Penn Students Develop Concept to Shorten Beer Brewing Process – CBS Philly


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What if brewers could speed up the fermentation of beer? A trio of Penn students think they’ve figured out a way to do it.

The idea won Penn’s $ 10.00 Y award. It uses Penn-owned technology to combine microdroplets of liquid sugar and yeast in precisely controlled amounts to maximize fermentation efficiency. This could shorten a brewing process from three weeks to a week. The prize includes the rights to market the app, and Wharton student Siddarth Shah, of the winning team Fermento, said the major beer makers have called.

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“So in fact we’ve had some success with some big brewing companies as well,” Shah said.

“We are all beer lovers in one way or another. And so, being able to apply new technology to improve this type of process is not only a great thing for the beer industry, but also for the food processing industry as a whole, ”said Shashwata Narain, student at Wharton.

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Engineering student Alexander David also helped develop the concept.

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