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  • EBC Barley & Malt Committee - Results Field Trials, Crop 2001
  • Invitation to Exhibit at the 29th EBC Congress in Dublin, 17-22 May 2003
  • New International Calibration Standards for HPLC Analysis of Isomerized a-Acids

 

 

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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: asbc@scisoc.org or phone +1 (651) 454-7250. (Note: the same standards are also available, at the equivalent price, from Labor Veritas, Zürich, Switzerland; contact admin@laborveritas.ch; Web site: www.laborveritas.ch).

 

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EUROPEAN BREWERY CONVENTION

15th STANDARD MALT

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.).

Order

The order is to be sent to:             Technical University of Munich

                                                         Chemisch-Technische Analyse
                                                         Weihenstephaner Steig 23
                                                         D-85350 Freising
                                                         Fax: +49-(0)-8161-71-4418
                                                        
e-mail: cta@wzw.tum.de
                                                         or   hagen@wzw.tum.de

 Price
Price per tin (600 g):     15.00 Euro   plus  charges for conveyance

 Payment
Payment has to me made in advance by remittance order on receipt of the invoice to the account of Amtskasse der TU München, D-85350 Freising, Account No. 400 1001, Bank: HypoVereinsbank Freising, Bank Code: 700 211 80, Swift Code BV BE DE MM mentioning always: Order for EBC Malt and BKZ No. of the invoice.
All bank charges to the debit of your account (AOR)

Shipment
On receipt of the amount immediate delivery (overseas export usually by air freight).

 

 

 

 

EBC

Method

n

Reference

value

Tolerance

±

Repeatability

r95

Moisture

%

4.2

31

4.15

0.36

0.17

Total Nitrogen

% dm

4.3.1

27

1.558

0.061

0.036

Extract Fine grind

% dm

4.5.1

30

81.98

0.94

0.43

Extract Coarse grind

% dm

4.5.1

27

80.02

0.24

0.47

Wort pH

 

4.18

28

6.01

0.14

0.04

Wort colour spectro

EBC units

4.7.1

22

3.26

0.94

0.25

Wort colour visual

EBC units

4.7.2

22

3.07

0.81

0.20 *

Boiled Wort colour

EBC units

4.7.3

20

5.62

0.93

0.35

Wort viscosity

mPa.s

4.8

25

1.523

0.057

0.017

Wort soluble N

mg/l

4.9.1

25

722

43

24

Wort soluble N

% dm

4.9.1

25

0.642

0.039

0.022

Kolbach Index

%

4.9.1

26

41.2

3.6

1.7

Wort FAN

mg/l

4.10

21

140

15

8

Wort FAN

% dm

4.10

22

0.125

0.013

0.007

Fermentability

%

4.11.1

19

80.9

2.5

0.6

Diastatic Power

WK/dm

4.12

17

240

55

15

a-Amylase

DU/dm

4.13

9

55.4

20.2

8.1

Modification

%

4.14

11

90.1

8.4

2.4

Homogeneity

%

4.14

10

75.7

15.7

7.5

Friability+

%

4.15

7+

82.4+

2.8+

2.6+

Glassy Corns+

%

4.15

7+

0.5+

0.4+

0.4+

Partly Unmod. Grains+

%

4.15

7+

2.6+

1.7+

1.5+

Total ß-Glucan fluo.

% dm

4.16.2

4

(0.55)

(0.05)

(0.04)

  

Note

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.

 The figures of Friability+, Glassy Corns+ and Partly Unmodified Grains+ are based on the Friabilimeter Calibration Network (FCN).

 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.

 

 

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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:

"To be the pre-eminent expert organisation of choice in Europe for all brewing, governmental and technical organisations acting co-operatively in pre-competitive areas of brewing and malting science and technology for the benefit of the brewing industry, consumers and the community."

The objectives have been adapted in accordance with the Mission Statement. The full text is available from the EBC Secretariat (secretariat@ebc-nl.com).

Co-operation with "The Brewers of Europe" (CBMC)

Closer interface

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.

Lecture Programme

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).

Posters

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.

Symposia

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

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 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 following topics are covered:

        ·               Beer and Health (9 papers)
·               Raw Materials (9 papers)
·               Processing (10 papers)
·               Yeast and Fermentation (25 papers)
·               Flavour and Stability (13 papers)
·               Foam (5 papers)
·               Analysis (18 papers)
·               Risk Management (4 papers)
·               Packaging (9 papers)
·               Environment (7 papers)

 The Proceedings have been sent to all registered congress delegates. Additional copies can be ordered from:

Fachverlag Hans Carl                  tel.            +49 911 95285-0

Postfach 990153                        fax            +49 911 95285-61
D-90268 Nürnberg                     e-mail            fachbuch@hanscarl.com
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 at the price of EURO 81,20/copy.

 

Zoeterwoude, 4 January 2002

 

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Press Release

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 Subcommittee’s 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 Adobe’s 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 )
Alan Kennedy ( United Kingdom )
Siegfried Hoffmann ( Austria )
Hilary Jones ( United Kingdom )
Marta Orive ( Spain )
Raffaele Sbuelz ( Italy )
Erna Storgaårds ( Finland )
Gudrun Vogeser ( Germany )

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EBC BARLEY & MALT COMMITTEE

Results Field Trials, Crop 2001

 

Executive Summary

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.

Standard varieties

For harvest 2001 trials, Scarlett and Barke have been used as standards for spring varieties, and Esterel, Tiffany, Clarine and Regina for winter varieties

Results

Winter varieties

  • Of the year 2 varieties, in regions Central and West, VANESSA is highlighted for its high kernel size and yield. It also shows particularly high DP in region Central trials and high extract in region West trials. In regions South and Central, LADOGA shows improvements in grading and a high yield, but has low DP.
  • Of the year 1 varieties, there is no noticeable improvement in yield. Nevertheless, in region Central, LEONIE and MADOU are pointed out for their extract, Kolbach index, viscosity, beta-glucan content at least equal to all standards. Moreover, LEONIE shows the highest fermentability. METEOR is noted for overall good malting quality.

Spring varieties

As the trialed spring varieties varied from region to region, comments are relative to a specific region.

  • In region West, of year 2 varieties, CELLAR is particularly highlighted, with improvements in viscosity, beta-glucan content, extracts and yield, and good grading and DP. COUNTY and NERUDA also show yields higher than SCARLETT, but with a lower extract, and higher viscosity and beta-glucans content in the case of COUNTY.
    Of year 1 varieties, ADONIS, SPIRE and PRESTIGE show the highest yield. PRESTIGE is pointed out from these three varieties by its higher malting values.
  • In region North, of year 2 varieties ALLIOT is highlighted for having a higher DP. ASTORIA and PRESTIGE are also pointed out for their overall quality.
  • In region Central, of year 2 varieties, NORDUS is highlighted, showing all traits equal or better than standards, except fermentability and DP. BODEGA is equal or slightly better than standards in all respects, but with a slightly lower fermentability. EXPRESS shows improvement in beta-glucan content, and ASTORIA has a noticeably higher yield than standards, although it shows a lower kernel size.
    Of the year 1 varieties, HAVANNA and ROXANA have improvements in beta-glucan contents and DP, with a good agronomic yield, but a lower extract. ROXANA also presents higher fermentability. PRESTIGE and JERSEY are highlighted for their lower viscosity and beta-glucan content. LANDORA and NERUDA are improvements in agronomic yield.
  • In region South, of the year 2 varieties, ASPEN combines an improvement in yield with a lower viscosity and a good DP. HANKA shows higher grading, extract, fermentability, lower viscosity and protein content. However, this variety is too late for the southern countries.
    Of the year 1 varieties, PRESTIGE and BODEGA are improvements in agronomic yield, grading and extract, the latter showing also a lower protein content. CELLAR is also pointed out for its yield and overall good quality values.
  •  

Further information

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: secretariat@ebc-nl.com).

L. Didierjean

Vice Chairman EBC Barley & Malt Committee

August 2002

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Press Release

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.

March 2010

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