Rick Blankemeier has over 10 years of brewing and quality assurance experience in the craft brewing industry. He spent seven years as the quality assurance manager at Stone Brewing Co, two years as director of brewing operations at Modern Times Beer, and is currently the Director of Quality at Belching Beaver Brewery. Rick is an instructor in the UCSD Brewing Extension program, and really enjoys providing continuing education for current and aspiring beer professionals.
September 14th, 2020 | 46 mins 50 secs
Cans have become the primary packaging type in the U.S. craft brewing scene. While cans are a near-ideal package for maintaining the quality of the beer, it's important to understand the seaming process and how to diagnose and fix issues with the seamer. Failing to do so will lead to tremendous damage to brands and consumer confidence in canned craft beer. This presentation will focus more on the key quality indicators of seams, how to identify seam issues, tools needed to fix the issue, and how to adjust the seamer to fix the issue.