A team of researchers has launched a plan to
find out whether beer can be successfully brewed
on the Moon. Scientists from the University of
California are designing a fermentation vessel the
size of a soda can which they hope will be
transported on an Indian spacecraft due to blast off
later this year. They say finding out how yeast
behaves in lunar conditions is important for the
developmentof pharmaceuticals and
yeast-containing foods, like bread,in space. Rather
than separating the fermentation and carbonation
stages, as normally occurs during brewing, the
team will combine them eliminating the need to
release accumulated carbon dioxide which
could endanger a spacecraft.
The canister has three compartments, the top will
be filled with unfermented beer, and the second will
contain the yeast. When the rover lands on the
Moon a valve will open between the two
compartments, forcing a mix. Once the yeast has
done its job, a second valve will open to allow it to
sink to separate from the now fermented beer.
Beer Matched To Your DNA
A brewery in London is taking the adage that you are what you drink to a new level by
offering to make a custom beer literally matched to your taste buds. Meantime Bespoke
Brewery claims to brew beer based on DNA from testing of oral taste receptors through a
specific gene (TAS2R38, if you’re counting). “Hereditary variations in a person’s oral taste
receptors (the TAS2R38 gene) will be used to help determine their perception and proclivity
to sweet and bitter profiles, primarily based on the ability to detect propylthiouracil — a
chemical similar to the bitter compounds found in cabbage, raw broccoli, coffee tonic water
and certain dark beers,” said a Meantime spokesperson.
After providing a saliva sample, beer buyers spend time with Meantime’s brewmaster
Ciaran Giblin and get their hands dirty with hops and grains to perfect their own brew.
There’s more on tap than a six-pack — brewers will also get 2,000 pints of their custom
beverage to share. For those in it for the glory, optional add ons include creative agency
time to design your own packaging, kegs offered to your local watering hole
(no guarantees that they’ll accept it) and pint glasses moulded to your hand.
To some beer enthusiasts, the $30,000 price tag for this experience would be worth it
(and for that tab, you’d have to be pretty enthusiastic indeed.) Meantime seems to be
marketing the brewing package to those who want to lay claim to their own piece of the
ever crowded craft beer landscape (the website implies the cost of the package is negligible
next to the “unprecedented bragging rights with your mates”.) But in an increasingly
competitive, customizable and even self-serve marketplace, where home brewing
keurig-type systems for craft beer can be had for a mere $999, will even the most
star-struck beer quaffer be able to justify this price tag?
the crossroads of the beer world
Coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain
and Anheuser Busch InBev have announced
they’re teaming up to develop a new kitchen
appliance that makes alcoholic drinks in seconds.
According to a press release the project is
being spearheaded by a joint research and
development team. The machine will have the
ability to brew beer, mix cocktails, plus whip
up spirits and other mixers.
This is the first formal colloboartion for the two
beverage powerhouses but the idea of a one
touch home beer machine-meets-personal
bartender has been brewing for some time. In
2013, a robotic bartending device called
Monsieur raised over $140,000 on Kickstarter
and last year Soda Stream released the Beer
Bar in Germany and Switzerland—a home beer
making system that utilized a beer-flavored
concentrate to create a fresh, hoppy ale.
Both ventures eventually failed however.