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  • How resveratrol - the elixir of youth - provides health benefits
    It seems that resveratrol, the red-wine ingredient once touted as an elixir of youth, activates an evolutionarily ancient stress response in human cells. The finding should dispel much of the mystery and controversy about how resveratrol really works.
  • Magnetised yeast makes sparkling wine faster
    The time taken to remove waste yeast from wine can be reduced from weeks to minutes if the yeast itself is magnetised.
  • Why beer bubbles over - the physics of beer bottle foam-over
    Finally, some important physics - researchers have worked out why if you tap the bottom of a newly opened beer bottle it froths up and foams everywhere.
  • Image exploitation used to improve wine quality
    Grapes can be graded for quality and be checked for foreign object contamination simultaneously using a new system under development in Germany.
  • Wine drinkers least likely to suffer adverse alcohol-related consequences
    It is not news that more frequent binge drinking of any alcoholic beverage is strongly associated with an increase in adverse alcohol-related consequences such as blackouts, driving after heavy drinking, missing work due to drinking, accidents, unprotected sex, encounters with police. But new analysis has looked at the types of drinks chosen.
  • The wheat beer phenomenon
    Specialty beer is the principal market growth area in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Germany with long-established beer markets. No exception to this is the success of wheat beer.
  • Making wine healthier for consumers
    Researchers have developed measures to identify and reduce biogenic amines in wine, where they can be of particular risk to human wellbeing.
  • Zero gravity and the palatability of beer
    The latest in beer technology was flowing - and free falling - at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where researchers have been using their new zero gravity research facility to test the effect of zero gravity on the carbonation and palatability of beer.
  • The taste of vodka
    Transient cage-like entities where the ethanol molecule is sequestered by surrounding water molecules could hold the key to explaining why vodka drinkers exhibit brand preferences for a drink that is supposed to be tasteless.
  • Finding a way forward for the local wine industry
    Despite Australia’s legendary success in developing wine export markets, the industry has recently come under severe stress and must take action to deal with the challenges it faces, according to a recently released global industry report.
  • Beer and bone health
    Researchers have found that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon with beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops being the richest in silicon. Silicon is implicated in bone health.
  • 60,000 b/h Chinese brewery
    Over the past two decades, the growth rate of China’s beer market has been gigantic and there is still no lean period in sight. For example, within a couple of years the Tsingtao Brewery will be brewing as much beer on its own as all of the breweries in Germany put together.
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  • New brewery for Sydney
    Barons Brewing has announced a partnership with Independent Liquor Group (ILG) to build a $30m+, state-of-the-art, domestic brewing facility, with the capacity to produce 250,000 hectolitres of beer per year at ILG’s Sydney warehouse in Erskine Park.
  • Alcohol-free beer captures the mood of the moment
    Alcohol-free beer is the only non-sweet sports drink and is showing potential in a new market area.
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  • Anton Paar Alex 500 alcohol and extract meter for beer
    Alex 500 from Anton Paar is an alcohol and extract meter for beer that determines alcohol and extract content, kilojoules, degree of fermentation and other parameters.
  • GEA Filtration beer recovery plants
    GEA Filtration has developed beer recovery plants which recover beer from surplus yeast in tank bottoms by means of cross-flow membrane filtration.
  • Anton Paar Snap 50 digital alcohol meter for micro-distilleries
    Anton Paar has developed the Snap 50 digital alcohol meter for use in small distilleries.
  • Krones AG CombiCube system
    The Krones AG CombiCube system is suitable for smaller specialty breweries with up to 250,000 hectolitres of sales-quality beer or large industrial-scale breweries that brew small batches of specialty beers. The system is modularised in construction, permits a customised design configuration and can be easily expanded.
  • CoMac 1T-OW one-way plastic keg filling system
    CoMac has developed a compact single-head, semi-automatic, one-way keg filling system - the 1T-OW - for the non-returnable craft beer keg market.
  • Key Technology VitiSort red wine grape sorter
    Key Technology's VitiSort is designed for sorting red wine grapes. The compact system combines a patent-pending mechanical MOG (material other than grape) removal shaker and optical sorting with an integral juice recovery system.
  • CombiCube F brewhouse for small and mid-tier breweries
    With the CombiCube F for the filter cellar, Krones says it has progressed the modularised concept of the CombiCube series for another section of the brewing process.
  • SensoTech LiquiSonic Plato ultrasonic sensor
    The SensoTech measuring system LiquiSonic Plato is an ultrasonic sensor that meets the requirements of hygienic and bypass-free installation conditions. It can be used to measure the wort directly in the process. LiquiSonic Plato is drift free and requires neither maintenance nor optical windows to the process.
  • Krones Stromboli wort boiling system
    The Stromboli wort boiling system is claimed to consume up to 40% less energy than its conventional counterparts.
  • Steinecker CombiCube B compact brewhouse
    Compact, frame-based construction, with standardised vessels for the mashing, lautering and wort-boiling processes, are features of Steinecker’s CombiCube B brewhouse for an annual production output of up to 150,000 hL.
  • ADM Packaging Technology stand-up pouch machines
    ADM Packaging Technology provides a full line of packaging equipment supplies to fill the demand of the rapidly growing need for pre-packed products.
  • Krones CombiCube B brewhouse
    Compact-sized, frame-based construction and standardised vessels for mashing, lautering and wort-boiling processes, are features of Steinecker’s CombiCube B brewhouse, for an annual production output of up to 150,000 hL.
  • Brewery automation
    Braumat Compact has been designed for start-ups and smaller brewery projects, while Braumat Plus, with its integrated plant asset management, is suitable for large brewery projects. Both packages are based on the Siemens Simatic PCS 7 process control system, which can be deployed in a variety of industry sectors.
  • Solid seal system
    With the expandable bung/cam locking system, the Rack-it-Teer makes the wine racking process faster and uses less purging gas. It allows for the filling and emptying of 10 or more barrels to each bottle of purging gas used, assuming gas is used to fill or empty the wine barrel.
  • pH kit for wine
    The HI222 professional pH kit for winemaking is a meter dedicated to wine measurement. The bench meter allows a two point calibration using buffers 7 and 3. Since wine analysis usually occurs in the range 2.5 to 3.6 pH, errors due to calibration are greatly minimised. Calibration Check features on the HI222 prompt the user to clean the electrode if required and can warn if the buffer has been contaminated. The electrode condition and response time are displayed and monitored on the meter's LCD. The user can program a calibration reminder using the Calibration Alarm Time Out. The HI222 also features Log-On-Demand.
  • Wine-alcohol refractometer
    The Misco handheld wine refractometer is available in Australia and New Zealand from Scientific Solutions.
  • Screwcap closures for wine
    Amcor is installing new equipment at its closures plant to produce metal screwcap closures for wine bottles. Production of screwcaps will commence in mid 2005.
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  • 'Aroma recovery' improves the taste of alcohol-free beer
    Researchers have developed a technique to enhance the aroma of alcohol-free beer, which is often perceived as 'tasteless' by consumers.
  • Australian Grape and Wine Authority begins operations
    The Australian Grape and Wine Authority has begun operations. It brings together R&D functions and marketing and export regulation functions following a proposal by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia.
  • Cold pasteurisation to replace sulfites in wine?
    German company Edecto has developed and patented a 'cold pasteurisation' method that preserves liquid products at moderate temperatures. The method is being trialled with wine as an alternative to sulfur dioxide as a preservative.
  • How many bubbles in a glass of bubbly? Fewer than you'd think
    A single glass of champagne is generally thought to contain 15 million bubbles on average. But a French chemist has challenged this figure, suggesting that the mathematical formula used to arrive at this estimate has oversimplified the matter.
  • NZ focuses on 'lifestyle' wines
    A partnership between the New Zealand wine industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries is aiming to make the country the world’s leading producer of high-quality, reduced-calorie and lower-alcohol 'lifestyle' wines.
  • WFA to consider feedback on wine industry consultation
    A two-month consultation period on the wine industry has closed. Individuals and wine organisations were asked to submit feedback on 33 recommended actions aimed at restoring the wine industry’s profitability.
  • Salmon food from whisky
    The Scottish salmon and whisky industries are teaming up to boost sustainability. The partnership will convert co-products from whisky production into feed for salmon and fish farming.
  • Woolworths signs Wine Industry Code of Conduct
    Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) has welcomed Woolworths' decision to sign the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct as a commitment to good commercial practices with growers.
  • Japan embraces Tasmanian whisky
    The latest shipments of Sullivans Cove Whisky from Tasmania went to distributors in Canada, Spain and Japan, where demand is being driven by local whisky fans' increasing knowledge and awareness of Tasmanian whisky in general.
  • Bombay Sapphire appoints new master distiller
    Bombay Sapphire has announced that experienced distiller Nik Fordham has been appointed to the position of master distiller.
  • Cask wine sales falling, imports increasing
    When it comes to wine, Australians are opting for bottle rather than cask - but less money is making its way into Australian wine producers’ pockets.
  • Get more out of your winery sludge
    Ever wondered what to do with your winery sludge? If so, tune into the ISEKI Food Association’s (IFA) webinar, Reutilization of food waste: Ultrafiltration for the fractionation of winery sludge phenols, on 18 February.
  • The celebration continues as Coopers retains anniversary product
    Coopers has announced it will retain its Celebration Ale as a permanent line. The product was introduced in 2012 to celebrate the brewer’s 150th anniversary.
  • AWRI offers advice on smoke taint for winemakers
    The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has developed an information page for winemakers and grapegrowers that gives advice on how to deal with recent hot weather conditions and the potential for smoke taint.
  • OIV publishes good fining practice for allergens
    The OIV has published a document for winemakers entitled Good fining practice guidelines for wine to be applied after the use of proteinaceous [allergenic] wine fining agents [casein and egg white].
  • Lion to close Swan Brewery
    Lion has announced its intention to close Western Australia’s Swan Brewery, with 80 roles being made redundant as well as impacts on contract labour requirements.
  • Scientists hope to manipulate microbial communities
    Cornell scientists hope to shape microbial communities to produce liquid biofuels and other useful products.
  • Small winemakers dump cork
    In announcing the results of this year's Winewise Small Vigneron Awards, Winewise editor Lester Jesberg said, "The use by small winemakers of the screw cap seal instead of cork for their wines is turning into an avalanche".
  • Benzene in non-alcoholic beverages
    Overseas agencies have recently reported the presence of benzene in some non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Protein-enriched food from winery waste
    The wine industry is set to benefit from a technology being developed at the University of South Australia that enables winery wastewater to be turned into a protein-rich feed source for farm animals.
  • Glass-on-glass closure for wine
    Alcoa Closure Systems International has begun commercial production of Vino-Lok, its 'glass-on-glass' closure system for wine bottles that it developed as an alternative to corks and synthetic stoppers. Alcoa will supply the new glass closures from its Worms, Germany, facility to several wineries in Europe that provide wines to Lufthansa.
  • Wine industry seeks $225 million R&D investment
    Australia’s wine industry is seeking to boost investment in research and development to $225 million per annum to maintain the edge that new technologies and innovation has given the industry over its global competitors.
  • Australian wine quality causes Europe to take note
    An increase in the quality of wine being produced in Australia is forcing European wine makers to take notice.
  • Insulating wine and beer against ultraviolet rays
    Australian beer and wine could soon come in glass bottles that insulate them from the damaging effects of ultraviolet and visible light.
  • WineTech 2005
    WineTech 2005, the national wine industry suppliers' trade show, will again be held within the heartland of the Australian wine producing industry, Adelaide, in July next year.
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  • Chappellet Vineyard: new technology for age-worthy wine
    Chappellet Vineyard & Winery has become among the first in its industry to install VitiSort, the optical sorter for wine grapes from Key Technology.
  • Double the efficiency for Brazilian brewer
    Brazil's second-largest brewing conglomerate, Grupo Petrópolis, ordered two identical breweries from Krones AG when it expanded in 2013-14. Both breweries have two filling lines and a capacity of six million hectolitres.
  • Grupo Petrópolis grows with Krones
    As part of its rapid expansion, Grupo Petrópolis - Brazil's second-largest brewing conglomerate - has built two new breweries, each with a capacity of six million hectolitres. Krones won the turnkey order for the two breweries.
  • Nothing but beer leaves Erdinger brewery
    To ensure no keg filled with caustic lye leaves its brewery, Erdinger Weissbräu installed a FLIR Systems A-Series thermal imaging camera that measures the temperature of every keg before it leaves the conveyor belt of the filling installation.
  • Sorting the MOG from the must
    Key Technology has conducted several full-season trials with wineries in North America, Europe and Australia to verify the effectiveness of its VitiSort sorter for red wine grapes.
  • Australian Brewery brings back the can
    With so many boutique breweries springing up, brewers need to do something different to stand out from the pack. A Sydney-based craft brewery, the Australian Brewery, decided to break from tradition by brewing in cans.
  • From concept to reality: the Little Creatures story
    Little Creatures began when a group of friends decided to make an idea a reality. The company now produces more than 100,000 hectolitres of beer annually in Fremantle and will start production at its new brewery in Geelong.
  • Homebrew hobby to commercial success in 20 years
    The Avery Brewing Co has quickly grown from brewmaster Adam Avery’s homebrew hobby to a successful medium-sized brewery, which required a significant change in production and bottling techniques.
  • Korean brewery sees the light
    The Hite Brewery Company installed 25 Hanovia UV water disinfection systems at its Massan and Gangwan plants. The UV systems ensure water used in the production processes remains free from microbial contamination, ensuring a high-quality product.
  • Driving energy-efficient beer production
    During 40 years of around-the-clock operation, the Forst brewhouse produced 25 million hectolitres of beer. A new brewhouse with NORD Drivesystems reduced its primary energy consumption by 30% in the first week.
  • All roads lead to Connecticut
    CoMac, a global supplier of kegging, bottling and canning equipment, is installing a keg line for the Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut.
  • Brewhouse upgrade helps Florida brewer aim for the stars
    Upgrading to a CombiCube B brewhouse is paying dividends for a Florida craft beer producer. The new capacity will enable the brewery to meet growing demand for its products.
  • Worts and all: Veltins undergoes energy turnaround
    Investing in three parallel Steinecker brewing lines, including an EquiTherm energy storage system, has paid dividends for Brauerei C. & A. Veltins, saving 35% thermal energy and 20% electricity.
  • CoMac installs keg line for US craft brewer
    CoMac recently installed a keg line for craft brewer Oskar Blues Brewery. The brewery produces around 60 different branded beers from its 35,000 m2 production facility.
  • Cogeneration system fires up Geelong brewery
    Simons Green Energy has been awarded the contract to supply and install a 1200 kWe natural gas fired cogeneration system at the soon-to-be-completed Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong.
  • Wine in kegs: emerging Italian trend
    CoMac’s kegging, bottling and canning equipment is popular with the wine industry, and particularly with producers of wine kegs.
  • Krones line is a sparkling success for Bodega Jaume Serra
    Major cava producer Bodega Jaume Serra has installed a Krones line that maximises output.
  • Brewer uses smart pump to harvest yeast
    In the US, Mother Earth Brewing (MEB) has installed a Verderflex Smart unit to improve the quality of its yeast harvest.
  • Siemens helps the beer to flow at Lion Nathan’s Auckland site
    Siemens has offered the Braumat Process Control System to the brewing industry since 1980. Over the years, Braumat has evolved into a robust, reliable system taking advantage of the innovations in technology.
  • Licher’s showcase brewhouse inaugurated
    In April 2009, the privately owned Licher Brewery ceremonially inaugurated its new showcase brewhouse from Krones.
  • Pressure-sensitive labeller for Barossa brewery
    When the South Australian-based Barossa Brewery needed to upgrade to a new pressure-sensitive labeller for applying labels to its 375 mL bottles the CEO embarked on an exhaustive testing program
  • 120,000 hL/year brewery by Krones
    Krones has accepted a bid from New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wisconsin, for the erection of a Greenfield brewery with a yearly capacity of 120,000 hL
  • Glycol flow sensor for winery
    One company that is driving modern winery techniques is Martella Refrigeration, based in New Zealand's Blenheim-Marlborough winegrowing region
  • Non-pasteurised beer
    For several years now, Royal Grolsch NV and Simonazzi have been working together on a project aimed at making the packaging process for non-pasteurised beer increasingly reliable in terms of hygiene
  • Beverage bottling on high
    At 5100 m above sea level, a spring wells up from a glacier in the Himalayas, which is bottled by the Tibet Glacier Mineral Water Co
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