carbonation

Carbonation Options for Your Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on February 11, 2015 · 5 comments

This week I take a look at different ways to carbonate your home brewed beer. Carbonation is an important feature of beer – it adds moutfeel, perceived body, and heavily influences the way that hop and malt aromas are delivered to your nose. It is also critical to the beer’s appearance and head retention. Understanding […]

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Beer foam and head retention are the topics for this week’s podcast with Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Known as “the Pope of Foam”, Charlie has been studying beer foam since 1979. He provides a complete overview of carbonation, how foam forms in a […]

Krausening Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on March 22, 2010 · 18 comments

Krausening is a traditional German method for carbonating beers without using sugars or other adjuncts. Instead actively fermenting malt wort is added to the fermented beer to provide the malted sugars needed for carbonation. The “Reinheitsgebot”, or German purity law, originated in Bavaria in 1516. It specifies that beer may only be made from the three basic ingredients: malt, hops, and water.