Beer needs yeast, Froth needs you!

By Froth Technologies

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Beer Needs Yeast, Froth Needs You!

Project 2019-06-18 23:21:17 +1200

Water, Malt, Hops... Yeast? 🔬

 

Until now, NZ brewers have had no local yeast options, and have been forced to use yeast imported from far away places. Froth Technologies is here to change that, by launching Aotearoa’s first commercial yeast lab! But we need your help...

 

12 months ago founders Simon and Ryan recognized a gap in the local beer industry. Having been part of the NZ craft beer scene for nearly a decade, the boys knew first hand the challenges associated with importing yeast from overseas. 

 

Being a highly perishable product, liquid yeast requires expensive refrigerated air-freight, and is often not at its best by the time it gets here. There can also be timing and customs delays, with some overseas yeast labs no longer sending their product here due to these challenges.

 

With malt, hops, and water all world-renowned for their high quality, and able to be sourced locally, there was just one piece of the puzzle left to help take NZ’s brewing industry to the next level... NZ made yeast.

 

Yeast is a microorganism that is responsible for fermentation in beer, wine and cider and a major influencer of quality and flavour. 

 

So the boys have spent the past year making sure a local yeast lab was something that professional and home brewers wanted, through market research, focus groups, and lengthy conversations with brewers.

 

Fast forward to now, and Froth Technologies has set up a lab in the heart of Wellington’s brewing district, we’ve made yeast for four awesome breweries, we’ve been published in a couple of beer magazines, and now we’re looking to grow our production capacity to meet the demands of the already frothing market.  

      

😀 And that’s where you come in!

We need to raise a minimum of $30,000 so that we can purchase the production and technical equipment that we need to make enough yeast for everybody. Equipment like: 

  • A cryogenic freezer (to store our yeast at -80C and hold it in suspended animation)
  • A laminar flow hood (to allow us to expand our sterile working area for higher thru-put)
  • A 1000L propagation tank (to grow larger batches of yeast)
  • Analytics tools (precision equipment for guaranteeing quality and providing lab services)

 

🌏 Sustainability

 

Froth Technologies is acutely aware of the challenges we and our planet face, and we believe that business can be a great mechanism for levering positive change.

Froth Technologies is an impact business that cares about our ecosystem and the earthlings that rely on it. So we’ve developed a carbon reduction strategy, and we are working towards becoming a Carbon Zero certified company. 

 

We’ve also been busy innovating ways to make our packaging as low impact as possible. Thanks to some hard mahi and the help of a couple of other fantastic organisations we’ve produced these bottles to package our yeast in. They’re made from sugar cane and they sequester more than twice their weight in CO2 over the lifecycle of their production. We’ve also sourced these incredible insulative boxes for keeping our yeast cold during shipping. They’re made from 97% sustainable paper, they’re 95-97% recyclable in kerbside recycling, and their thermal performance is comparable to polystyrene. 



 

🎁 Pledge Rewards

 

Rewards are expected to be delivered in October, once the campaign closes and the pledges are all paid. Yeast pitches will be delivered through Oct - Dec. Rewards are only available in NZ.

 

 

NZ Yeast Pledgers will be able to choose their strain(s) once the campaign has concluded.

Download our Yeast Menu [pdf]

 

 

 

Limited Edition Print by GWIL. 420x420mm (unframed). 100 available. $100 pledge (includes delivery in NZ).
 

 

Froth Tshirt: 'drink science.' Ethical organic unisex tee from our friends at Little Yellow Bird. $60 pledge (includes delivery in NZ).
 

 

 

 

👋 Our Team

 


RYAN CARVILLE
Co-founder / Left Brain  

Ryan’s studies in Philosophy and Religious Studies were always going to lead him to yeast…. After years of homebrewing and volunteering at beer festivals, Ryan took up his first commercial brewing gig at Eagle Brewing in Christchurch (2015). There he handled all aspects of the brewing process and got to engage with punters and the industry, working at every major beer festival in the country. Now that he’s in Wellington he spends his days (when he’s not Frothing) in at the Wild Workshop for Garage Project making all kinds of barrelled, funky, sour and spontaneously fermented brews. It's the intersect between art and science in beer that really gets Ryan going. He's a lover flavours and fermentation, flora and fauna, and thrives on problem solving and coming up with ways to do things efficiently. 🔗Ryan's Linkedin

 


SIMON COOKE

Co-founder / Right Brain  

Simon studied Graphic Design at Massey University in Wellington, where he founded the Massey University Brewing Society, and brewed his first commercial batch of beer (2012). The passion grew through teaching other students how to brew, and organising craft-focused events to engage them with the emergent beer scene. Simon then spent a couple of years overseas, brewing and exploring locations around Europe and Canada, and gaining a wider view of brewing knowledge. Following this he founded a contract brewing label, Kakariki Beer Co. to share his beer creations with a wider audience. More recently he’s been flexing his creativity and ideation in the startup scene, supporting social enterprises and impact businesses through graphic design, marketing, and events. 🔗Simon's Linkedin

 

 

 

🙌 Gratitude

 

Thank you to the Zero Carbon Challenge and everyone else that has contributed their time, expertise, resources, and support to this campaign. There are too many kind hearted humans & organisations to mention.

 

Campaign Video credit:

Camera & Director - Chris Cooke

Supplimentary Footage from Bryson Rooney (via Hāpi Research), also Gladfield Malt

Editing: Ezra McDonald

Post Production: Mikey Bucher 

Comments

Updates 2

It's our FINAL DAY!

12/09/2019 at 2:10 PM

Kia ora koutou!

Wow what a ride the past 6 weeks has been! Thanks to your incredible support we have not only reached our minimum crowd funding goal of $30K, but we've blown through to a healthy $32,146 and climbing! 

 This support has help us look forward to our next steps for growth. We've been shopping around for a new site to call home, and obtaining incredibly detailed quotes on our lab-grade tanks and equipment in anticipation of the crowd funding coming through in the next week. We can't wait to start making more yeast! And we'll be sending out all the rewards once we receive all the pledge contributions, plus production / ordering time. We'll be sure to keep you updated!

So... our campaign closes TONIGHT at 11PM, and if you or anyone as frothy as you might still be wanting to grab one of our awesome rewards before we close, there's still time! If you're able to go the extra mile and post our PledgeMe link [pldg.me/froth] to your social media profile - that would be much appreciated, and would help us finish strong.  

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, we are over the moon! #stayfrothy

Simon & Ryan
(the Froth boys)

 

 

 

First update from Froth Technologies...

03/08/2019 at 3:33 PM

It's been a spectacular first few days on our PledgeMe campaign, and we're pleased to let you know we're HALF WAY THERE! woo-hoo!! Thanks to all you incredible pledgers, we've now raised $15,682 towards our minimum goal of $30K. Here's Ryan with a quick update from the Froth lab. Thanks everyone! And remember to spread the word. -much love, the Froth Boys pldg.me/froth

    Pledgers 326

    Emma Manson
    2019-08-04 19:55:41 +1200
    Craft Beer College
    2019-08-04 19:53:02 +1200

    "Woop woop. Going to be famous..."

    Sharon Cooke
    2019-08-04 19:37:13 +1200

    "Hi Simon This pledge is from Ron - best of luck with your new business venture When you make a fortune don't forget your Grandad - he likes beer:-)"

    Lewis Gaskin
    2019-08-04 19:05:50 +1200

    "All the best guys, hope to be using your yeast soon. Cheers, Lewis"

    Nick Johnson
    2019-08-04 17:56:54 +1200
    Jeremy Howson
    2019-08-04 13:08:08 +1200

    "Cant wait to pick up a pack from homebrew HQ. Best of luck!"

    Tim Shallard
    2019-08-04 12:26:38 +1200

    "Love this"

    Sam
    2019-08-04 11:41:35 +1200
    Chris Cooke
    2019-08-04 09:27:40 +1200

    "Looking forward to making a brew with Froth Tech Yeast"

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-03 20:47:27 +1200
    Rob
    2019-08-03 20:09:13 +1200
    Brent Forbes
    2019-08-03 14:35:12 +1200

    "All the best guys, what a fantastic opportunity to change the local beer production and add a unique NZ touch to the final key ingredient Brent & Jackie Forbes"

    Craft Beer College
    2019-08-03 13:09:18 +1200

    "Good luck, good people..."

    Owain John
    2019-08-03 11:53:03 +1200

    "Good luck boys!"

    Kareena Harris
    2019-08-03 11:34:48 +1200
    Michael Smart
    2019-08-03 06:03:55 +1200

    "Yeah the boys! Keep putting in that mahi lads, love your work. x"

    Jeni Carranza
    2019-08-03 03:54:38 +1200

    "GET IT RY DAWGGGGGGGGG! We belive in you! :D xx J n V"

    Shane Kelly
    2019-08-03 00:26:56 +1200

    "Churrrr"

    Rosi TheRiveter
    2019-08-02 22:22:14 +1200

    "Yeah! So proud of yous"

    John Derby
    2019-08-02 21:04:58 +1200
    Jorle Wiesen
    2019-08-02 20:43:25 +1200

    "Awesome idea guys. All the best!"

    Andrew Graham
    2019-08-02 20:26:04 +1200
    Andrew Graham
    2019-08-02 20:24:21 +1200
    Julie Fitzjohn
    2019-08-02 19:21:47 +1200
    Julie Fitzjohn
    2019-08-02 19:20:12 +1200
    Dan Nicholls
    2019-08-02 19:05:32 +1200

    "Frothing!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-02 18:17:22 +1200

    "Finally a crowd fund I can get on board with!! Good luck"

    Paul Terry
    2019-08-02 17:55:35 +1200

    "Get them hands dirty and plant me one of NZ's finest boys!"

    Rachel Harrison
    2019-08-02 17:14:42 +1200
    Lee-Ann Scotti
    2019-08-02 16:59:50 +1200

    "Well chaps, we are looking forwarded to fermenting with this yeast."

    Followers 1

    Followers of Beer needs yeast, Froth needs you!

    Beer Needs Yeast, Froth Needs You!

    Project 2019-06-18 23:21:17 +1200

    Water, Malt, Hops... Yeast? 🔬

     

    Until now, NZ brewers have had no local yeast options, and have been forced to use yeast imported from far away places. Froth Technologies is here to change that, by launching Aotearoa’s first commercial yeast lab! But we need your help...

     

    12 months ago founders Simon and Ryan recognized a gap in the local beer industry. Having been part of the NZ craft beer scene for nearly a decade, the boys knew first hand the challenges associated with importing yeast from overseas. 

     

    Being a highly perishable product, liquid yeast requires expensive refrigerated air-freight, and is often not at its best by the time it gets here. There can also be timing and customs delays, with some overseas yeast labs no longer sending their product here due to these challenges.

     

    With malt, hops, and water all world-renowned for their high quality, and able to be sourced locally, there was just one piece of the puzzle left to help take NZ’s brewing industry to the next level... NZ made yeast.

     

    Yeast is a microorganism that is responsible for fermentation in beer, wine and cider and a major influencer of quality and flavour. 

     

    So the boys have spent the past year making sure a local yeast lab was something that professional and home brewers wanted, through market research, focus groups, and lengthy conversations with brewers.

     

    Fast forward to now, and Froth Technologies has set up a lab in the heart of Wellington’s brewing district, we’ve made yeast for four awesome breweries, we’ve been published in a couple of beer magazines, and now we’re looking to grow our production capacity to meet the demands of the already frothing market.  

          

    😀 And that’s where you come in!

    We need to raise a minimum of $30,000 so that we can purchase the production and technical equipment that we need to make enough yeast for everybody. Equipment like: 

    • A cryogenic freezer (to store our yeast at -80C and hold it in suspended animation)
    • A laminar flow hood (to allow us to expand our sterile working area for higher thru-put)
    • A 1000L propagation tank (to grow larger batches of yeast)
    • Analytics tools (precision equipment for guaranteeing quality and providing lab services)

     

    🌏 Sustainability

     

    Froth Technologies is acutely aware of the challenges we and our planet face, and we believe that business can be a great mechanism for levering positive change.

    Froth Technologies is an impact business that cares about our ecosystem and the earthlings that rely on it. So we’ve developed a carbon reduction strategy, and we are working towards becoming a Carbon Zero certified company. 

     

    We’ve also been busy innovating ways to make our packaging as low impact as possible. Thanks to some hard mahi and the help of a couple of other fantastic organisations we’ve produced these bottles to package our yeast in. They’re made from sugar cane and they sequester more than twice their weight in CO2 over the lifecycle of their production. We’ve also sourced these incredible insulative boxes for keeping our yeast cold during shipping. They’re made from 97% sustainable paper, they’re 95-97% recyclable in kerbside recycling, and their thermal performance is comparable to polystyrene. 



     

    🎁 Pledge Rewards

     

    Rewards are expected to be delivered in October, once the campaign closes and the pledges are all paid. Yeast pitches will be delivered through Oct - Dec. Rewards are only available in NZ.

     

     

    NZ Yeast Pledgers will be able to choose their strain(s) once the campaign has concluded.

    Download our Yeast Menu [pdf]

     

     

     

    Limited Edition Print by GWIL. 420x420mm (unframed). 100 available. $100 pledge (includes delivery in NZ).
     

     

    Froth Tshirt: 'drink science.' Ethical organic unisex tee from our friends at Little Yellow Bird. $60 pledge (includes delivery in NZ).
     

     

     

     

    👋 Our Team

     


    RYAN CARVILLE
    Co-founder / Left Brain  

    Ryan’s studies in Philosophy and Religious Studies were always going to lead him to yeast…. After years of homebrewing and volunteering at beer festivals, Ryan took up his first commercial brewing gig at Eagle Brewing in Christchurch (2015). There he handled all aspects of the brewing process and got to engage with punters and the industry, working at every major beer festival in the country. Now that he’s in Wellington he spends his days (when he’s not Frothing) in at the Wild Workshop for Garage Project making all kinds of barrelled, funky, sour and spontaneously fermented brews. It's the intersect between art and science in beer that really gets Ryan going. He's a lover flavours and fermentation, flora and fauna, and thrives on problem solving and coming up with ways to do things efficiently. 🔗Ryan's Linkedin

     


    SIMON COOKE

    Co-founder / Right Brain  

    Simon studied Graphic Design at Massey University in Wellington, where he founded the Massey University Brewing Society, and brewed his first commercial batch of beer (2012). The passion grew through teaching other students how to brew, and organising craft-focused events to engage them with the emergent beer scene. Simon then spent a couple of years overseas, brewing and exploring locations around Europe and Canada, and gaining a wider view of brewing knowledge. Following this he founded a contract brewing label, Kakariki Beer Co. to share his beer creations with a wider audience. More recently he’s been flexing his creativity and ideation in the startup scene, supporting social enterprises and impact businesses through graphic design, marketing, and events. 🔗Simon's Linkedin

     

     

     

    🙌 Gratitude

     

    Thank you to the Zero Carbon Challenge and everyone else that has contributed their time, expertise, resources, and support to this campaign. There are too many kind hearted humans & organisations to mention.

     

    Campaign Video credit:

    Camera & Director - Chris Cooke

    Supplimentary Footage from Bryson Rooney (via Hāpi Research), also Gladfield Malt

    Editing: Ezra McDonald

    Post Production: Mikey Bucher 

    Comments

    It's our FINAL DAY!

    12/09/2019 at 2:10 PM

    Kia ora koutou!

    Wow what a ride the past 6 weeks has been! Thanks to your incredible support we have not only reached our minimum crowd funding goal of $30K, but we've blown through to a healthy $32,146 and climbing! 

     This support has help us look forward to our next steps for growth. We've been shopping around for a new site to call home, and obtaining incredibly detailed quotes on our lab-grade tanks and equipment in anticipation of the crowd funding coming through in the next week. We can't wait to start making more yeast! And we'll be sending out all the rewards once we receive all the pledge contributions, plus production / ordering time. We'll be sure to keep you updated!

    So... our campaign closes TONIGHT at 11PM, and if you or anyone as frothy as you might still be wanting to grab one of our awesome rewards before we close, there's still time! If you're able to go the extra mile and post our PledgeMe link [pldg.me/froth] to your social media profile - that would be much appreciated, and would help us finish strong.  

    Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, we are over the moon! #stayfrothy

    Simon & Ryan
    (the Froth boys)

     

     

     

    First update from Froth Technologies...

    03/08/2019 at 3:33 PM

    It's been a spectacular first few days on our PledgeMe campaign, and we're pleased to let you know we're HALF WAY THERE! woo-hoo!! Thanks to all you incredible pledgers, we've now raised $15,682 towards our minimum goal of $30K. Here's Ryan with a quick update from the Froth lab. Thanks everyone! And remember to spread the word. -much love, the Froth Boys pldg.me/froth

      Emma Manson
      2019-08-04 19:55:41 +1200
      Craft Beer College
      2019-08-04 19:53:02 +1200

      "Woop woop. Going to be famous..."

      Sharon Cooke
      2019-08-04 19:37:13 +1200

      "Hi Simon This pledge is from Ron - best of luck with your new business venture When you make a fortune don't forget your Grandad - he likes beer:-)"

      Lewis Gaskin
      2019-08-04 19:05:50 +1200

      "All the best guys, hope to be using your yeast soon. Cheers, Lewis"

      Nick Johnson
      2019-08-04 17:56:54 +1200
      Jeremy Howson
      2019-08-04 13:08:08 +1200

      "Cant wait to pick up a pack from homebrew HQ. Best of luck!"

      Tim Shallard
      2019-08-04 12:26:38 +1200

      "Love this"

      Sam
      2019-08-04 11:41:35 +1200
      Chris Cooke
      2019-08-04 09:27:40 +1200

      "Looking forward to making a brew with Froth Tech Yeast"

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-03 20:47:27 +1200
      Rob
      2019-08-03 20:09:13 +1200
      Brent Forbes
      2019-08-03 14:35:12 +1200

      "All the best guys, what a fantastic opportunity to change the local beer production and add a unique NZ touch to the final key ingredient Brent & Jackie Forbes"

      Craft Beer College
      2019-08-03 13:09:18 +1200

      "Good luck, good people..."

      Owain John
      2019-08-03 11:53:03 +1200

      "Good luck boys!"

      Kareena Harris
      2019-08-03 11:34:48 +1200
      Michael Smart
      2019-08-03 06:03:55 +1200

      "Yeah the boys! Keep putting in that mahi lads, love your work. x"

      Jeni Carranza
      2019-08-03 03:54:38 +1200

      "GET IT RY DAWGGGGGGGGG! We belive in you! :D xx J n V"

      Shane Kelly
      2019-08-03 00:26:56 +1200

      "Churrrr"

      Rosi TheRiveter
      2019-08-02 22:22:14 +1200

      "Yeah! So proud of yous"

      John Derby
      2019-08-02 21:04:58 +1200
      Jorle Wiesen
      2019-08-02 20:43:25 +1200

      "Awesome idea guys. All the best!"

      Andrew Graham
      2019-08-02 20:26:04 +1200
      Andrew Graham
      2019-08-02 20:24:21 +1200
      Julie Fitzjohn
      2019-08-02 19:21:47 +1200
      Julie Fitzjohn
      2019-08-02 19:20:12 +1200
      Dan Nicholls
      2019-08-02 19:05:32 +1200

      "Frothing!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-02 18:17:22 +1200

      "Finally a crowd fund I can get on board with!! Good luck"

      Paul Terry
      2019-08-02 17:55:35 +1200

      "Get them hands dirty and plant me one of NZ's finest boys!"

      Rachel Harrison
      2019-08-02 17:14:42 +1200
      Lee-Ann Scotti
      2019-08-02 16:59:50 +1200

      "Well chaps, we are looking forwarded to fermenting with this yeast."

      Followers of Beer needs yeast, Froth needs you!

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 12/09/2019 at 11:00 PM.
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