Friday, 08 September 2017

CPUT brewers win big at intervarsity beer challenge

VICTORIOUS: Kate Jones (middle) and Denis Da Silva (far right) from AB InBev congratulate the CPUT brewing champions for their winning entries into the annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge VICTORIOUS: Kate Jones (middle) and Denis Da Silva (far right) from AB InBev congratulate the CPUT brewing champions for their winning entries into the annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge

Over the past couple of years CPUT brewers have consistently bagged awards during the annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge and this year was no exception, as the team brought home no fewer than two awards.

CPUT scooped The Best Cider award for the team’s Apple Adventure Cider and also clinched second place in the lager category for their Klopse Lager.

“It was a very proud moment for me,” says Food Science and Technology lecturer, Dr Zanephyn Keyser. “The students worked very hard and created the most awesome brews this year.  They are true ambassadors of the department and were able to use this platform to showcase their creative skills.” 

The art in brewing CPUT’s traditional cider with a delicious crisp apple flavour and aroma was in the selection of the yeast from the department’s culture collection.

“We combined two complementary yeast strains, each with its own unique character that resulted in a well-rounded brew, which we now call our Apple Adventure,” adds Keyser.  

The team created a crisply refreshing beer (‘Klopse Lager’) with a medium golden appearance, using barley, hops and the department’s unique Saccharomyces yeast strain.

This year’s team consisted of students Ryan Morkel, Poppy Mabele, Armand Uys, Taylon-Lee Hendricks and Siphosethu Peter, as well as lecturers Keyser and Veronique Meyer.

CPUT made its debut in the competition in 2013.

This year the challenge, which pitted 16 South African tertiary institutions against one another, took place in Kyalami, Johannesburg.

  • Competition background: SAB has assisted South African universities in setting up microbreweries. CPUT is one of the recipients of a microbrewery, which is used to train Food Science and Technology students in the area of brewing.
Written by Kwanele Butana

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