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Some works have abilities like 25% chance of 25% faster brew time. Does it matter if I place this worker first in the task order (i.e. cleaning), or last (bottling)? Will it reduce the overall brew time or is it just for their task that they have a chance in reducing?

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No, the craft bonuses are applied regardless of where you place them in the production line. The important statistic that you should base your consideration on are as follows;

This means that you should assign your workers to the roles they're best suited to based on the statistics bonuses for each role below;

  • Cleaning - Patience

  • Cooking - Intelligence and Dexterity

  • Fermenting - Intelligence and Patience

  • Packaging - Dexterity

Choosing a worker with statistics that match the role requirements will improve the quality of your brew in addition to the craft bonuses.

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  • just to clarify, so if my packager has the increase brew speed by 25%, then it'll affect the entire brewing time, not just the bottling part?
    – l I
    Dec 22, 2013 at 15:08
  • "brew" in this game refers to the entire process
    – kalina
    Dec 22, 2013 at 15:09
  • I know, but usually you don't see them apply their 'bonus' until its their turn to do something
    – l I
    Dec 22, 2013 at 15:10
  • Still testing... the speed bonus seems to drop off once that worker becomes inactive, although putting a worker in the role of cooking instead of cleaning does seem to reduce the duration of the brew slightly (I think this is because cooking is a slightly longer process than cleaning or packing though since cleaning comes before cooking during a brew)
    – kalina
    Dec 22, 2013 at 16:06
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    I think you were right the first time, I put a double brewing speed guy at the packaging and the entire process went super fast.
    – l I
    Dec 22, 2013 at 23:54

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