Basic Lab Equipment for Your Brewery​

Broadcast Date

Thursday, August 8, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Central


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Webinar Summary

One of the biggest hurdles breweries face when attempting to set up a basic quality lab is deciding what equipment is necessary. The difference in price for equipment can leave a lot of questions as to what is necessary, affordable, a good deal or just plain garbage. John Giarratano has spent the last five years building Inland Island Yeast Laboratories. During this time, he has tried everything from DIY equipment, repurposed Pharma equipment, and buying new. This webinar will focus on the needs of a start-up quality department, which equipment options are best and what can be achieved with each piece of equipment. Everything will be discussed, from microscopes and hemocytometer for doing basic cell counting to more advanced equipment like incubators and PCR for QC micro programs.


Dana Johnson, Birko Corporation


John Giarratano, Inland Island Yeast Laboratories

About the Presenter

John Giarratano
started his career in Mammalian Cell Culture at pharmaceutical giant Genentech in San Diego, California. Over the next five years, John was immersed in sterile technique while working in two state of the art GMP manufacturing facilities. This experience followed John back to Colorado where, after earning his master’s degree in Bioengineering, he changed industries and was put in charge of yeast propagation for a Biofuel company called Gevo. In 2014 John took his experience in Cell Culture and Biofuels and applied it to the brewing industry by starting Inland Island Yeast Laboratories. Over the last four and a half years, John has grown Inland Island from a lab in his basement to a full-scale yeast and bacterial manufacturing operation, working with over 300 breweries and employing more than ten full time employees. John continues to push Inland Island to the cutting edge of product quality and very best in customer service.

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