Hey, the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewEXPO America is right around the corner, taking place in Nashville from April 30 to May 3. The trade show floor gets bigger and bigger every year, and to save you some time, we reached out to the exhibitors for a sneak peek of what they will be showing off at their booths this year. Stay tuned for the entire “What to see at CBC 2018” series over the next few weeks. It’s a great way to plan out your expo hall path and save some of that walking around time for drinking.
Portable dissolved oxygen measurement for the beverage industry
Minimize dissolved oxygen throughout your brewing process with Hamilton’s Beverly. Beverly is a portable dissolved oxygen meter specifically designed for small, midsize and industrial breweries. This affordable handheld device is built with a rugged exterior to withstand any area of your brewing environment. The built-in handle even allows it to be hung on the tank. Long battery life and three-button simplicity make this the most usable DO monitor on the market. Inside the Beverly is Hamilton’s renowned VisiFerm DO optical sensor with built in intelligence, allowing measurement in liquid or gas. From fermentation to packing, let Beverly help keep oxygen out of your beer and quality in.
Easy yeast analysis with Oculyze Better Brewing app
Oculyze Better Brewing is a quick and easy yeast analysis tool, allowing you to take control of your fermentation process. Through its mobile microscope and app, you can automatically determine concentration, viability and budding count in a matter of minutes. The data management system puts yeast analysis in the cloud and allows you to review your results history from anywhere, anytime. The additional features of the web app allow you to generate customized reports, view historical data and track your yeast over time. At the booth (#2929) try out the mobile yeast counter that attaches directly to a smartphone yourself. Oculyze will be introducing new features coming up this year. And, mention that you heard about them through Craft Brewing Business and get a FREE T-Shirt (while supplies last).
Simultaneous detection of six spoilage organisms in one test with Weber Scientific
This kit from Weber Scientific was developed to rapidly detect major spoilage micro-organisms within three hours directly from a contaminated beer sample or two hours following a 24- to 48-hour enrichment step for clear beer. The test allows for simultaneous detection of: Bretanomyces, Lactic Acid Bacteria (including hop-resistant strains), Megasphaera, Pectinatus, Saccharomyces diastaticus and Zygosaccharomyces. The detection of spoilage organisms in contaminated beer is 100 cells per mL (CFU). Detection by enrichment is 1 to 10 CFU.
An eight well portable Microcycler, a first in the industry, is available for $600. It can be used for immediate processing of samples on site. Features include wireless connectivity, straightforward programming and software with real time display. For larger users a 96 well gradient PCR thermocycler is accessible for $3,600.
Tom Boudreau, market specialist at Weber Scientific, shared: “Six tests for the price of one is extraordinary. Before this new test breweries typically paid more for just one parameter. And having a Microcycler for only $650 makes advanced testing affordable for every operation.”
Dive into new brewing courses at UC Davis
Take your craft to the next level with new courses in sensory science, brewing chemistry and an online series in beer quality from UC Davis Extension. New courses feature sensory evaluation and consumer research techniques you can apply to your craft brewing operation and fundamentals of the underlying hop and boil chemistry critical to successful brewing. Plus, this summer it will be offering the first course in a series of self-paced online courses from “The Pope of Foam” Charlie Bamforth. Explore topics such as foam, flavor, freshness and quality. Stop at booth 1517 or visit online for a full listing of available courses.