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Feel the process | The packaging of products is something that, apart from the beer itself, speaks to the consumers. Packaging is present in all parts of the production process, involves the majority of plant departments, and runs through all stages of the supply chain. Therefore, understanding what our bottles and cans experience, or in human words: what they “feel” in the process, turns out to be crucial to the brewing businesses and – as various real-life cases show – leads to wonderful benefits. Especially, when the “feeling” is translated to data.

The profile scheme for investigating the aging aroma contains attributes such as fruity, honey-like, sherry-like as well as cardboard similar to moist cardboard (Foto: A. Pesaric by

Ageing behaviour | Forced ageing at 40 °C is one of the most common methods for assessing sensory stability of pale lager beers. However, different aroma profiles frequently arise in practice compared to natural ageing at 20 °C. The present article describes the ageing characteristics of pale lager beers during forced and natural ageing, both in sensory and in analytical terms. The contribution is based on research results that have been published in BrewingScience, May/June 2018, volume 71.

Haze-active proteins | Although mostly avoided, uniform beer haziness is the main visual attribute for specific beer styles, such as wheat beers (e.g. Belgian Wit, German Weizen etc.) and hazy IPAs.

Nature MulitPack by KHS - Binding solution with secure dots of adhesive (Photo: KHS-Group)

Barrier technology | The Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) recently voted in favour of extending the mandatory deposit on containers to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles and beverage cans.

Laboratory (Photo: Lucas Vasques, Unsplash)

The European Brewery Convention has updated two of its methods: method 4.14 “Modification and Homogeneity of Malt: Calcofluor Method” and method 6.5 “Extract Content of Maize: Enzymatic Method”.

Quality control | Beverage producers aim to manufacture products of consistent quality that meet specifications. The prerequisite for this is a comprehensive quality analysis, not only during production, but also on the finished product. Quality control also includes the carbon dioxide content as it significantly contributes to the taste experience.

Brewing economics | A sustainable future for brewing: obiviously, everybody is for it – but how do you actually evaluate and implement sustainable brewing practices and procedures that not only resonate with consumers but also make sound business sense, both in the boardroom and in the brewery?

Microscopic image of Saccharomyces cerevisiae recte diastaticus

Over-attenuating yeast | At the turn of the century, hardly anyone in Germany was familiar with this yeast. Nowadays, Saccharomyces diastaticus has virtually become a household name, especially among craft brewers. Some use it to brew novel beers in the style of those from Belgium. Others, however, fear this yeast and despise it as a beer spoiler, conducting extensive analyses to detect the merest traces of its presence in an effort to eradicate it in their breweries.

Sustainably produced beer is fast becoming people’s top choice Bildbeschriftung Bild 2: = Abb. 2 BU

Sustainable and economical | A new generation of conscious consumers has driven significant change in the brewing industry. High-quality beer is now available in a range of flavors and varieties that align with consumers’ expectations, including low-alcohol, alcohol-free and gluten-free beers. But taste is not the only driver of new product development; rising concerns over the environment mean that sustainably produced beer is fast becoming people’s top choice. Now the question is, how can brewers improve the sustainability of their processes and end products to meet demand while also continuing to work economically?

Zapfhähne (Photograph: Patrick Köhler on Pixabay)

Pros & Cons | The basic layout of a dispensing system has already been discussed in the article „Dispensing System Design: Keg Coupler, Hose, Faucet – Finished?“ [1]. Based on this premise, the present article discusses the details of various options for setting up a dispensing system, along with their major advantages and disadvantages. It must be stated up front that a perfect dispensing system does NOT exist – however, there is an optimal solution for every situation.

Enjoying a beer! (photo: Mabel Amber on Pixabay)

Clear enjoyment | Who would not enjoy a clear, cool beer? The authors hope that everyone can continue to simply enjoy it so they focused their research on an approach for monitoring and quality control in beer production based on optical scattering methods, with the aim of developing a simple and flexible measurement instrument for in-line monitoring. The instrument presented could be installed directly in product plants or vessels and used for checking CIP procedures.

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