BRAUWELT International 6-2020
FERMENTATION AND MATURATION
EDITORIAL - What a year it’s been!
2020 has truly confronted us with some unexpected challenges. But it’s almost over. It is now time for us to look back on a year that has demanded perseverance and necessitated improvisation from all of us.
THE YEAR THAT WAS – At the virtual World Brewing Congress (p. 445), US brewers Rebecca Newman, John Mallett, Paul Pettinger and Jason zumBrunnen recounted the problems they have thus far experienced in their breweries around the topic of “business continuity in a covid-19 environment” – and shared the solutions they have come up with. Our author Dr. Ina Verstl conveys how the pandemic has affected the international brewing industry in general on p. 398, while Dr. Karl-Ullrich Heyse presents an overview of the industry figures of the previous year and gives an outlook on 2020 on p. 402.
What will the future bring? The current cider wave first swept the industry in the second decade of the new millennium. However, since growth has recently slowed for a number of cider producers, the question remains: what does the future hold for cider? Elva Ellen Kowald addresses this question in her article on p. 405.
Clever ideas – Moving on to topics of a more technical and technological nature: the economic and social pressure to preserve the world’s resources is unrelenting. Digitalization can provide assistance in our efforts to do so. In the article on p. 416, we demonstrate how, according to the company Andritz, a combination of modern process technology and the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) can make it possible to further optimize mash filtration.
Achieving balance on a filling line – Conveyors and buffers on beverage filling lines are exceedingly complex but can be successfully managed given the proper design. Disruptions in a filling line can rapidly lead to losses which diminish overall efficiency. Buffers are intended to absorb disruptions in the machines on the filling line to ensure that the flow of bottles remains constant. In the article on p. 424, we describe how buffers can be organized in an ideal manner to achieve this goal.