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Development and demonstration of polymerase chain reaction based methods for process control in breweries

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Address
Tietotie 2
02044 Espoo
Finland

Participants (9)

BRAUEREI BECK GMBH & CO.
Germany
Address
Am Deich 18/19
28199 Bremen
BREWING RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Address
Lyttel Hall, Coopers Hill Road
RH1 4HY Redhill
C&A VELTINS GMBH UND CO
Germany
Address
An Der Streue
59872 Meschede
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Gipsy Lane
OX3 0BP Oxford/headington
PIKA WEIHENSTEPHAN GMBH
Germany
Address
Alte Akademie 3
85350 Freising
RINGNES A.S.
Norway
Address
Thu. Meyesgt 9-11
0307 Oslo
SCOTTISH COURAGE BREWING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
160 Canongate
EH8 8DD Edinburgh
STERNQUELL BRAUEREI GMBH
Germany
Address
Dobenaustrasse 83
08523 Plauen
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH
Germany
Address
Alte Akademie 3
85350 Freising