Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing

Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing

Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing

Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing

Synopsis

Charles Bamforth, who has been described as "one of the two or three brewing scientists of his generation," here gives us a revised and updated version of his definitive guide to brewing. Bamforth traces the history of beer from ancient Babylon some 8,000 years ago to today's brewing science, recounting important brewing milestones along the way. This new edition contains expansive coverage of global beer styles throughout the world, the sensory character of beer flavor, and the development of the global brewing industry. Each of the staples of brewing (barley, hops, water, and yeast), the fundamental processes of brewing (mashing, boiling, fermentation, maturation, and packaging), and the quality determinants (flavor, foam, color, and clarity) is covered in comprehensive detail. Never losing sight of the central role of science in beer's design and manufacture, Bamforth closes with some predictions about the future of the industry. Ideal for the beer lover, amateur brewer, hobbyist, and undergraduate alike, The Art and Science of Brewing Beer is the ideal one-volume handbook on brewing beer.

Excerpt

I would like you to imagine for a moment that beer did not exist on our planet in any shape or form. Is it possible, or even probable, that anyone would invent this beverage as we know it today? and even if someone did “invent” beer, would they be able to convince any rational-minded businessperson to invest in the concept?

The answer, of course, is no. the process of brewing beer is a complex, somewhat convoluted, and, at times, mysterious endeavor that has evolved from what was probably a prehistoric accident.

The truth is, the average beer drinker today probably has very little understanding or appreciation of what goes into producing his favorite sixpack. and no wonder! This simple beverage, that is consumed by millions of people around the world every day and is taken for granted by most who enjoy it, is produced by a process that many would regard as modern-day alchemy.

Professor Bamforth (Charlie) wrote the first edition of Beer to unveil and explain this process in a meaningful, accurate and digestible form. in this newest edition, revised and updated, Charlie has added a new dimension to his original excellent text by further giving the reader a glimpse of the interplay between the process and the people who make it happen.

Charlie's creativity, sense of humor and wit, and unique perspective on beer and brewing come through at an even higher level in this new edition. Charlie is a world-recognized authority on beer and brewing, and there is no doubt that this man loves beer.

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