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Krones | In the field of aseptic filling, Krones’ portfolio includes specialised machines for the various sterilisation techniques and products involved.

Professional exchange | Johann Angres, Managing Director of Steinfurth Messsysteme in Essen, Germany, received a great honor in April of 2019. He is the first German ever to be elected to the board of the ISBT. Never heard of the ISBT? The International Society of Beverage Technologists is the MEBAK or EBC of the soft drink industry. And because we also were not familiar with the ISBT, we decided to visit Johann Angres in Bochum to find out more about the association, his appointment to the board and the changes currently taking place at his company.

Flow cytometry | The risk of primary and secondary infection in beverages can be reduced if a beverage production facility is clean at all times and in all areas. Ensuring this is one of the central and cost-intensive tasks of beverage production. But how can you be sure that all pipes and equipment are always clean? How can this be monitored almost in real time?

Genetic test | Some contaminant yeasts make beer bottles and cans explode. Apart from being dangerous for consumers these ‘diastatic’ yeasts also cause loss of beer batches due to off-flavours, increased alcohol and over-carbonation in products. VTT scientists developed a genetic test for brewers to detect the strains that cause these problems. 

Beer analyses | The Omnium brewhouse concept by Ziemann has been operating successfully for the first time in a German brewery, Schlossbrauerei Reckendorf, since the beginning of April 2018 [1]. In the first part of the technological considerations, the results of brewhouse operation based on process times and data from wort analyses were explained [2]. The repercussions for beer quality resulting from technological factors described will be examined in this second part of the article.

Copa-Data GmbH | Together with zenon 8.10, the Salzburg-based manufacturer is also releasing a new version of its zenon Analyzer 3.30 reporting and analytics software.

Wort analyses | The new brewhouse concept Omnium by Ziemann attracted great interest among experts and practitioners after being unveiled at BrauBeviale 2016 and drinktec 2017. Reactions ranged from sheer surprise to anticipated criticism. The results of this interdisciplinary research and development project are derived from many tests from pilot to industrial scale from 10 to 140 hl [1-5]. First hands-on experience is now available at Schlossbrauerei Reckendorf.

Less is more | When producing beers using ale yeast strains in the pilot plant of the University of Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, fluctuations occurred in sensory quality of 50-l pilot brews. In some instances, beers were described as “lacking body” and as “empty”. It was assumed that this was due to excessive addition of dry yeast. As a consequence, a pilot fermentation process on a 0.5 litre scale was developed in order to obtain information about fermentation rapidly and with little expenditure.

Individual experiences | In recent years, dry hopping has become part and parcel of a scientific debate at several brewing colleges. But by far not all parameters have been investigated. A very important parameter, so far neglected scientifically, is temperature during dry hopping. Every brewer has made his own experiences in that field.

TPO calculation | The specific measurement of dissolved oxygen (DO) in beverages is a well-known, frequently used, and straightforward analytical procedure which yields highly precise results. However, sometimes it is not enough to know how much oxygen is dissolved in the beverage as also the oxygen in the head space may affect the product. Therefore, head space oxygen needs to be considered as well.

Laboratory tests | It is generally known that hops are able to do much more than provide beer with bitterness, aroma and microbiological stability. To-date, the focus was on yield of bitter substances and hop aroma. However, no systematic research exists about the influence of hop addition and time of addition on oxidative beer stability. A research project at the Department of Brewing Science of the Technical University (TU) Berlin (AiF 17439) was devoted to resolving this issue.