Pump it up! Brew packs and Beer Brew Collabs!

By Patrick Layer
April 16th, 2018
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Streekbier festival voting

Hi MiniBrew Fans,


Sunny Greetings from the Netherlands and China. We are back with some news/update of the current development status.


What can you expect this update?

1) PUMP It up - Hardware testing

2) Brewpack development

3) Beer Brewing Collabs for the Streekbier Festival - we found a winner.

4) “Gruetzi mittenand” - Switzerland Calling

1) PUMP it UP - Hardware capabilities

Next to usability as well as functionality we are also testing the OTB MiniBrews and each of its component for lifespan - for each single part individuality, as well as the whole system in our laboratories as well as at our factory. For the last couple of weeks, we specifically focusing on the pumps and filters - since they are one of the most highly loaded parts during brews with a big malt bill. 

Currently, the tests are still ongoing but we can already notice that we’ve made specific progress between our WS 1.0, 2.0 until to the OTB series.


These tests will also continue when our new Engineering Build 1 samples are arriving at the end of the month.


Next, to the actual sensoric improvements the technical parts of the process are constantly being optimized as well. We have made slight alterations who were implemented into the process, for example, an extra lautering step (empty the mash tun by gravity)


In addition, to this small alteration, we have intensively tested our sparging functionality on the system. Sparging includes pouring water over your malt-bed after the mashing process, flushing out the leftover sugars in the spent grains.


At the MiniBrew the sparging happens by pouring water into the hole on top of the hops carousel. Here the water will be distributed by a flat plate with holes over the malt bed.

Sparging with minibrew otb

Sparging with the MiniBrew OTB

In a nutshell for the not so experienced brewers: “ It basically means that you get more beer!”

2) Brewpack & Recipe development

Further, we also received new brew packs to perform test brews and optimize them based on ingredient quality and consistency of the final brews.

These alterations are highly important when it comes to the ingredient consistency in ingredient quality and quantity and overall influence the reliability and quality standards of your beers.

Since we are testing various recipes with various brews including fermentation it will take some time before we can share all the information. We will keep you posted.

3) Beer collaborations & festival

Last but not least we represented MiniBrew on the Streekbier Festival, where we were serving 5 beers brewed by brewers on the MiniBrew as mentioned in the last two updates.


Congratulations to Bird Brewery and Stapzwan for winning the Collab Contest.


Here are some impressions from the blind tasting by consumers and beer experts/sommeliers.

beer brewing collabs streebierfestival_minibrew_cave

Blind beer tasting and voting

tasting at streek bier festival

Which ones was your favourite?

Streekbier festival voting

Who will be the winner?

the collabs breweries

the collabs breweries

4) “Gruetzi mittenand”

Besides, some part of the MiniBrew Team (Patrick, Rolf, and Robert) will travel to Zurich (Switzerland) tomorrow and happy to meet up with you guys on 18/19.4 if you are around - just drop an email to hello@minibrew.io :)


Stay Thirsty and until next time


Cheers
MIniBrew



P.S. Greetings from Adrien, Steven, Ko, and Bart that are currently at our factory in China and observing the production and testing the new EB1 series. 

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