Brewing Adjuncts with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #252

by Brad Smith on February 27, 2022 · 0 comments

Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss the use of non-barley adjuncts in beer brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:59)

  • This week I welcome back Dr Charlie Bamforth, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis. Charlie joins me this week to discuss the use of non-barley adjuncts in beer.
  • We discuss some of Charlie’s projects in retirement including his new book on Soccer and also several books he’s been working on related to beer.
  • We discuss why the use of adjucts is very important in modern beer making and the fact that American Adjunct lager is still the most popular beer style in the world.
  • We talk about the reasons to use adjuncts, which includes not only cost, but also body, flavor and other effects on the finished beer.
  • Charlie explains why adding adjuncts can go well beyond the additional starches and sugars.
  • We talk about corn, which is the most popular US adjunct commercially but also discuss some other grains that can be used in beer.
  • Charlie discusss gelatanization and why that is important to break down starches in most cereals. We talk about options including flaked, torrified and the use of a cereal cooker for gelatanization.
  • He shares his thoughts on the wide range of forms that adjuncts can take – including liquid, powdered, torrified, flaked and more.
  • We dive a bit into the adjuncts more commonly used by homebrewers including wheat, oats and rye.
  • Charlie explains the use of gluten free adjuncts like Sourgum.
  • We talk about Chicha beer and other beers made without barley grain and sometimes even without hops.
  • Charlie discusses using a high percentage of adjuncts in beers, and also gives us his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Dr Charlie Bamforth for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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