Beer and Biotech

Beer and Biotech

Students from the biotech education in Kalundborg have been experimenting with brewing their own beer. As a final they presented their results for the brewers at Musicon Microbrewery in Roskilde.

The biotech students are normally surrounded by clinical walls in the laboratories, so it is a somewhat different classroom to present the results from their recent experiments.

Musicon Microbrewery, located in Roskilde’s new creative district Musicon, contains both beer taps, books about beer and board games.

This is the second time that students from Kalundborg are visiting the brewery. As a part of the fourth semester of the biotech education, the students have visited a number of smaller companies on Zealand, where they have worked with fermentation and with what really happens when making mead and beer.

“When the students were here the first time we told them about the different steps in the brewing process and we gave them a task on how to make a good, non-alcoholic beer,” says Peter Jelsted, head brewer at Musicon Microbrewery.

Many experiments

During their work with producing non-alcoholic beer, the students have done a lot of research on their own and have also found the yeast they needed to brew beer.

“We have experimented with many different chemical processes that occur in the fermentation and we have done a lot of research about all the brewing processes,” says Mahmoud Samir Bayragdar, who studies Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology.

“We have for example worked with pros and cons of different temperatures and compositions to get an understanding of what really happens when brewing beer”.

Beer tasting: Let’s go outside

The students present their experiments and findings to the employees and the owner of the brewery, who are all very interested in hearing about the procedures and results.

“We cannot guarantee that they won’t explode” the students say and for that reason suggest that the beer tasting takes place outside.

Head brewer Peter Jelsted tastes the different beers where some of them are better than others.

“It is actually not that  easy to brew beer and it has been interesting with the visit from Absalon,” Peter Jelsted says.  

“The students have asked a lot of good questions and it is obvious that they know of the processes of brewing, although there are still a lot of things they can work on”.

The students are also glad to have experimented with beer brewing.

“It has been different and very independent brewing our own beer. We had to order goods and do a lot of research ourselves. So we have been tested and we have challenged each other,” says Ida Maria Stenbygaard, who studies Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology.

“And then tt is great to visit companies  “in the real world". The fact that biotech can be used for so many things indicates that we can work many different places in the future”. 

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