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Experimental brewery opens at university

Fri 17 January 2020, 11:01 am

A new experimental brewery opened in December at the Medway campus of the University of Greenwich.

The Jellicoe Brewery is being run by the faculty of engineering and science and will experiment with brewing techniques. The project currently has three technicians, two chemical engineers and a nutritionist involved, and will include researchers from the university’s food innovations group.

Richard Anthony, from the faculty of engineering and science, is overseeing the project. He said: "We're looking to be innovative, experimenting with combinations of recipes and brewing techniques in a fully sustainable fashion that perhaps haven't been considered yet by the brewing community.  

"We'll be looking at things such as low oxygen brewing in the mashing and cooling phases to enhance and preserve flavours. And developing new strains of yeast with our microbiology specialists. We have the freedom to explore the intricacies of the yeast, with the technology to do it quickly.”

The Jellicoe Brewery intends to initially brew batches of between 10 and 15 litres, using recipes from nearby Nelson Brewery. The first brew will be from a Nelson IPA recipe and the university will then create its own recipes.

Anthony added: "Flavour, body and texture are key characteristics of brewing. You can throw everything in the pot and through experience get the outcome you want. And there's a lot to be said for 'feel', but as scientists we want to be able to predict outcomes of novel techniques by accurate modelling."

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Jane Harrington, added: "The Jellico Brewery is a great example of the collaboration and innovation that this university is known for. I look forward to watching its progress and seeing the results of their work."

 

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