you are using Scanner Input, you must first scan all the Reusable casks you have racked into (remember to
Clear barcode first to empty the scanner of your previous scanner data). Then choose which
Vessel you have racked from, click on the scanner box, and scan the
Transmit barcode on your
scanner. The scanner input will then transmit and fill the box. When racking you must choose which Container
Type you are racking into. If you have racked into multiple types and scanned them all don’t worry, Breww will
ignore scanned Casks that are not of the specified type. So you don’t have to only scan the
upload them, then go back to scan your
Kilderkins, and then upload them. Scan everything, and use
the same scanner input for each container type you create a Racking for. If there are any non-returnables of the
specified container type, enter the number into the
Number of Non-Returnables field.
You are able to also record any volumes lost if you spilled any beer during the process and want it recorded,
otherwise simply enter
0. There is also a Notes box to record any particular notes about the
Racking so you can refer back to them if you ever need to.
After you have finished racking you will need to print off your Stock Labels. To do this, go to
Production → View All Batches, click on the Gyle and then click
it will be for a
Racking to Smallpack from Vessels
When racking to Smallpack you can specify whether it was done on-site or whether it was sent for off-site
packaging by a third-party. Click the relevant tab and complete the form. If it is an off-site packaging, you
will then need to return when the Smallpack returns and go to the
Smallpack → Received from
off-site Packaging tab and complete the form.
After a smallpack packaging has been created, it will generate a unique barcode for this packaging that can then
be stuck onto the Smallpack Cases if desired. This can be printed from
Production → View All
Batches, click on the Gyle and then click
Print All Gyle Labels at the top
Racking from Casks or Kegs
To rack from a specific Cask or Keg into another Container, go to
Containers → View
All and select the container you are racking from. Click
Rack Container and
specify what was racked from it and the reasons for any losses (for auditability purposes).
Emptying a Vessel
Once you have completely finished with a Batch and have only trub left, you will need to empty the vessel. Go to
Production → Transfer and scroll to the bottom and click
Vessel. Here simply specify which vessel you are emptying and why the remaining quantity in it is being
scrapped. Then click
Creating a Product
Products in Breww are very flexible. They represent a quantity of something you have in stock (a
Stock Item) that you wish to sell. To set up a product go to
→ New Product and give your new product a name, code, price and vat rate. You will then specify what it
is you will be selling when this product is placed on an invoice. For the vast majority of cases this will
simply be one packaged beer (i.e. when I sell a Product called
Belgian Blonde – Firkin, I am
Belgian Blonde packaged in a
Firkin (the Packaged Beer)).
If the Packaged Beer has not been created yet, simply go to
Production → Packaged Beers → New
Packaged Beer to let Breww know that you intend to package this
Packaged Beer and then
create the product to let Breww know that you wish to sell it. (In many places Breww does this automatically for
you, so there is no need to do anything).
Creating an Invoice
To create an invoice go to
Sales → New Invoice. This will open a
Invoice. Add the customer it is for, and the issue and due dates. Click
Invoice. Then you must specify whether this order will be collected by the customer or delivered to the
customer. On the right of the Invoice details select the delivery/collection date and click
Now you are ready to add your Invoice Items, scroll down to Invoice Items and add the items to the order. If a
product you expect to see is not there, it either needs to be created or it has been marked as obsolete. After
you have completed the invoice you may leave it in
draft form until delivery day (recommended in
case they change their order last minute) or
finalise it there and then with the
Finalise button at the top.
Creating a Pricebook
Breww supports two different type of Pricebook, a
New Pricebook or a
Pricebook. A New Pricebook has completely different prices irrespective of any other pricebooks, whilst a
Discount Pricebook sets discount ranges on quantities of products bought.
To create a Pricebook go to
Sales → Pricebooks → Create New Pricebook. The select
Discount Pricebook or
New Pricebook and input the details, and the products
that they should include.
Pricebooks can then be assigned to Customers, Customer Groups or specific Invoices.
The Delivery Day
When it comes to a delivery day, go to
Deliveries and click on the date. This will
contain all of the deliveries that you have to complete that day.
First the casks must be assigned to the deliveries. On this screen, click on
Item Summary and
Scanner Assignment View. This will contain all of the
Packaged Beers that you must get out
ready for delivery that day.
After they have been retrieved from the stock room, print your delivery labels from the
Then click on the
Scanner Container Assignment Box on Breww and scan the
barcode. The box should fill with the scanner data. Then click
Assign Containers to
Deliveries and Collections. This will then automatically assign each Cask or Keg to each delivery.
When your deliveries are ready to leave the Brewery to be delivered, click
Mark Delivery Day as Left Duty Suspense. The beer duty is then
calculated and the deliveries marked as Out for Delivery.
When Out for Delivery
When out for delivery you are able to bring up Breww on your phone and click onto each delivery as you arrive at
the Customer. You can then click
Mark Delivery as Complete and then take a signature
from the customer. Click
Invoice Options → Sign Invoice and take a signature from the
Confirm Signature → Submit to save it.
Creating a New Container Type
You can set-up as many Container Types as you like in Breww. To set them up, go to
→ New Container Type and simply fill in the details.
Creating New Returnable Containers
If you would like to track a container simply give Breww the number of the container and Breww will create it as
a permanent container in your system. Go to
Containers → New Container.
Containers In Trade
To view your containers in trade go to,
Containers → Containers in Trade. Click the
Map View tab to view them all on a map.
When you need to scan containers back into the Brewery after collecting them. Go to,
→ Return Containers → Scanner View and transmit your scanner data up to Breww, click
Beer Duty Return
Your current and historical beer duty returns can be found in the Beer Duty section. Click on
Beer Duty → View Current Return to view your current return and click
View Beer Duty Breakdown to view a breakdown of everything that went into that return.