Taking beer-making to a whole new sphere, Japan's famous Sapporo Holdings Ltd. plans to launch a beer in November that's literally from out of this world. The brewery will collaborate with scientists at the Okayama University in Japan to concoct this unearthly beverage from a third generation of barley grains that spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006.
Does the barley taste any different? Apparently, no. In fact, scientists have not found a difference in the genetic make-up of the earth-grown and space-grown barley yet, according to Manabu Sugimoto, an Okayama University biologist who has been part of a Russian project to investigate growth methods for edible plants in space.
Bar crawlers will have to wait to get their hands on this enticing beverage, though. The company only has enough barley to make 100 bottles of beer this fall and they will not be sold commercially. It may be a while before the Sapporo brew hits taps, but when that day comes, one can only hope there are space nuts to go with it.
be cool if it really did taste diff.
a market for space grown beer :)
growing barley in space thank goodness they are using the ISS to make money! we should all promote this
Hmmmmmm, Beer! I love Beer and doughnuts! Doh!
Maby its just me being a Jack Daniels man and not a beer fanatic but it seems to me that out of all the possible things to do on a space station, who came up with the idea to attempt to concoct "space beer"? I mean when our hard earned dollars are going into the development of extra terrestrial alcohol you have to think to yourself... what are our priorities?? We the human race complain about everything from gas prices to global warming and out of all the things we could spend our valuable time on procuring we work on space alcohol. Our priorities as far as mankind is concerned are sorely misdirected.
I think you may have misunderstood this article. Our tax dollars are not being used for the purpose of creating space beer from the ISS. Our tax dollars are going toward growing barley and other organisms in space with the intent of studying how they adapt genetically and developmentally to the conditions. The barley being used for the space beer is simply the leftovers from the research experiments being conducted on the ISS.
However, I cannot disagree with your point that in general, mankind needs to take a long hard look at what exactly is important. Perhaps, though, this article isn't the best example of misguided priorities.
Precisely what rocket scientist thought that things would evolve spontaneously in space? Grow differently, sure, I can see that. But low gravity is not going to explode a DNA molecule and put back together different.
i think that you are complatly correct Erika.
I think that we need to get our priorities sorted out and research alternatice energy solutions for our economy im going to be driving in a year and i dont thing ill be able to afford the price of gas
Well I absolutely understand the prospect of growing organisms in zero gravity with the possibility of alterations but our priorities are still sorely misdirected. So Erika you were absolutely right, i will contribute that to my habit of ranting :) Otherwise im curious to see what they can come up with as far as zero gravity growth, personally i would think the plant might have altered growth patterns and possibly be weaker due to the lack of resistance?? Well whatever comes of it im shure it will have a profound effect on mankind and our worldly wellbeing.
thats really cool that you can grow barley for beer in space!!!!!!
I Love Beer, and it Is the drink of choice, and if THIS BREW is the best I ever had, then Ill order a 24/BiWeekly or +.
I think it's safe to assume this would be a VERY light beer.
(as in 0 gravity, hahaha)
I never heard of space beer but it seems that someone wants to make even the astronauts be drunk. It`s a stupid idea in my opinion but everything nowadays is made for profit. If you want beer just go to a <a rel="follow" href="http://babelwine.com/beer-clubs.html">Beer Club</a>
Have to say that this is a good program, Japan's science and technology is more advanced in the world, so that will definitely create a good drink beer http://www.dragonflytours-japan.com
Well, beery goodness aside, if you think about the dwindling resources on earth, it would be quite cool if you could set up sufficient arable farming in space!