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National laboratory helps make beer taste better

(CNN, KYMA/KECY) - Local breweries do everything they can to brew the best quality beer for people.

Now, Los Alamos National Laboratory wants to help make local beer even better with something called low energy ultrasonic separation.

"We started off about 12 years ago looking at ways to remove micro algae from large volumes of culture," James Coons, Project Manager at Los Alamos, spoke.

Apparently, beer has been a great sample to test.

Local breweries across the state, including Ex Novo in Corrales, have partnered with the labs to test this tech.

"It's not intense, it's not loud, and it doesn't use a lot of energy the same way a centrifuge would."

Saving time and labor

Founder of Ex Novo Brewing, Joel Gregory, further says a standard beer centrifuge costs upward of $150,000.

But this tech is like nothing he has ever heard of.

The tech that Los Alamos is developing is also something Gregory says could go a long way for breweries everywhere.

"It would save us a lot of time and labor. The [overall] quality of beer would improve which are all great things," Gregory said.

When somebody opens a bottle of beer or a can of beer, it's going to have that quality that the brewers really intend," Coons said.

Gregory hopes the tech will be ready soon so that everyone in New Mexico can enjoy a crisper, cleaner, better beer with a quality the drinker will notice.

"We're super excited to see what it does, and yeah, hopefully it helps."

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