Periodic Table: Brewing beer at the speed of sound with Eric Davis

Acoustic sensors offer a unique window into fermentation

November 1, 2022

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Monday, Nov. 21
projectY cowork Los Alamos
150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM
5:30-7 p.m.

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory met with craft breweries in the Denver area in 2021 and asked what problems they faced. What would make brewing easier and more efficient? The ability to monitor fermentation stood out as a key issue.

Brewing beer may be a novelty at Los Alamos, but the physics of materials is a longstanding specialty.

On Monday, Nov. 21, featured guest Eric Davis will share how this acoustic-science research team developed a science-driven complement to the art of brewing in our next Periodic Table, at projectY cowork Los Alamos. Bring your questions to this ask-me-anything event!

A staff scientist at the Lab, Davis specializes in applying the science of sound to difficult problems in defense, nuclear nonproliferation and industry. As a member of the Lab’s applied acoustics team, he provides expertise in experimental acoustics and design, as well as controls and automation. He first began researching how acoustic technology could be applied to brewing through his appointment as a UC/LANL Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellow.

Want to learn more before the event? Read Davis’ recent column about monitoring fermentation with sound or watch a video about how monitoring beer with sound can produce better brew.