The creation of a low alcohol fermented honey drink using yeast isolated from the bees (MPhil Scholarship)

The creation of a low alcohol fermented honey drink using yeast isolated from the bees

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University

Project ID: CUK257
Annual Stipend: Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Application Deadline: 31 May 2018

In collaboration with the Bang on Brewery in Bridgend, we have developed a fermented alcoholic beverage called Mel which combines honey harvested from the universities bee hives with plants used in herbal medicine.

The next stage of the development process is create a non-alcoholic version of brew in which we will replace brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with naturally occurring non-Saccharomyces yeasts which metabolize sugar but produce little if any ethanol (Contreras et al., 2014).

The use of yeast isolated from non-traditional sources to produce beer is not novel, a group at North Carolina University isolated a strain of yeast called Lachancea thermotolerans NCSU from a bumble bee which is currently being used to produce bumble beer. In preliminary studies we have confirmed the feasibility of isolating non-Saccharomyces yeast from the universities honey bees.

In the context of this project we will collect yeast isolates from the universities honey bees and will:

  • isolate and identify non-saccharomyces yeast from honey bees
  • identify a yeast variant which produces little if any alcohol
  • use this yeast in combination with honey and plant extracts to produce a low alcohol fermented drink.

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To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys) on registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.