Please find below the following PRESS RELEASES:
New International Calibration Standards for HPLC Analysis of Isomerized a -Acids
Since 1998, the ASBC, EBC, IoB (now IGB), and BCOJ have been working together toward the creation and international adoption of a single set of HPLC standards for use in the quantitative determination of isomerized and reduced-isomerized a -acids in hop products and in beer. These international calibration standards (ICS) have now been produced, analyzed, and verified for the benefit of the brewing industry by the International Subcommittee for Isomerized Hop a -Acids Standards.
The purity of each standard was determined using various HPLC procedures, elemental analysis, and other methods. The standards were later reanalyzed, using an isocratic version of EBC Method 7.8, following which the total concentrations of the major isomerized a -acids were declared to be 1) DCHA-Iso, ICS-I1 (iso-a -acids standard): 64.5%; 2) DCHA-Rho, ICS-R1 (rho-iso-a -acids standard): 65.5%; 3) Tetra, ICS-T1 (tetrahydroiso-a -acids standard): 97.9%; 4) DCHA-Hexa, ICS-H1 (hexahydroiso-a -acids standard): 65.7%. Samples of these standards showed excellent stability after eight months at room temperature, although freezer storage is strongly recommended. Their purity will be monitored to ensure continuing suitability for use.
Detailed information pertaining to each standard, plus full instructions for use, is available on request and supplied with each purchase. These standards are now available, each at $60 per vial (including packaging and shipping to all destinations). Contact ASBC headquarters: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +1 (651) 454-7250. (Note: the same standards are also available, at the equivalent price, from Labor Veritas, Zürich, Switzerland; contact email@example.com; Web site: www.laborveritas.ch).
EUROPEAN BREWERY CONVENTION
issued by the Analysis Committee 2000
The 15th Standard Malt has been accepted after analysis by the Analysis Committee of the European Brewery Convention. The malt can be used for checking the results of test methods described in Analytica-EBC or for calibration of apparatus (e.g. Friabilimeter) or other methods (flow injection, near infrared reflectance etc.).
The order is to be sent to: Technical University of Munich
Because of the risk of uptake of water and change of values once the tin has been opened an immediate use is recommended.
Results are shown in the table.
The repeatability value for wort colour visual by comparator (*) is given as an indication because repeatability cannot be estimated in the case of an interval basis measurement.
figures of Friability+, Glassy Corns+ and Partly Unmodified Grains+
are based on the Friabilimeter Calibration Network (FCN).
The figures of Friability+, Glassy Corns+ and Partly Unmodified Grains+ are based on the Friabilimeter Calibration Network (FCN).
4.5.2: Extract Difference of Malt: Congress Mash has been archived.
Method 4.5.2: Extract Difference of Malt: Congress Mash has been archived.
Method 8.13.1: High Molecular Weight ß-Glucan Content of Wort: Enzymatic Method as well as Method 8.13.2: Fluorimetric Method are under research. The values will be published when the methods have been approved.
For each method, the following values were calculated:
- reference value
- tolerance (95% confidence level)
- repeatability (95% confidence level)
Values in brackets were obtained with small number of results and are only an indication.
This table should be used as follows to check duplicate results obtained when analysing the malt:
1. the difference between duplicates should be less than r95
2. the mean result should lie within the range: reference value ± tolerance
For example, the measurement of Total Nitrogen % dry matter, the difference between duplicates should not exceed 0.036 % d.m. and the mean value should be 1.558 ± 0.061, that is between 1.497 and 1.619 % d.m.
News from the Council of the European Brewery Convention
Reporting on the 110th Council Meeting (October 2002)
and related issues
New Council Members
Dr. Stéphane Dupire (Interbrew, Belgium), Mr. Francisco M.
Ferreira do Amaral (Central de Cervejas, Portugal) and Mr. Glen Sörlie (Ringnes,
Norway) had been nominated new Council Member. They succeed Mr. E. van den Eynde,
Mr. J.M. Machado Cruz and Mr. S.E. Kjekshus, respectively.
New Mission Statement for EBC
The Council adjusted the Mission Statement of EBC to fit the new focus: cooperation with 'The Brewers of Europe' (CBMC). The direction of EBC is changing from exchanging information only internally for technical people and sharing information to drive the brewing science forward, to influencing a broader spectrum in Europe. The new Mission Statement reads as follows:
The objectives have been adapted in accordance with the
Mission Statement. The full text is available from the EBC Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Co-operation with "The Brewers of Europe" (CBMC)
EBC will increasingly connect its activities with those of CBMC. A close interface between EBC and CBMC should ensure that proper and speedy action can be taken to prepare status reports that can serve to lobby for and to defend the industry at EU level. EBC's core business will be to supply scientific/technical arguments to do so. To achieve that EBC will start building up expertise in new topic areas (safety, mycotoxins and environmental issues are examples) to support CBMC, while also maintaining its traditional activities. To better cope with this EBC's structure will be adapted, e.g. by re-shaping the Technology & Engineering Forum.
Joint Lecture Session Dublin Congress
The EBC Congress in Dublin (17-22 May 2003) will offer a good opportunity to inform delegates of these new developments. In addition, a joint EBC/CBMC half-day lecture programme will be arranged on the Wednesday afternoon; papers will a.o. deal with trade-related issues like for instance alcohol, market and environmental issues, preceded by a general introduction on the objections and organisation of CBMC and the co-operation with EBC.
HACCP Working Group
A joint EBC/CBMC Working Group HACCP has been installed to
develop an 'Industry Code of Practice'. In view of the EU Food Law and the
requirement for traceability it was thought to be of great value if such a
guideline could be developed to give methodology for quantifying risks in
site-specific processes. The outcome of the work undertaken will be presented at
the Dublin Congress.
29th Congress – Dublin, 17-22 May 2003
Table Top Exhibition
The official Invitation Brochure with detailed information on the exhibition and a registration form has been distributed. Copies are available from the EBC Secretariat.
The lecture programme has been assembled. Areas covered include Beer & Health (3 papers), Consumer Issues (4 papers), Flavour & Flavour Stability (6 papers), Packaging (2 papers), Raw Materials (4 papers), Yeast & Fermentation (7 papers), Risk Management (4 papers), Processing (7 papers). Professional update sessions are included as a new feature. These are meant for 'learning and refreshing knowledge' and comprise of instructive rather than original scientific papers. Topics covered by these parallel update sessions are Raw Materials (7 papers), Hygiene (5 papers), Product Quality (7 papers) and PCR-based methods (7 papers).
The 'Call for Posters' is still open. Anyone wishing to submit a contribution for consideration is invited to inform the EBC Secretariat before 1 December 2002. Details can be found on EBC's website: www.ebc-nl.com
Provisional Programme with Registration Form
The provisional congress programme with registration
information is expected to become available in January 2003.
Topics for future EBC Symposia will include 'Mycotoxins and
other Contaminants in the Malting and Brewing Industries' (26-28 January 2003),
'Environmental Issues', 'Sanitary Engineering', 'Quality Systems' and 'Sensory
Evaluation & Drinkability'.
Zoeterwoude, November 2002
Proceedings 28th EBC Congress published
The Proceedings of the 28th Congress of the European Brewery Convention (Budapest, May 2001) have been published, on CD-ROM.
This is the first time EBC has produced a publication in electronic format. The CD-ROM contains the complete congress proceedings in pdf-files (portable document format), which can be viewed and browsed using the software Adobe Acrobat Reader. A User's Guide explains how to take optimal advantage of the search facilities offered.
The Proceedings contain the texts of
all lectures and posters (109 contributions in total); these are published in English with
summaries in English, French and German. Descriptor indexes (in the same 3 languages), an
author index as well as curricula vitae with photographs of authors and co-authors are
also included. The publication further contains information on EBC in general and on the
EBC Committees & Groups. The list of congress delegates with full address details as
well as the list of participants in the exhibition of scientific institutes & brewing
schools are added.
The Proceedings contain the texts of all lectures and posters (109 contributions in total); these are published in English with summaries in English, French and German. Descriptor indexes (in the same 3 languages), an author index as well as curricula vitae with photographs of authors and co-authors are also included. The publication further contains information on EBC in general and on the EBC Committees & Groups. The list of congress delegates with full address details as well as the list of participants in the exhibition of scientific institutes & brewing schools are added.
The following topics are covered:
Beer and Health (9
The Proceedings have been sent to all registered congress delegates. Additional copies can be ordered from:
Fachverlag Hans Carl tel. +49 911 95285-0
at the price of EURO
at the price of EURO 81,20/copy.
Zoeterwoude, 4 January 2002
Analytica- Microbiologica -E.B.C. published
The E.B.C. Analysis Committee has a long and successful track record in preparing and standardising analysis methods for the brewing and malting industry. Analytica -Microbiologica -E.B.C. is the essence of the E.B.C. Microbiology Subcommittees knowledge. All methods to be found on this CD-ROM were prepared and recommended by this subcommittee.
The publication was produced in electronic format only, due to the need of updating a document like this on a regular basis. For the first time, Fachverlag Hans Carl uses a code-key protected installation procedure. The CD-ROM file of Analytica-Microbiologica-EBC is based on Adobes Acrobat Reader and uses all features of this wide-spread document handling software.
The CD-ROM reflects the best and most practicable methods of microbiological work in the brewing industry, covering all aspects of production, from raw material to packaging.
The Index is divided into four sections, each with numerous sub-sections.
Sections are as follows:
Section 1: Microbiology
(Principles of Microbiology, Controlling Brewery Hygiene, Yeast, Bacteria, Moulds)
Section 2: Microbiological Techniques
(Sterilisation Methods, Sampling Methods, Laboratory Techniques)
Section 3: Yeast Analysis
(Yeast Mass Determination, Yeast Viability, Yeast Morphology )
Section 4: Detection of Contaminants
(Detection of Contaminants in Wort, Yeast and Fermenting Beer, Beer, Water, Barley and Malt, Media and Reagents for Microbiological Analyses)
Annex 1: Hygiene Legislation
Members of the EBC Microbiology Subcommittee:
Tore Hage ( Norway )
The CD-ROM can be ordered at a price of EUR 99, (exclusive of postage) from:
For more users, network licenses are available at a price of:
EBC BARLEY & MALT COMMITTEE
Results Field Trials, Crop 2001
The present report summarizes the EBC Barley Field Trials for Crop 2001. It is based on the comments of the 4 regional chairmen, and is intended to highlight tested varieties that may be of interest to the malting and brewing industry.
For harvest 2001 trials, Scarlett and Barke have been used as standards for spring varieties, and Esterel, Tiffany, Clarine and Regina for winter varieties
As the trialed spring varieties varied from region to region, comments are relative to a specific region.
For more detailed barley and malt data on the above named varieties, please refer to the publication Results Field Trials Harvest 2001. Available on request through the national members of the EBC Barley & Malt Committee or from the EBC Secretariat, P.O. Box 510, 2380 BB Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands (tel +31 71 5456047/5456614; fax +31 71 5410013, e-mail: email@example.com).
Vice Chairman EBC Barley & Malt Committee
Beer at card game events -E.B.C. published
The European Poker Tour is one of the most prestigious card game events in Europe and as such European beer producers fight to sponsor the event. In America which has a longer tradition of major beer companies sponsoring all sorts of events such as sports or games, Budweiser is the most noteworthy among all beer sponsors.
Europe is starting to follow this tradition, both with games, poker and beer. The EPT is a major poker tournament event created by PokerStars and they needed a beer sponsor. It is not recommended to drink beer while you playing poker, or whenever you do a sports competition - except maybe the Oktober Fest, but the beer is for the fans. And there are plenty of poker fans in Europe.
Pokerstars is the leader of online poker with their pokerstars bonus code and they are sponsoring tons of events all over the world. The EPT Dortmund in Germany was won by poker star Sandra Naujoks who took home €917,000 first prize. The beer sponsor for this event was delighted with the attendance. Germany is certainly a prime country as far as beer is concerned, but other EPT tournaments taking place in England and France are promising too.