Friday 9 August 2013

Siemens at the drinktec!

Not all beers are alike
– for a beer sommelier hops and malt are the ultimate clues

The event that will be the prelude to this year‘s drinktec, the world‘s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, is to be held on 15 September: the Beer Sommelier World Championship. This championship, held every two years, highlights not only the vast range of beers available and the sommeliers familiar with them but also the breweries. Siemens supports the championship in its capacity as a technology partner of and vendor of automation technology to breweries worldwide. Siemens will be showcasing its extensive portfolio of integrated automation and drive solutions for breweries and beverage producers at drinktec, due to open on 16 September 2013.

More and more beer enthusiasts are opting to undergo the two-week training required to qualify as a beer sommelier. All the courses scheduled for 2014 are already fully booked. A beer sommelier learns how to distinguish up to 100 different beer types on the basis of taste and aroma. The world‘s best beer sommelier is selected every two years. The next Beer Sommelier World Championship will be held on 15 September 2013 in Munich. This year, competitors from 11 countries will eagerly await the final announcement of a jury composed of acknowledged experts.

There are over 5,000 beer varieties in Germany alone. Whereas in Germany the ingredients of beer are restricted to hops, malt, yeast and water only, other countries have been free to develop a gigantic range of beer types and formulae – from honey beer in Belgium to nougat beer in France. The sheer diversity of the beer world and constant new trends make the work of today‘s beer sommelier increasingly challenging. Just as a wine sommelier can judge the quality of a wine, a beer sommelier is qualified to assess the quality of a beer. A beer sommelier can advise restaurant patrons which beer is best suited to a given dish and can compile appropriate beer lists for restaurant owners. But more importantly he is responsible within the restaurant for the presentation and the quality of the beer as served. The current world champion is Sebastian B. Priller-Riegele. Just as the future world champion will be required to do, Sebastian Priller-Riegele had to outperform his co-competitors in beer tastings by detecting certain flavours or off-flavours in a range of beer samples. In the final phase of the championship, six finalists are required to savour and then classify a beer that is unfamiliar to them. The challenge here is to identify the sometimes many different hop varieties used in that beer‘s formula. The Doemens Academy, an internationally operating training and consultancy enterprise for the brewing industry, offers training courses leading to qualification as a beer sommelier.
The international brewing and beverage industry meets at the drinktec in Munich (D) every four years. The next drinktec, acknowledged as the leading platform for the industry worldwide, will be held from 16 to 20 September. Siemens Industry, a longstanding engineering partner of breweries and beverage producers all over the world, will again be showcasing its products at its own booth.

The engineering group will be presenting its comprehensive portfolio of integrated automation and drive solutions in Hall A4, Booth 107. At this year’s fair, Siemens’ main focus will include its DFT(Dairy Functional Toolset) software which complements the Simatic PCS 7 process control system with special functions for the dairy industry. By enabling dairies to precisely control specific workflows such as milk sampling, pasteurization, separation, production, and the cleaning of pipes and tanks, DFT is a tool for optimizing production processes throughout the industry. Moreover, DFT continuously collects and archives the production data. Other key exhibits include the OPL(Optimized Packaging Line) for bottling and packaging lines and solutions for optimizing energy management and energy-saving in beverage production. Visitors will also have an opportunity to find out more about the tried and tested Braumat.

Oils & Fat
In parallel of drinktec, the oils+fats will be taking place from 18 to 20 September 2013. oils + fats is the world’s only trade fair focusing on the technology and trading of oils and fats. For the fifth time in a row, this international edible oils and fats fair will be held in Munich (D). Siemens Industry, a provider of solutions for the edible oil industry, will be present in Hall B0, Booth 312, where it will showcase its Advanced Process Control(APC), Condition Monitoring by means of smart process data management, energy saving options using energy data monitoring, the innovative level gauge system for bulk silos featuring Sitrans LR 560 in 78GHz technology and the Simatic PCS 7 process control system with integrated functional safety features compliant with ISO 51611.

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