The quality control methods employed by breweries are too time-consuming and unspecific to allow the brewer to ensure the microbiological quality and safety of beer. The present proposal is a combined R & D- Demonstration project, which aims at providing rapid, specific and thoroughly tested PCR methods for the microbiological monitoring of brewing processes. The aim of the R & D phase is to establish PCR methods which posses a level of sensitivity, simplicity and specificity to warrant their introduction to routine quality control. The PCR technology is expected to allow rapid detection and tractability of contaminants and determination of their harmfulness. The Demonstration phase aims at proving the technical and practical viability of the new methodology on a realistic scale in order to enable successful transfer of the PCR technology from the research phase to appliance. Effective dissemination of the project outcomes using existing organisational framework of the European breweries will facilitate the adoption and acceptance of the new technology.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
RH1 4HY Redhill
OX3 0BP Oxford/headington
EH8 8DD Edinburgh