The alcohol production, maturation, and taste are nearly the same for decades and centuries. In order to add some new variety and flavor in the existing list, several companies agreed to alter the production conditions, such as alcohol preparation in space.
Last week, SpaceX sent a payload of around three tons to the International Space Station containing a tiny unit for brewery malting, barley grains, and other experimental items including living creatures. Anheuser-Busch, a US-based brewing company, conducted the beer-malting experiment in space, which is the most recent series of experiments set by Budweiser to test the effect of zero gravity on barley germination.
In an interview with Fox News, Gary Hanning, a lead researcher at Anheuser-Busch, stated that the malting trial in space is the company’s third commercial research project in which the team sent dried grain into space and analyzed genetic changes.
After thorough research and examination of the space malted grains, Hanning concluded that the key differences observed in the seeds on the ISS and Earth included alteration in cellular metabolic pathways and structural components.
Another team of researchers is trying to understand if zero gravity and space radiation alters the aging process, for which the team has sent a few bottles of fine French wine last month. The ultimate goal of beverage industries is to introduce new flavors and properties for the food sector.
Likewise, ISS is conducting a series of trials simultaneously. Apart from the malting experiment, genetically modified mice and nematodes were also packed into the payload sent to the space station by SpaceX. Researchers in space would conduct muscle and bone experiments on mice, and try to discover how the worms could work as an effective bio-pesticide on the planet.
SpaceX also packed a small round robotic head designed by IBM and Airbus into the payload, which is capable of sensing astronauts’ emotions. Researchers told that the robot is the improved and updated version among all the robots sent to the ISS in recent decades.