Technology helps brew better beer

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Beer connoisseurs may taste the hops or malted barley, but the flavor is driven by a key ingredient you may not expect:


Annie Johnson, Master Brewer of Picobrew, says, “Beer is one of those beverages that’s best consumed fresh, and automation really drives that.”

Something more breweries across the u-s are embracing.

Craft beermaker Deschutes uses cloud computing to analyze data in real time to maximize output without compromising quality. UK-based IntelligentX uses artificial intelligence to brew its beer with an algorithm that can adapt to preferences.

The world’s largest beermaker, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, is using these sensors to pick up ultrasonic sounds from its machines to predict when they’ll need maintenance.

Carlsberg is powering it’s “Beer fingerprinting project” with Microsoft AI, using advanced sensors and analytics to map out and predict flavors.

These advancements are making home brewing more accessible, too. Picobrew puts professional-grade technology into a countertop appliance to brew beer at the touch of a button, with ready-to-brew ingredient packs or the ability to create custom flavors.

Johnson adds, “We’ve used technology to make it very user friendly.”

From the biggest breweries to your own kitchen, at the end of the day, all this technology is working for one goal, a better-tasting beer.

Says Johnson, I’ll drink to that!”

National beer day is this Sunday, April seventh.

The holiday is the anniversary of when President Roosevelt took the major first step toward ending prohibition and signed a law allowing people to brew and distribute beer in the United States on April seventh, 1933.

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