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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:42)
- Today my guest is Dr Charlie Bamforth from the University of California at Davis. He is Professor of Malting and Brewing Science where he specializes in the study of wholsomeness of beer including beer perception, polyphenols, foam stability, oxidation and flavor stability. This is Charlie’s 8th appearance on the show.
- Dr Bamforth tells us some of the new projects he’s been working on along with his new books. He also mentions the short courses in brewing now offered by the University.
- We talk about the definition of clarity and why it matters for beer brewing.
- Charlie explains how to measure clarity and haze including direct measurement and observation.
- We discuss some of the many potential causes of haze in beer.
- He tells us about chill haze, and how chill haze often develops into a permanent haze.
- We start on to of the main culprits that cloud beer – polyphenols and proteins.
- Charlie discusses the selection of malts, malt protein and how to minimize it.
- We discuss polyphenols which come from both hops and grains.
- Charlie shares some techniques for reducing haze starting with a good strong boil.
- We discuss cold crashing a beer and how important that is for improving clarity.
- Charlie explains some finings commonly used as well as how they work.
- He shares his closing thoughts
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Thanks to Dr Charlie Bamforth for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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