Busy times passed and busy times are ahead of me in the project. After finishing my secondment at the University of Gent this spring, I returned to my home base in Krakow. With a lot of new knowledge and data, I was ready to start the last year of the European Joint Doctorate in Food Science.
Additionally, in April, our ESR2, Marcus, came to Krakow for his secondment and we had a great time working together at the university (as well as in the city).
In July, I spend two weeks at the VLB in Berlin, our German project partner. Here I had the pleasure to work in the pilot brewery and learn about small-scale production from 5l up to a 500l capacity. Also, I was involved in a project regarding the sustainability of novel ecological beer labels. Berlin treated me well and I was happy to meet up with our ESR6, Tuur Mertens.
I’m currently doing the second part of my industrial internship at the Nya Carnegie Bryggeriet in Stockholm. The brewery is part of the Carlsberg group, which is also our project partner. They brew and distribute several craft beers Europe-wide. I am happy to help in the the optimisation of processes, such as saving time on the lautering and whirlpool step, which can be achieved by cutting time on lauter or whirlpool rest, but also by increasing the transfer speed from one step to the following. I also help by evaluating microbiological analysis and oxygen transfers during the bottle filling process. Overall, a great brewery with a great staff!
Now it is soon time to head back to Krakow, where the last four months of the project are ahead of me with a lot of work regarding my publications.
Keep it cool!