Science and Practice

1st Edition - September 28, 2004

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  • Authors: D E Briggs, P A Brookes, R Stevens, C A Boulton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781855739062
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781855734906

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Brewing is one of the oldest and most complex technologies in food and beverage processing. Its success depends on blending a sound understanding of the science involved with an equally clear grasp of the practicalities of production. Brewing: science and practice provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to both of these aspects of the subject.After an initial overview of the brewing process, malts, adjuncts and enzymes are reviewed. A chapter is then devoted to water, effluents and wastes. There follows a group of chapters on the science and technology of mashing, including grist preparation. The next two chapters discuss hops, and are followed by chapters on wort boiling, clarification and aeration. Three chapters are devoted to the important topics of yeast biology, metabolism and growth. Fermentation, fermentation technologies and beer maturation are then reviewed, followed by a consideration of native African beers. After a discussion of brewhouses, the authors consider a number of safety and quality issues, including beer microbiology and the chemical and physical properties of beer, which contribute to qualities such as flavour. A final group of chapters cover packaging, storage, distribution and the retail handling of beer.Based on the authors’ unrivalled experience in the field, Brewing: science and practice is a standard work for the industry.

Key Features

  • A detailed account of all stages of the brewing process
  • Safety and quality issues are discussed, including the chemical and physical properties of beer and beer microbiology
  • A strong partnership of the science and the practicalities of production ensures this book is a primary reference


Those in the brewing industry

Table of Contents

  • An outline of brewing; Malts, adjuncts and enzymes, Water, effluents and wastes; Biochemistry of mashing; Grist preparation; Mashing and wort separation; Hops and hop products; Chemistry of hops; Chemistry of the hop boil; Technologies of wort boiling: clarification, cooling and aeration; Biology of yeasts; Metabolism of wort by yeast: Brewery fermentation; Growth of yeasts; Fermentation technologies, Beer treatments; Opaque beers; Microbial contaminants in breweries and dispense systems; Brewhouses; Chemical and physical properties of finished beers; Beer flavours and qualities; Packaging; Storage and distribution.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 900
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2004
  • Published: September 28, 2004
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781855739062
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781855734906

About the Authors

D E Briggs

Dennis Briggs was formerly Senior Lecturer in the British School of Malting and Brewing in the University of Birmingham. With Jim (J.S.) Hough and Roger Stevens, he wrote Malting and brewing science (1971; and a second edition with Tom (T.W.) Young in 1980/1981). Other publications include Barley (1978) and Malts and malting (1998).

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly University of Birmingham

P A Brookes

Chris Boulton is currently at the Coors Brewers Technical Centre at Burton-on-Trent. He is the co-author, with David Quain, of Brewing yeast and fermentation (2001).

Affiliations and Expertise

Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

R Stevens

Peter Brooke spent over 30 years with Allied Breweries and Carlsberg Tetley, including 6 years as Director of Tetley’s Leeds Brewery. He was also President of the Institute of Brewing from 1997 to 1999.

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly Sunderland Polytechnic

C A Boulton

Roger Steven was formerly Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Sunderland Polytechnic. As well as being a co-author of Malting and brewing science, he has edited the Institute of Brewing’s monograph on Hops and the Flavour and fragrance journal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Coors Brewers, UK

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