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Product Team Update October 12, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • First of 4 enzymatic hydrolysis trials will be completed at INRS.

  • DME has begun the line layout for the 20hl and 100hl brewhouses.

  • Submitting our application for demolition with the town of Grimsby.

  • Sourcing packaging line equipment.

  • Procure office furniture for 270 Hunter Road.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue enzymatic hydrolysis at INRS, 3 more conditions over 3 weeks.

  • Start flavouring trials on hemp extract/wort.

  • Finalize the laboratory equipment list.

  • Finalize the brewhouse layout and packaging line supplier. We will need to order key equipment In November to ensure no delays.

  • Begin detailed drawings for the laboratory.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to solidify financing, any delays in funding will delay the start up of the brewhouse.

  • We need an update on the prosed layout/design before proceeding to detailed drawings.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update October 5, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finalize SmartSheet project plan for full facility build out

  • Wash and centrifuge solids for enzymatic hydrolysis trials at INRS

  • Finalize plans for moving to Grimsby

  • Review/finalize contract for 20HL brewhouse

  • Finalize NSERC Engagement Grant

  • Set up a call with Evhert and science team to determine their capabilities for design/modeling the hemp treatment plant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Enzymatic hydrolysis assessment 1 of 4

  • Continue developing lab detail drawings

  • Attend Pack-Expo in Chicago to source packaging equipment suppliers.

  • Continue preparing Hunter Road for occupancy

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are still looking for financing for the brewery equipment

Product Team Update September 28, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We have submitted the PO request for the down payment of the brewhouse. This will allow DME to move forward with the design work.

  • Finalized the conceptual design of the lab and submitted it to David Hyde for review.

  • Secured delivery of the hemp for the pre-treatment work be completed at FPI and INRS.

  • Built out the scheduled for the pre-treatment, including flavour trials.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • This week we will begin the pre-treatment trials at FPI will be completed. Erin and Thomas will be in Quebec overseeing the work.

  • Finalizing the security requirements for 270 Hunter Road

  • Receiving the keys to 270 Hunter Road. Greg Foster will be working on site starting Oct 8th.

  • Preparing 270 Hunter Road for occupancy.

  • Continue investigating best practices for alcohol extraction.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are still looking for financing for the brewery equipment

Product Team Update September 21, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finalized negotiations with DME to provide the 20hl brewhouse.

  • Received the 1st draft of the floor plan and reviewed it with the team.

  • Rodolfo, Thomas, and Erin are working on the recommended design for the pre-treatment plant.

  • Coordinated shipment of processed hemp to Quebec and Glen Falls

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working with FP Innovations to come up with a solution for eliminating or using different chemicals in the boiler water

  • Work with Malt Canada to secure supply of malted hemp seeds.

  • Complete conceptual floor plan

  • Continue developing requirements and sourcing equipment.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are looking to finance the cost of the brewery and need help finding companies/banks that provide these services

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update September 14, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continue to finalize the details for the trials taking place at INRS. We received an initial quote for the work being done at INRS and it was less than expected.

  • INRS is obtaining a quote on our behalf from Agriculture Canada to trial vacuum evaporation.

  • We have finalized the requirements for the brewing equipment and are waiting on quotes from Sprinkman, DME and Krones. JVNW has been contacted multiple times to quote, but no one has responded.

  • We are sourcing the lab equipment and obtaining multiple quotes.

  • Evhert is working on laying out the conceptual design/layout for the facility, we should see a first draft this week.

  • Develop labour plan for years 1–5.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the details for completing the trials at INRS.

  • Obtain quotes and negotiate pricing for the brewhouse equipment.

  • Obtain the first draft of the floor plan from Evhert.

  • Have a complete list of lab equipment and specifications to Evhert.

  • Identify job requirements for roles identified in years 1- 2 of the labour plan.

  • Update Smartsheet with labour requirements.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are struggling to arrange cold storage in/around Quebec for the processed hemp.

  • We will be looking into alcohol extraction and dosing if anyone has any contacts with expertise in this area we would appreciate them.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update September 7, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continue work with INRS to prepare for hydrolysis pilot in Quebec, includes clarification and concentration.

  • Investigate feasibility of enzymatic hydrolysis and concentration at production scale.

  • Finalized agreement with general contractor Evhert for the high-level design and budgeting for construction at the Grimsby site.

  • Continued working with supplier on brewhouse requirements.

  • Defined team member roles within the product team.

  • Completed washing and milling for hemp being used in the Quebec trials.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue prep work for the trials in Quebec and the Loyalist lab.

  • Set up charter meetings for the pilot and large-scale breweries.

  • Set up building design/layout kickoff meeting with Evhert. Focus of the week will be on building design and layout.

  • Begin defining and documenting team roles and responsibilities.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • MNDA DuPont/Genencor

  • MNDA Dr. Lars Rehmann, UWO

  • MTA with DSM Enzyme

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update August 31, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Rough sizing, throughput calculations, and budget estimates for bio-processing.
  • 1st pass on 2018-2019 budget, capex, and operations.
  • Requested revised proposal from Evhert and held preliminary discussions with Laporte
  • Hemp arrived in Edmonton for cutting and washing

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Source an engineering firm to support/develop detailed drawings on bioprocesss.
  • Continue budget work
  • Finalize agreement with a GC (Evhert ot Laporte)
  • Coordinate time for meeting on building design/layout
  • Review brewhouse proposals (waiting on final proposal from KHS)
  • Coordinate trip to Pack Expo.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for a source on used office furniture.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update August 24, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Developing the product & science budget for 2018 & 2019.
  • Held discussions with KSH and Ehvert on design and construction of 270 Hunter Road. KSH has declined to provide a proposal as they do not have the capacity for the project.
  • Working with Krones, DME and KSH on bids for the brewhouse.
  • We are investigating hemp seed requirements and options on in house vs. outsourcing. Cost to do in-house are looking prohibitive. Canada Malting has an R&D site and has expressed interest in doing trials.
  • The best news of the week, Robyn has decided to continue working with us.
  • Ordered 4400lbs of hemp for Cambridge Bay trials in Canada

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalizing an agreement with Ehvert to do the design and construction at 270 Hunter Road.
  • Source office furniture for 15 people and get the wifi set up at 270 Hunter Road.
  • Continue developing the budget - capital and operational.
  • Work with the marketing team to determine the packaging requirements.
  • Continue working on Cambridge Bay runs at multiple locations in Canada & the US
  • Find a third-party malting partner in Canada

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for a source on used office furniture.

Product Team Update August 17, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Engaged KSH to assist in the design and construction of the Grimsby location.
  • Engaged Krones and DME to develop proposals for the brewhouse.
  • Interviewed a potential employee for lead extraction role

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the laboratory equipment list and provide spec sheets to KHS. This will allow them to develop a draft layout for review with the team.
  • Further discussions with DME and Krones on the brewhouse requirements. Source 1 – 2 more bidders for the brewhouse.
  • Have a discussion with David Hyde on the security requirements for the Grimsby location.
  • Update the Kanban board and start the layout out the project Gantt charts in Smartsheet.
  • Work with the marketing team to develop the packaging requirements.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We would like to develop a list of quality subtrades to submit proposals to:
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • HVAC
    • General construction, etc.
Product Team Update August 10, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Placed order for extraction evaporation system
  • Research on malted hemp seeds - companies for outsourcing & potentially malting in our brewery.
  • We have started working with consultants to source our hemp processing equipment
  • Lease negotiations on our potential space at 270 Hunter Rd. in Grimsby are in progress

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Our new team leader, Greg Foster, starts on Monday, August 13th
  • Our team at Loyalist returns to work this week
  • Planning small and large batches of Cambridge Bay

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need help sourcing 10 tons of hemp stock/fiber in the United States.

Product Team Update August 3, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finished data analysis, interpretations and reported the findings for the 11 reactor trials on autohydrolysis (pretreatment of hemp without any chemicals)
  • Tested industrial food grade enzymes for loading optimization (what is the minimum we need to add to get the results we want)
  • Tested the effect of hemicellulose (removed in pretreatment) on the efficacy of food grade cellulase enzymes
  • Tested the effect of washing after pretreatment on the efficacy of food grade enzymes
  • Performed a pretreatment to mimic pilot scale autohydrolysis (35% consistency, 1” pieces of hemp, 190 ℃, 120 min)

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Lab is closed for a holiday week
  • Moving forward with the lease for 270 Hunter Rd. in Grimsby
  • Extraction equipment was ordered and it is officially in production

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need help sourcing 10 tons of hemp stock/fiber in the United States.

Product Team Update July 27, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Reactor trials for “chemical-free” pretreatment optimization 2-factor, 3 level (150C, 170C, 190C at 60, 90, 120 min) were completed, biomass characterization and enzymatic assessment will finish up next week.
  • Met with DuPont and discussed technical aspects for further improvement of enzyme performance and costs for pilot and commercial scale
  • Planning a pilot plant 100 kg trial at FPI for Process and flavor iterations
  • Continued talks for larger scale production of hemp extract (Renmatix and FPI)
  • Started process to get BTRUK xylose yeast from Winnipeg for testing
  • Talked to BC Hops Company Abbotsford, BC
  • Talked to researcher at Innotech, Alberta, about real time monitoring (Raman spectroscopy) of cannabinoids in beer

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Reactor pretreatment trial to mimic pilot scale 2-stage will be run, with accompanying biomass characterization and enzyme assessment
  • Chose process conditions for hemp production based on lab studies
  • Next week more enzyme work:
    • kinetic trials with variation in loading
    • higher temperature trial for Viscamyl (DuPont)
    • enzymatic hydrolysis without buffer, using pH manual adjustment
  • Chose and order enzymes for pilot scale (100kg) and larger scale 10 ton
  • Order hops, yeast, consumables for next brew in 20-gallon system from 100kg trial at FPI
  • Continue planning for larger scale hemp extract production at Renmatix, NY.
  • We have approval from zoning at the Town of Grimsby for our brewery. Another hurdle jumped in the process of leasing this location. This week we will move forward with the lease and site plan proposal, pending approval of our water/wastewater demands. 

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need help sourcing 10 tons of hemp stock/fiber in the United States.

Product Team Update July 20, 2018
 
 

THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Planning/arranging for 200kg trial at FPI and 10 ton trial at Renmatix and FPI (step one and step 2) for Cambridge Bay. To prepare for pilot scale trials at FPI and Renmatix, New York, we are testing pretreatment of hemp stalks and stem that will help us to decide on operating conditions in the reactor. We can save money in energy costs if 150C works and FPI can process faster. So we are tailoring our trials to validate the optimal time at two main temperature  (150, 170) and times (30, 60, 90, 120 min)
  • Characterizations of the hemp after pretreatment are essential. Enzyme hydrolysis assays on the above pretreated pulp are critical and ultimately will confirm the best pretreatment conditions to scale up.
  • We have narrowed the food grade enzyme testing to 4 by eliminating the poor performers and are testing combinations of 2 for synergistic effects and each singly at different loading for scale up purposes.
  • In communications with two pilot facilities to mimic pilot PT conditions and perform another pretreatment in the lab with our enzymes to mimic their equipment and process better (digester high consistency and large particles) will confirm total ash content for FPI and Renmatix
  • We have completed an inspection at 270 Hunter Rd in Grimsby with our engineering firm, KSH Solutions. It went very well with positive feedback from KSH. 

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We are moving forward to complete a lease agreement and are very excited about the Grimsby space. It is a 122,000 sqft facility that so far is a great fit for us. A few pictures are included above.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We could use help finding hemp fiber (stocks) in the United States.

Product Team Update July 13, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We filed our patent.
  • At Loyalist, we started to process hemp in the reactor for some small test batches.
  • After our visit to FPInnovation (TM-BIO) the previous week, we got their quote approved for lab testing trials. We’re in the process of planning our next large-scale trial there with 100-300kg of hemp converted to extract for brewing at Loyalist College.
  • The search for a building continues with a lot of movement. We are exploring additional building options through Daniel Sax. One in Bancroft is of particular interest at this point.
  • An old military base on Prince Edward Island also has interesting options for buildings. We are actively researching them as well. And we scheduled a time for our engineering firm to review the building in Grimsby.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Starting enzymatic hydrolysis on prehydrolysis pulp to make beer for flavor iterations at flask scale
  • Getting the quotation for pilot scale hemp extract production at FPI
  • Procuring additional enzymes and brewing supplies
  • Completing due diligence on the building in Grimsby.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • The building in Grimsby is looking positive, however if anyone knows of any industrial space 60 – 100,000 sqft with 20' plus ceilings...please reach out to ryan@provincebrands.com.
  • We are exploring working with team in New York State. If you have any suggestions for locating 800kg of hemp fiber in New York State, contact ryan@provincebrands.com.
Product Team Update June 22, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • At Loyalist College, last week we focused on measuring preservatives in the food grade enzymes and potential sugar degradation by-products by HPLC to ensure that there were no unidentified compounds in our beer. As well we quantified total xylooligomers and glucooligomers in the last batch of beer. ProVerde Labs did receive our samples and will have results Monday. Some more data to come from Steep Hill on flavonoids and Dynalene on fusels, esters. Delays in shipping alcohol caused trouble but all is remedied. The patent revision is underway.

  • We visited to the head office of FPInnovation this week, a 100-year old Canadian not-for-profit organization with vast experience in pulp & paper, biofuel and new technology for wood to sugar process for many applications. We will engage their services to produce hemp extract for brewing. Their pilot plant can facilitate all of our unit operations (one stop shopping) and their expertise is world renowned. Also, they have already worked with the engineering firm we hired, KSH and are together building the Thunderbay “TM-Bio” facility in collaboration with Resolute.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working on the patent revision.
  • Running autohydrolysis in the reactor and following up with characterization and enzyme testing to identify best conditions and enzymes for trials at next pilot scale

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Planning to ship hemp to Pointe-Claire Quebec and possibly Rome New York
Product Team Update June 15, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The “conditional” period has been extended on the Bowater Port Mersey location.
  • At Loyalist College, the main focus last week was in-house (Loyalist College) analysis for process stream characterization and for additional identification of various analytes of interest, including the Anton Parr training.
  • Last week we spoke to FPInnovation about their pilot plant services in Pointe-Claire, QC. and to Andritz in Springfield Ohio.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working on the patent revisions and final hemp beer analysis in house
  • Meeting with FPInnovation in Point-Claire, QC.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • MNDA with FPInnovation and Renmatix
Product Team Update June 8, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We are still in the “conditional” period of lease negotiations for the brewery location at Port Mersey, N.S. Last week progress was made on talks with consulting engineering firms and demolition companies. Progress was made on talks with Nova Scotia Power, Queens County Municipality, Brooklyn Energy, Nova Scotia Dept of Environment, regarding costs for power supply, water supply, waste water, steam supply, etc., however the costs are not clear yet.
  • At Loyalist College, the hemp beer was shipped to the analytical labs selected. Time was spent on revisions on the patent for final submission in July. The main focus last week was in-house (Loyalist College) analysis for process stream characterization and for additional identification of various analytes of interest.
  • Last week we spoke to Renmatix about their super critical water technology that would be alternative to enzyme hydrolysis in hemp extract production. Another pilot plant was identified for hemp extract production and we are getting quotes and available dates for another trial at pilot scale. We had talks with Vitalis, a manufacturer of ethanol extraction equipment and will make a decision soon on this purchase.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working on the patent revisions and final hemp beer analysis in house
  • Talks with Renmatix both technology and business side
  • Getting answers from municipalities on process water supply, waste return, power, etc.
  • Investigating options for ethanol removal technology is planned for next week. We would like to use ethanol that we remove from our beer for marijuana oil extraction

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help with finding used brewing equipment 50 hL – 100 hL fermenters and brew house
Product Team Update June 1, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We are in the “conditional period” prior to signing the lease at Bowater Mersey Paper Co., Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. We visited the location to speak to Nova Scotia Lands Engineer and previous Bowater plant manager for purposes of evaluating the use of the remaining mill equipment at the site and to speak with a demolition specialist. A meeting was held with one potential engineering contractor to discuss plant construction.
  • Province Brands and Loyalist College hosted a journalist from The Guardian for an interview
  • At Loyalist College, the hemp wort fermentation was successful and was put into cold crash. We are getting ready to bottle the hemp beer and send it to analytical labs this week. Research is proceeding as expected.
  • Progress on full-scale equipment this week: A meeting was held with a consultant on the bioprocess side and MNDAs signed to further talks with Renmatix on accessing bioprocess equipment for hemp extract production at their pilot facilities in Rome, NY (Andritz equipment) and Kennisaw, Georgia (Plantrose Technology).

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working on the patent revisions and sending the finished beer for analysis
  • Talks with Renmatix
  • Planning the Brewery design and assessing functionality and feasibility at the Bowater location

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help with finding used brewing equipment 50 hL – 100 hL fermenters and brew house
Product Team Update May 25, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Last week we attended the Lift Expo in Toronto (Erin, Elad, Andrew and Meghan) and Dooma made a presentation in Halifax at the Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference
  • A term sheet was signed by Province and Aqualitas for Province to sublease a property at Port Mersey Commercial Park in Liverpool, Nova Scotia for the brewery location. Next steps will be engineering inspections during the conditional period, planning the demolishing and equipment assessment, finalizing the sublease agreement.
  • At Loyalist College, fermentation samples were sent off to two labs for flavonoid analysis as part of our data mining for the final patent. Patent revisions are under way and the remainder of the hemp extract was brewed and now in fermentation
  • Progress on full scale equipment this week: Marijuana oil extraction equipment was specified, sized and quoted for two different vendors, Rocket Synergy 4D Rotovap was quoted from one vendor, quotation for services to use an “Andritz” pilot plant in Ohio for hemp extract processing for commercial scale validation is under way

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Discussions with Andritz are planned for accessing bioprocess equipment for hemp extract production at Andritz pilot plant, Ohio and to engage a consultant for services in the process design engineering of the full-scale equipment
  • Getting back on track with the bioprocess optimization and enzyme research at Loyalist, now that the final beer is in fermentation
  • Planning the Port Mersey pulp and paper equipment assessment and demolition

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help with finding used brewing equipment 50 hL – 100 hL fermenters and brew house
Product Team Update May 18, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We prepared and hosted two television news networks at Loyalist for interviews with Province’s CEO and the college president
  • We revised the Product Team organizational chart and planned the Product Team hiring strategy
  • We agreed to partner with CNETE and Shawinigan College to study ethanol removal from beer, and we will apply for an Engage (CCI) grant
  • The negotiations for leasing a building in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia for our brewery location are going well and expected to continue

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Recruitment for two positions will begin
  • Continue with procurement of plant equipment
  • We will complete the application and apply for the Engage grant with Shawinigan College and CNET, Quebec
  • We will get hemp beer shipped for analysis at various labs

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Help finding a good employment recruiter for technical positions in the Nova Scotia area
  • Help to find a way to germinate hemp seeds and bring to Loyalist College
  • Help with finding used brewing equipment