That’s the question some engineering students at UC San Diego want to answer. The team is in the running to send an experiment on board an Indian spacecraft that scored one-million dollars in the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge.
If they get their shot, they'll test if yeast can help produce beer in outer space conditions. malt and water mixed together, prepared on Earth and placed into a special experimentation vessel. The vessel would allow the fermentation process, where the yeast turns sugar to alcohol, and the carbonation process of getting the bubbles into the beer, to occur simultaneously without releasing any excess carbon dioxide.
Their experiment will be evaluated by a panel in March. The Indian TeamIndus spacecraft will launch December 28.