Brewing Materials and Processes

Brewing Materials and Processes

A Practical Approach to Beer Excellence

1st Edition - June 1, 2016

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  • Editor: Charles Bamforth
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004685
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999548

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Brewing Materials and Processes: A Practical Approach to Beer Excellence presents a novel methodology on what goes into beer and the results of the process. From adjuncts to yeast, and from foam to chemometrics, this unique approach puts quality at its foundation, revealing how the right combination builds to a great beer. Based on years of both academic and industrial research and application, the book includes contributions from around the world with a shared focus on quality assurance and control. Each chapter addresses the measurement tools and approaches available, along with the nature and significance of the specifications applied. In its entirety, the book represents a comprehensive description on how to address quality performance in brewing operations. Understanding how the grain, hops, water, gases, worts, and other contributing elements establish the framework for quality is the core of ultimate quality achievement. The book is ideal for users in corporate R&D, researchers, students, highly-skilled small-scale brewers, and those seeking an understanding on how the parts impact the whole in beer production, providing them with an ideal companion to complement Beer: A Quality Perspective.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the practical approach to delivering beer quality, beginning with raw ingredients
  • Includes an analytical perspective for each element, giving the reader insights into its role and impact on overall quality
  • Provides a hands-on reference work for daily use
  • Presents an essential volume in brewing education that addresses areas only lightly covered elsewhere


Brewers and R&D professionals in industry, researchers and students in brewing and fermentation sciences

Table of Contents

    • List of Contributors
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Malts
      • Introduction
      • What Should a Malt Analysis Tell You?
      • Analytical Variance
      • Laboratory Analysis and Brewery Performance
      • Prevalence of Food Safety Tests—Does It Really Reduce Risk?
      • Sustainability as a Metric for Malt Supply
      • Flavor Specification—Useful, a Distraction, or Measure of the Future?
      • Malt Sensory Analysis Can Improve Selection and Specification of Specialty Malt
      • Malt Color—Surely One of the Easiest Parameters to Specify?
      • Is Not Color Much Easier to Determine by Eye?
      • Summary
    • Chapter 2. Adjuncts
      • Introduction
      • Functions in Brewing
      • Use of Liquid Adjuncts
      • Malted Cereals
      • Wheat Malts
      • Rye
      • Sorghum
      • Summary
    • Chapter 3. Hops
      • Introduction
      • Impact of Hops on Beer Quality
      • Variability
      • How Best to Manage Hops to Achieve Beer Excellence
      • Product Shelf Life
    • Chapter 4. Yeast
      • Introduction
      • Yeast Life Span
      • Wort Carbohydrates and Yeast
      • High-Gravity Brewing
      • Oxygen Demand and Quality Checks
      • Wort Nitrogen and Yeast
      • Wort Minerals and Yeast
      • Final Beer pH
      • Washing the Yeast
      • Differentiating Between Plant Ale and Lager Yeast Strains (and Wild Yeast)
      • Detection of Wild Yeast
      • Brettanomyces and Specialty Beers
      • Killer Yeast Strains
      • Phenolic Off-Flavor
      • Flocculation and Yeast Cropping
      • Yeast Cropping From A Vertical Fermentor
      • Glycogen
      • Trehalose
      • Pitching Rate and Consistency
      • The Master Culture—Cryogenic Storage
      • Yeast Propagation From Slope (Laboratory Stage)
      • Knowing Your Yeast Strain's Background
      • Purchasing Yeast
      • Yeast Shipping From Central Facilities
      • Viability and Vitality
      • Yeast Autolysis
      • Tracking the History of the Yeast
      • Summary
    • Chapter 5. Water
      • Introduction
      • Practical Requirements for Water Treatment
      • Maintenance
    • Chapter 6. Wort and Wort Quality Parameters
      • Extract
      • Final Attenuation
      • Nitrogen
      • Thiobarbituric Acid Index
      • High Molecular Weight β-Glucan
      • Turbidity
      • Dimethyl Sulfide/S-Methyl Methionine
      • pH
      • Color
      • Bitter Units
      • Viscosity
      • Zinc
    • Chapter 7. Alcohol and Its Measurement
      • On Alcohol, Alcoholic Strength, and Measurements
      • The Properties of Alcohol and Their Measurement
      • Precision and Accuracy
      • Outline of Methods to Measure Alcohol
      • Coupled Oscillating Density Meters and NIR Alcohol Meters
      • Fermentation and Alcohol Production: The Mass Balance of Fermentation, Carl Balling, and the Theoretical Basis for Brewing Parametrics
      • Density Meter/NIR Analyzer Calculations and the Tabarie Relationship—An Important Interlude
      • Measuring Alcohol Content in the Modern Brewery and Brewery Laboratory: Tables, Algorithms, and Software
      • Introduction to an Online Calculator and Brewers' Calculations Software
      • Summary
    • Chapter 8. Flavorsome Components of Beer
      • Approaches to Measuring Substances Impacting Beer Flavor
      • Bitterness
      • Sweetness
      • Sourness
      • Saltiness
      • Other Inorganic Ions
      • Vicinal Diketones (VDKs)
      • Dimethyl Sulfide
      • Methods for Measuring Other Volatile Materials in Beer
      • Flavor Stability Assessment
    • Chapter 9. Dissolved Gases
      • Theory: Laws Governing Gases Dissolved in Liquids
      • Units: Dissolved Gas Nomenclature
      • Why Measure Dissolved Gases?
      • Measurement Technologies—O2, CO2, and N2
      • Measuring Dissolved Gases: Challenges
    • Chapter 10. Controlling Beer Foam and Gushing
      • Introduction
      • Quality Assurance Methods and Troubleshooting
      • Good Manufacturing Practices and Brewing Process Optimization
      • Ingredients
      • Process Variables and Challenges
      • Gushing and Overfoaming
    • Chapter 11. Color
      • Introduction
      • Human Color Perception—Three-Dimensional Color Space
      • Path
      • Obtaining Visible Beer Color (tristimulus) Data
      • Beer–Bouguer–Lambert Law
      • Details of ASTM E−308 Prescription
      • Beer Color as Part of Quality Control
      • Summary and Conclusion
    • Chapter 12. Haze Measurement
      • The Nature of the Physical Instability of Beer
      • The Measurement of Haze
      • Measurement of Bits
      • Prediction of the “Haze Stability” of Beer
      • The Investigation of Beer Hazes
      • A QA Approach to Minimizing Colloidal Problems in Beer
    • Chapter 13. Sensory Analysis in the Brewery
      • Introduction
      • Information Required by the Brewery From Sensory Analysis of Beer
      • Evaluation of Raw Materials and Process Aids
      • Evaluation of In-process Samples
      • Evaluation of Packaging Materials
      • Evaluation of Packaged Beer
      • Product Management
      • Tasters
      • Practical Aspects of Beer Tasting
    • Chapter 14. Microbiology
      • Introduction
      • Brewing Process
      • Product
      • Summary
    • Appendix. Practicalities of Achieving Quality
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 366
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: June 1, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004685
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999548

About the Editor

Charles Bamforth

Julie Kellershohn is an assistant professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the food and beverage industries, including how and why consumers make their food and beverage purchase decisions in restaurants, pubs, and stores; and how marketing and technology can be used to influence those consumer decisions.

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Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

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