Biersymposium 2023 by ERBSLÖH and Hamilton
“Attention brewers!” This year we hosted our Beer Symposium for the first time in a new way together with Hamilton Germany and what can we say: It was just great!
On Wednesday 20 September, in bright sunshine, we met up with our participants at the Mainz Fischtor and set off from there by boat towards the Rheingau. On the ship, we got to know each other a little better in our first conversations – and with our home-brewed beer in hand – until we started with the presentations. Falko Betzl, Sales Engineer Beer – Germany North & International of ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH, combined theory and practice in his talk and spoke about innovative stabilisation and filtration alternatives using the example of Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu.
After a joint lunch break, which was of course spent on the deck in the sun, Volker Müller, Head of Brewing at ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH, presented impressions from the 2023 barley harvest in Germany and already prepared the participants for some challenges that the raw material will bring this year.
Daniel Scholz, Area Sales Manager of Hamilton Germany GmbH, gave a presentation on oxygen measurement in breweries using Hamilton processes, and together with Ralf Otto, Technical Engineer Filtration of ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH, there was a short live demonstration of a portable oxygen measurement, which was specially manufactured by us for applications directly at the customer. The last presentation of the day was given by Lutz Wirsching, graduate brewmaster at Valmiermuiza Craft Brewery in Latvia. In his report, he spoke about the development of alcohol-free beers at his brewery and presented, among other things, the origins of the production: “Five years ago, we started with an alcohol-free IPA. For this, we were the first brewery to be provided with the yeast L-ACY by Erbslöh for experimental purposes.” Since then, new alcohol-free beers have been produced again and again. After the presentations, all those who attended had the opportunity to talk personally – the seats with a view of the beautiful landscape along the Rhine were of course particularly popular, and one or two beers straight from the barrel were of course not to be missed.
Back in Mainz, everyone continued with a guided tour of the city. The participants, who came from all over the German-speaking countries to Rhineland-Palatinate, were able to see the landmark of the state capital, Mainz Cathedral, among other things. Via the adjacent market square, they went to the “Schöfferhofer-Haus”, which housed the Schöfferhof Hofbierbrauerei brewery from 1860 onwards, and traces of an old brewery could also be discovered on the old city wall in Fischergasse.
Arriving at our last location for the day, the Mainzer Brückenkopf, we had a well-deserved finale with a joint beer tasting after the tight programme.
The beers were all provided by the respective breweries for this purpose – so a big THANK YOU to all of them at this point! With exactly 30 different types of beer, a rich buffet and many interesting conversations, a first great day in the historical setting came to an end.
After a short night, we met with all participants at the Eulchen Brewery at the Kupferbergterrassen in Mainz. There the presentations continued:
Volker Müller first spoke about the challenges of beer filterability and then about the different beer stabilisation methods worldwide. Silvia Mrvik, Application Specialist Biopharma at Hamilton Germany GmbH, spoke about yeast management and inline measurement with Incyte and Dencytee.
The last presentation of the Biersymposium was given by Andreas Reiß, Sales Engineer Beer – Germany South & International of ERBSLÖH Geisenheim GmbH. He spoke about the service life extension with our product Beerzym® Combi and possible cost savings for filter cartridges.
This was followed by an exciting tour of the Eulchen brewery. After a tour of the impressive old cellar rooms and the production area, where the tanks were closely examined, we concluded the symposium with a joint lunch and, of course, one last cool beer.
We would like to thank all participants who made these two days an unforgettable event and are happy that we were able to bring together old and new friendships!