White Labs people attended the World Brewing Congress in Portland, Ore., last week, taking part in one of the industry’s most comprehensive conferences when it comes to sharing scientific research and data. The conference takes place just once every four years and draws a heavy international crowd. White Labs personnel presented three posters — data from many years of Big QC Day testing, beer and yeast packaging innovations, and recycling of production waste within a yeast plant. Regarding Big QC Day data, Kara Taylor of White Labs reported, “By collecting data from every region and for a long span of time, we can evaluate how craft beer has changed stylistically, regionally, and overall.”
Above: New malt varieties grown by OSU
Additionally, Kara visited some experimental hop farms supported by OSU. Their research was based on trying to find and grow hop varieties less susceptible to powdery mildew and downy mildew. Additionally OSU is growing some rare colored malts from around the world and trying to use them in brewing.
Above: Powdery mildew on hop cones