Did you know that you can manage everything from yeast inventory to yeast health data using Ollie Ops?
Start managing your yeast by setting up your yeast ingredients and yeast Inventory today!
Learn more about adding yeast ingredients here: Ingredient Setup Help
Learn more about adding yeast to inventory here: Raw Material Inventory Help
Check out the following details for more information about managing your data in Ollie Ops, and if you have questions, we're just an email away in Support!
We allow you to add custom fields so that you can track any piece of data about your yeast pitches that you would like. When your account is created we add one custom field for yeast by default - Pitch Rate (million cells/mL/°Plato). If you would like to track more data when managing your yeast simply head over to your brewery settings and select the "Custom Field" tab and add a new field. Be sure to select "Yeast Pitch" as the entity.
Pitching during batch creation
If you have left yeast in a tank or previously transferred yeast to a tank that you will be brewing into you can pitch the yeast right away when initiating brewing a batch.
Yeast from an old batch
When there is still yeast in a tank from an old batch you will be presented with two options:
- Pitch on top of the existing yeast
- Dump the yeast
If you choose to pitch on top of the yeast that is already in the tank you will be presented a form that will ask you to input the volume pitched, the cost that should be transferred from the previous pitch, the new generation, and any custom fields that you have created for your yeast pitches.
If you choose to dump the pitch you don't have to do anything else. The yeast will be removed from the tank and you will have to pitch the yeast later in the "Yeast" tab on either the brew log sheet or the batch detail page.
Yeast from a new pitch
If you have moved yeast into a tank and created a new pitch you will have the option to use this yeast for the batch you are brewing or to not use it. If you choose to not use it you will be required to manually remove the yeast from the tank by opening the action menu for the tank on the dashboard and selecting either "Dump Yeast" or "Transfer Yeast".
If you choose to utilize the yeast that is in the tank you don't have to do anything else. The information you entered when pitching it into that tank will be used and the yeast will be added to batch for you.
Pitching on or after brew day
If you did not move yeast into the fermenter prior to brew day you can pitch yeast from either the brew log or the batch detail screen.
- On either screen navigate to the yeast tab and click on "Pitch Yeast"
- Select the location that you would like to pitch from.
- If you choose to pitch directly from inventory you will not have the option to select the cost of the yeast you are pitching. The cost will be calculated for you based on the amount pitched and the cost of the inventory that you are pitching from. E.G. if you pitch 0.5 liters from inventory that had 1 liter at a cost of $100/liter the cost for that pitch will automatically be calculated at $50.
- If you choose to pitch from a previous pitch you have the option to move some of the cost from the previous pitch to this one. E.G. if you pitch from a previous pitch that had a cost of $50 and you choose $40 as the cost for the new pitch, the previous pitch will have $40 of cost remove from it and the new pitch will be assigned a cost of $40. This is useful for splitting the cost of your yeast across batches as you continue to brew with it.
- Enter the amount of yeast you will be pitching.
- Enter the unit of measure for the amount.
- Input the new generation for the yeast. A generation will automatically be assigned based on the previous pitch chosen, but this is entirely up to you and can be changed however you see fit.
- If you have chosen to pitch from a previous pitch enter the cost you would like to apply to this yeast pitch.
- Fill out the remaining custom fields that you have chosen to track for your yeast pitches.
- Click on "Save"
Editing a yeast pitch
You can edit a few pieces of information about the pitch after creating it. If you would like to edit the pitch:
- Click on the "pencil" icon next to the pitch that you would like to edit.
- Update the fields that you would like changed (pitch amount, unit of measure, generation, and any custom fields).
- Click "Save".
Adjusting the cost of a yeast pitch
As long as the yeast has not yet been pitched into another batch you can adjust the cost of the pitch.
- Open the action menu and select "Adjust Cost"
- Enter the amount of cost you would like to adjust for this pitch.
- To remove cost and put it back in the previous pitch enter a negative amount.
- To add more cost and remove cost from the previous pitch enter a positive amount.
- Optionally add a description for this transaction for future reference.
- Click "Save".
Removing a yeast pitch
As long as the yeast has not yet been pitched into another batch you can remove the yeast pitch entirely. After removing a pitch any cost that was transferred to that yeast pitch will be transferred back to the previous pitch.
- Open the action menu and select "Delete"
- Confirm that you would like to remove this pitch.
You can move yeast around your brewhouse as part of the management process.
Transferring from cone to cone
Transferring yeast from cone to cone will prompt you to create a brand new pitch just as if you were pitching yeast directly into a batch. See the instructions above for help with this operation.
You will have the option to dump the remaining yeast when performing this operation. If you check the "Dump Remaining" check box the remaining yeast will be removed from the tank.
Transferring from cone to brink
Transferring yeast from a fermenter into a yeast brink is very much the same as transferring yeast from cone to cone.
You will have the option to increment the generation and transfer cost if you would like. If you will be moving all of the yeast out of the fermenter into the brink it is recommended that you transfer cost just as you would when pitching directly into a fermenter. You can then move that cost along to the actual batch when pitching from the brink into the fermenter.
You will also have the option to dump the remaining yeast when transferring to a brink.
The cost of your yeast will be automatically applied to your cost of goods sold whenever you pitch yeast to and from a batch. When you adjust costs, remove cost from a pitch to another pitch, add cost back from removing a pitch, etc the cost of raw materials for your batch will be automatically adjusted. You can inspect all of these transactions from the "Cost Breakdown" tab on the batch detail screen.