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  • 1. Introduction to Cara Technology
    Company overview – 2010
  • 2. Ourmission
    is to be a world-leading company developing, manufacturing and supplying products and services for brewers
  • 3. Who are we?
  • 4. What are we good at?
  • 5. Who do we work for?
  • 6. What sorts of things do we do?
    • Process consultancy, auditing and troubleshooting
    • 7. New product and process development
    • 8. Development and implementation of process problem solving toolkits (including software)
    • 9. Secure brewing yeast storage, analysis, and re-selection
    • 10. Regular yeast supply
  • Our Leatherhead facility
    • Located near London, UK
    • 11. Facilities include well-equipped yeast laboratories, microbiological testing laboratories, gene testing laboratory, flavour chemistry laboratories, taste room
  • Our Copenhagen facility
    • Located in Central Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 12. Facilities include well-equipped yeast storage facility, yeast dried yeast culture production plant, liquid yeast production laboratory, yeast testing laboratory
    • 13. Facility founded by Alfred Jorgensen in 1891
    • 14. Been supplying breweries with pure culture yeast for 116 years
    • 15. Purchased by Cara Technology in 2009
  • Example projects - brewhouse
    • Re-design of mashing profiles to reduce operating costs, increase production capacity and improve product quality
    • 16. Re-design of brewhouse processes to reduce energy consumption without compromising quality or incurring capital expenditure
    • 17. Re-design of brewhouse processes to eliminate the use of added enzymes
    • 18. Optimization of adjunct usage strategies
    • 19. Control of extract loss
  • Example projects - yeast
    • Design and implementation of state-of-the-art yeast supply programmes
    • 20. Specifications and critical control points for brewery yeast management
    • 21. Sourcing, screening and supply of alcohol-tolerant yeast for production at very high gravities (25OP+)
    • 22. Re-selection of customer yeast cultures to improve brewery performance and increase alcohol yield
  • Example projects - fermentation
    • Improvement of the alcohol yield from high gravity fermentations
    • 23. Troubleshooting of attenuation problems in fermentation
    • 24. Solving flocculation problems
    • 25. Optimization of yeast cropping and scrapping strategies to improve beer quality
    • 26. Implementation of improved yeast propagation techniques
  • Example projects - filtration
    • Troubleshooting of primary filtration problems (filtrate quality, throughput, run length)
    • 27. Troubleshooting of sterile filtration problems (microbiological quality, throughput, run length)
    • 28. Assistance with implementation of next generation (kieselguhr-free) filtration systems
  • Example projects – packaging
    • Evaluation of new packaging materials to comply with Government (FDA) Protocols
    • 29. Troubleshooting of microbiological spoilage outbreaks in can, bottle and keg (yeast, lactics, Pectinatus, Megasphaera)
    • 30. Re-design of packaging operations (with laboratory support) to reduce the risk of spoilage outbreaks
  • Example projects –
    beer flavour
    • Optimization of brewhouse and fermentation procedures to improve beer ester profiles
    • 31. Troubleshooting of excessive SO2 production during fermentation
    • 32. Minimization of H2S concentrations in beer
    • 33. Optimization of diacetyl management – lowest diacetyl concentration in the shortest time
    • 34. Troubleshooting of off-flavours and taints
    • 35. Evaluation of the flavour and quality of brewery beers or random market samples
  • Example projects – beer flavour stability
    • Identification of critical points in the production and supply chain for improvement of beer flavour stability
    • 36. Beer flavour stability process improvement audits
    • 37. Optimization of beer flavour stability through improvements in:
    • 38. brewhouse processes
    • 39. fermentation processes
    • 40. maturation and filtration processes
    • 41. packaging processes
    • 42. supply chain management
  • Example projects –
    beer appearance
    • Identification of the critical points in the production and supply chain for improvement of beer colloidal stability
    • 43. Troubleshooting of haze and sediment issues – identification of haze or sediment material, causes, and solutions to problems
    • 44. Troubleshooting of foam quality problems
  • Example projects – NPD
    • Design and development of various beers including premium lagers, ales, stouts, wheat beers and alcoholic fruit beverages
    • 45. Design and development of low alcohol beers that can be produced without the need for capital expenditure
    • 46. Design and development of processes for production of light-stable beers
  • Our yeast collection
    • Largest collection of production brewing yeasts in the world
    • 47. Almost 850 yeast strains (mostly lager yeast, though some ale and wheat beer yeasts)
    • 48. All stored in liquid nitrogen at -196OC
    • 49. Continuously supplied to breweries for almost 130 years
  • Our yeast collection
    • Detailed fermentation information available on about 200 of the strains
    • 50. Strain key describes important properties
  • Yeast culture supply
    • We can supply yeast cultures in the form of:
    • 51. Slopes (slants)
    • 52. Liquid cultures
    • 53. Dried yeast (50 g)
    • 54. All cultures are quality assured prior to dispatch
    • 55. Cell- and colony-morphology
    • 56. Carbohydrate utilization
    • 57. Growth temperature
    • 58. PAD gene activity
    • 59. Flocculation
    • 60. Multiplex PCR DNA fingerprinting
    • 61. Checks for contaminant microorganisms
  • Typical supply contract
    • Yeast supplied six times per year - typically four slopes per brewery per shipment - 24 slopes per brewery per year
    • 62. All cultures are quality assured prior to dispatch
    • 63. Only cultures which have passed all QA tests are released to brewery customers
    • 64. Different shipping options available, including worldwide refrigerated transport
    • 65. Phytosanitary Certificates and Certificates of Origin are available on request
    • 66. Choice of supplying one of our proprietary yeasts, or storage and supply of your own proprietary yeast
  • Summary
    • We provide specialized services for people who know why they matter
    • 67. We have an experienced team and well-equipped labs in UK and Denmark, backed up by a great network of specialist labs and consultants
    • 68. We have the world’s largest collection of brewing yeast strains at our disposal and a meticulous approach to yeast management
    • 69. All our operations are accredited to ISO9001:2008
  • Contact details
    Cara Technology Limited
    Leatherhead Enterprise Centre
    Randalls Road
    KT22 7RY
    Tel +44 1372 822218