Cosmic Crafts – Brewing Beer in Space

February 22nd, 2017

Since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon nearly 50 years ago, many major discoveries have helped humans become closer than ever to the possibility of establishing a colony on the moon.

But there’s one question scientists have yet to answer…

Can beer be brewed in space?

A group of engineering students from the University of California San Diego have created an experiment that aims to answer just that, by brewing a small batch of beer on the moon. The group of students are one of 25 finalists competing for a coveted spot aboard a moon rover, set to launch on December 28, 2017.

This ALEien experiment involves sending a test vessel that can make a small batch of beer aboard a spacecraft. The special vessel has valves that will open and close to mix together the basic ingredients to make beer while travelling through space.

In combining their love of brews and science, the test actually could provide information that’s critical for developing a sustainable settlement on the moon.

The underlying goal of the experiment is to understand how yeast behaves in space. An important part of making beer, yeast is also a vital ingredient in the lives of humans, found in many pharmaceuticals and foods like bread. If successful, the beer will prove that yeast can not only travel but could also be usable in space, with delicious results.

While you’re waiting for this cosmic craft to take flight, check out the Stoutnik – Longwood’s award-winning Russian Imperial Stout – for out of this world flavour, brewed a little closer to home.

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