Presenter: Travis Audet, AB InBev, St. Louis, MO
Use of lauter tuns for wort separation is an essential step in
the recovery of extract converted in the mashing process.
The factors affecting lautering are vast, and often only a few
fundamental factors are considered. The presentation will
first examine pre-lauter tun factors that can have a significant
effect on extract efficiency. The presentation will then outline
factors involved in the actual lautering process that affect
extract efficiency. Finally, a review of innovative approaches
to the operation of lauter tubs and resulting improvements
in performance will be considered. For all parts of the
presentation examples from Anheuser-Busch InBev lauter tun
installations will be used.
Travis Audet has been brewing professionally since 1994
and has been a proud member of MBAA since 1997. He has
worked in brew pubs, craft breweries, brewing research and
development, and regional breweries in both Canada and the
United States. Currently, Travis is a brewing specialist for
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-I) based in St. Louis, MO. In his
current role, he serves breweries in the AB-I North American
zone, assisting in process improvement and optimization in
all areas of brewing from raw materials to bright beer tanks.
Travis has a degree in natural resources from the University of
Maine, holds an Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma
Brewer Certification, and is a current candidate for the
Master Brewer Certification. In service to MBAA, Travis
has held multiple voluntary roles, including district officer
positions, Membership Committee chair, Board of Governors
representative, and, currently, Education Committee chair.