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White Labs Yeast Essentials 2.0 Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Erika Woodcock of Long Live Beerworks is the recipient of the 2017 White Labs Yeast Essentials 2.0 scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Erika to receive this scholarship feeling “the course could help her to move to a QC/QA position and play a bigger role at the brewery. She is committed to share the knowledge in a chapter and to inspire other women to look for brewing education continuously.”

Erika is currently an assistant brewer at Long Live Beerworks, having transitioned from a similar role at Bucket Brewery mid-2016. Both breweries are small and she says, “we don’t always have the resources or space to propagate our own yeast.” After attending a yeast seminar and fueled by a science background, she’s found a renewed interest in the technical side of brewing, specifically yeast processes. Like many small operations Long Live reuses their yeast as many times as possible and Erika is looking forward to learning proper procedures for capturing, cleaning and storing, possibly even growing their own yeast. The knowledge she gains from the course will assist in increasing the quality and consistency of their beers by finding solutions existing yeast issues and provide her a starting point for additional education in the areas of QA/QC, yeast and microbiology. Ultimately she is seeking a bigger role in the brewery, possibly moving to the QA/QC side.

The White Labs Yeast Essentials 2.0 workshop is a two-day is an exploration of fermentation control points and how to maintain optimal yeast performance as well as develop desired flavor compounds. It will also cover off-flavor detection and sensory of different yeast strains, as well as troubleshooting problem fermentations. Two lab sections will be included, covering details on setting up a brewery lab, brewery quality control programs, and general lab techniques to implement these QC programs.

In addition to attending the course, Erika will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

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