Quality in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #184

by Brad Smith on December 20, 2018 · 2 comments

Dr Charles Bamforth joins me to discuss ensuring quality in beer and how it applies to both professional and home brewing. We also explore aspects of quality in beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:52)

  • Today my guest is Dr Charles Bamforth.  Dr Bamforth is a Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the University of California at Davis.  He specializes in beer perception, polyphenols, foam stability, oxidation and flavor stability in beer.
  • We start with a discussion of Dr Bamforth’s pending retirement, though he plans to continue writing about beer and soccer.
  • Charlie defines quality and what it means in beer, as well as the difference between quality assurance and quality control.
  • We talk about the basic components of a quality assurance program.
  • We discuss how quality goes well beyond just monitoring the brewing process, but actually includes the ingredients back to their source as well as the product packaging, delivery and storage.
  • We discuss the cost of quality and how to balance that.
  • He explains some of the common measurements taken to control quality including the critical sensory analysis.
  • We discuss how quality applies to the average homebrewer.
  • Charlie explains some of the details involved in the control process.
  • We mention some of Dr Bamforth’s recent books as well as his closing thoughts on quality.


Thanks to Dr Charles Bamforth for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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William Marytn December 21, 2018 at 2:03 am

Nice blog. I read your post, it’s very effective. I see your video. you can briefly explain about how can check quality beer.thanks for sharing this kind of information.

Texas Brewing Inc. January 18, 2019 at 4:49 am

Wow!!! Excellent blog & video. I really appreciate your way of conveying information regarding beer. Thanks for sharing it..Please keep it up.

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