Originally Posted by BigB
The Whitelabs QC program is for microbreweries-not home brewers. I wouldn't see any advantage for a homebrewer to have such an analysis done because you are dealing with such small batches and you have no profit motive. I don't see how knowing what microorganisms and the specific amount of IBU's in a homebrewers batch of beer would be of any help. Further, if consistency varied slightly from batch to batch, would it really matter? Afterall, you don't have a consumer public to worry about.
Because it would be cool, and in the scheme of things $130 isn't really that expensive to many homebrewers.
I could see doing this in two situations.
1. You have a house recipe that you brew several batches of a year and you want to know exactly what it is (just because it would be neat to know)
2. You have a common flavor (could be a good one or a bad one) in all of your beers and you suspect a house bug/infection. You want to ID the bug so that you can either propagate it and make the most of its unique characteristics or confirm what the infection is