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MEBAK Annual Report of the Mitteleuropäische Brautechnische Analysenkommission (MEBAK e. V.) 2016

MEBAK held two regularly scheduled plenary sessions in 2016:

The spring session (the 87th MEBAK meeting) took place from April 7th to 9th 2016. NATECO2 GmbH und Co. KG (Roland Schmidt) invited members of MEBAK to Wolnzach, where they met at the headquarters of the Verband deutscher Hopfenpflanzer e.V. (Association of German Hop Growers), Kellerstraße 1, 85283 Wolnzach. The autumn session was held from October 13th to 15th 2016 at the invitation of the Privatbrauerei ERDINGER Weißbräu, Werner Brombach GmbH (Dr. Stefan Kreisz), on the brewery premises located at Lange Zeile 1 + 3, 85435 Erding.

A new board was elected at the spring session, consisting of the following MEBAK members:

  1. Chairman: Prof. Dr. Frank-Jürgen Methner, Chair of Brewing Science, TU Berlin
  2. Vice-chairman: Helmut Klein, Brau Union, Austria
  3. Secretary: Dr. Martin Zarnkow, BLQ, TU Munich
  4. Treasurer: Dr. Gerold Reil, Chair for Analytical Food Chemistry, TU Munich

MEBAK also welcomed a new member in 2016:

Dr. Alfons Ahrens, Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin.

In the second quarter of 2016, the new MEBAK volume “Rohstoffe” was published in German. This volume was prepared by the working group headed by Prof. Rath, VLB Berlin. The new nomenclature, developed by MEBAK member Dr. Harms, was introduced for the first time with this volume and will be used in all future MEBAK volumes. A translation of the “Rohstoffe” (Raw Materials) volume into English is planned for 2017.

The working groups headed by Dr. Ludwig met twice in 2016. Work will continue to progress in close collaboration with that of the standards committee for DIN 8777. MEBAK will wait until the DIN standard is released before publishing the corresponding MEBAK guideline. Independent of these efforts, the spent grains analysis method must be revised, as the enzymes previously used for the analysis are no longer available.

The “Mikrobiologie” (microbiology) working group coordinated by Dr. Mathias Hutzler has met several times to develop a general concept for the new MEBAK volume “Mikrobiologie”. Work on this volume should be nearing completion by the end of 2017.

Progress is being made on revisions to the MEBAK Filtration Guideline coordinated by Dr. Roland Pahl, VLB, with a final publication date planned for 2017.

Another working group is being formed to prepare a guideline for membrane filtration. This group will be led by Dr. Kreisz.

Further MEBAK activities in 2016 addressed topics such as the analysis of spent grains and the determination of color, which were partially modified through the development of analysis methods and collaborative tests.

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