I have what most would call a “decent” yeast lab for my brewery. It includes all of the normal candidates for yeast collection, staining, counting, plating, growing, and long term storage. Plus, many of the tools needed to test for and identify the source of various forms of biological contaminants. And apparently this has not gone unnoticed. I have been contacted a few times now by commercial breweries/wineries to track down and identify the source of a contamination issue. This of coarse means drawing numerous samples from their facility (liquid, swab, and membrane filtration), culturing samples, staining cells, etc. This also means that I supply all of the tubes, pipettes, medium with yeast inhibitors, stains, slides, etc as well as the use of my microscopes, incubators, and other lab equipment.
Anyways… Anyone have an idea as to where one would find a price guide as to what to charge these parties? Considering the amount of interest I am assuming that I am priced fairly low. While I am making them pay for all materials used as well as a hefty hourly wage, I am just not sure of a price point for the service. :roll:
FWIW using the average salary for a diagnostic lab technician to determine a price point for hourly wages is not going to work. I already charge more for my services than that. And I do not advertise that I offer this service. All parties have tracked me down by word of mouth.