We are always searching for ways to create additional value for all of our members. To that end, we are spearheading a new opportunity for providing education and hands-on training at KombuchaKon ’20. Our theme this year is “Leveling Up” and one of the areas our members have mentioned as a knowledge gap is in hands on experience working with lab and testing equipment to ensure the quality control aspects of brewing commercial Kombucha.
We are excited the following speakers and companies will be partnering with us to bring you this exciting opportunity.
The Core 4 – pH, Brix, TA & ABV with Evan Beyers & Kelley Freeman (BABS)
- Educate attendees about basic lab practices (safety, pipetting, mixing, and note-taking)
- Teach attendees the theory behind pH and how to optimally take pH samples. Have them perform their own pH measurements with demo equipment
- Show attendees how to properly clean and maintain pH probe to get the maximum life out of probe
- Educate attendees about the theory and background of a titration
- Introduce attendees to the sour/sweet ratio (TA/Sugar).
- Have them perform demo titrations using RedCheck
- Explain to attendees how to use collect sugar and TA data to build sour/sweet ratio
- Learn how to run enzymatic test kits on the RIDA®CUBE system including ethanol, organic acids, and sugars.
- Learn how to use pipettors & discuss common pipetting errors (and how to avoid them!)
- Discuss potential sampling issues.
Ethanol & Glucose Testing (OptiEnz Sensors)
What’s in your kombucha? It’s a critical question – one requiring fast and accurate measurements for the effective monitoring of ethanol and glucose concentrations in commercial kombucha processes. Proper monitoring results in higher product quality, product consistency, process improvement and efficiency, and verification that the alcoholic content doesn’t exceed the 0.5% ABV threshold for non-alcoholic beverages. OptiEnz has developed a fast, accurate, and low-cost analyzer for measuring ethanol and glucose in kombucha. The analyzer is based on optical enzymatic biosensing technology, meaning that enzymes and light are used together to accurately measure the alcohol and sugar in the beverage. In this workshop, attendees will learn about optical enzymatic biosensing principals as well as how to calibrate the instrument, make measurements in kombucha, and interpret the data produced.
- Learn about optical enzymatic biosensor principals and applications
- Hands-on instruction for making measurements with an OptiEnz analyzer.
- Discussion about interpreting data.
From Distillation to Alcolyzer (Anton Paar)
- Learn about tools and techniques to monitor and control your fermentation process
FUN-damentals of Kombucha Microscopy with Keisha Rose Harrison (OSU)
- How to prepare a sample for plating
- How to select media
- How to perform a dilution series for plating
- How to streak or spread plate to decide which technique works best
- How to colony pick
- DNA extraction from an isolated colony
- How to prepare a wet mount for microscopic view
- How to use a microscope
- How to distinguish between yeast & bacteria under the microscope
- How to characterize morphology of yeast & bacteria under the microscope
- How to distinguish between AAB & LAB under the microscope
Attend just 1 session for $49 or attend all 5 for $199!