The Relative Amounts of Essential Oils in Hops Gives Them Unique Flavor and Aroma – #365papers – 2017 – 73

#365papers for March 14, 2017

Auerbach, Dost, and Davidson, 2000, Characterization of verietal differences in essential oil components of hops (Humulus lupulus) by SFC-FTIR spectroscopy: Journal of AOAC International, v. 83, p. 621-626.

What’s it about?

This paper discusses a spectroscopy method to explore what makes the flavors and aromas of different hop varieties distinct. They focus on the three most common components of hop essential oils: humulene, caryophyllene, and myrcene. Continue reading

Conservation in Beer: Barley, Hops, and Finished Beer – #365papers – 2017 – 71

#365papers for March 12, 2017

Jerumanis, 1985, Quantitative analysis of flavanoids in barley, hops, and beer by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC): Journal of the Institute of Brewing, v. 91, p. 250-252.

What’s it about?

This paper takes a liquid chromatographic approach to determining where compounds important to the success of beer come from. Polyphenols (including flavanoids) can contribute to haze, coloration, and taste in beer. The authors describe methods to extract the polyphenols and analyze them.

This is just a methods paper, so they really don’t draw conclusions from the analyses that they did. Should such a paper be published today, there would have to be an important research question associated with it. Science has changed in the last 30 years… Continue reading

What Makes Aroma Hops So Fragrant? – #365papers – 2017 – 70

#365papers for March 11, 2017

Nance and Setzer, 2011, Volatile components of aroma hops (Humulus lupulus L.) commonly used in beer brewing: Journal of Brewing and Distilling, v. 2, p. 16-22.

What’s it about?

The authors use gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GCMS) to determine what makes the aromatic nature of different varieties of hops so distinct. They use the similarities and differences to show which hop varieties are more closely related to each other. Continue reading

Brewing with Hybrid Yeast – #365papers – 2017 – 42

#365papers for February 11, 2017

Krogerus, Magalhaes, Vidgren, and Gibson, 2017, Novel brewing yeast hybrids: creation and application: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, v. 101, p. 65-78.

What’s it about?

This paper discusses the state of knowledge about yeasts used in brewing. It focuses especially on yeasts used for brewing lagers (bottom-fermentation at low temperature). Continue reading

Malts for Gluten-Free Beer – #365papers – 2017 – 15

#365papers for January 15, 2017

De Meo, Freeman, Marconi, Booer, Perretti, and Fantozzi, 2011, Behaviour of Malted Cereals and Pseudo-Cereals for Gluten-Free Beer Production: Journal of the Institute of Brewing, v. 117, p.541-546.

What’s it about?

One of the reasons why other grains aren’t used so much as barley for making beers is that they tend not to yield as much fermentable sugar as does barley. This paper investigated various techniques for malting gluten-free grains to be able to get enough sugar for good fermentation. Continue reading

Brewing with Unmalted Sorghum – #365papers – 2017 – 10

#365papers for January 10, 2017

Holmes, Casey, and Cook, 2016, Mashing with unmalted sorghum using a novel low temperature enzymes system: Impacts of sorghum grain composition and microstructure: Food Chemistry, v. 221, p. 324-334.

What’s it about?

Sorghum is a grain that can be used to make gluten-free beer. By using un-malted sorghum, you can save the step of malting, but you need to use high temperatures and add enzymes to get the sugars (which are later fermented) from the starch in the grain. This paper discusses a low temperature alternative to get sugar from the starches in sorghum grain. Continue reading

Vegemite Beer? – #365papers – 2017 – 8

#365papers for January 8, 2017

Kerr and Schulz, 2016, Vegemite Beer: yeast extract spreads as nutrient supplements to promote fermentation: PeerJ, 4:e2271 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2271

What’s it about?

Vegemite is a food spread that is made from brewer’s yeast extract. Apparently, it has been used as a source of yeast for illegal brewing. This paper looks at the use of vegemite for this and any other benefits vegemite may offer to brewing. It turns out that there’s no living yeast in vegemite, but it is a decent nutrient for yeast if it comes from somewhere else. Continue reading

Mass Spectrometry and Brewing Beer – #365papers – 2017 – 4

#365papers for January 4, 2017

Vivian, Aoyagui, de Oliveira, and Catharino, 2016, Mass spectrometry for the characterization of brewing process: Food Research International, v. 89, p. 281-288.

What’s it about?

This paper presents a means by which beer, in various stages of its production, can be easily tested for off-flavors and other faults without having to wait for the final product to ferment and carbonate. Continue reading

We Don’t Have Those “Exotic” Beers Here

This really happened.

In the summer of 2011, I made my nearly-annual visit to the Hanna Basin of Wyoming. I had two students with me who had never experienced the West before and were a little surprised by the difference in culture from western New York State.

I had explained to them one of the things that is a ‘thing’ in the West is drive-through liquor stores. To this day, I don’t know how this does not encourage drinking and driving, but whatever. There we were in the tiny, tiny town of Hanna. We had stopped to get water and check out the grocery store. Across the way from the grocery store was the tiny tavern and liquor store of Hanna.

Back “in the day” when I was a graduate student working in the Hanna Basin, the grocery store and the liquor store were kind of OK. I had even bought them out of (their only 6-pack) of New Belgium’s Fat Tire. Since I graduated, the town has dwindled horribly. The hardware store was gone and the grocery store was mostly bare shelves – but I could have bought some game meat there.

I had forgotten to pick up beer in Laramie before we left, so I decided to avail myself of the liquor store. Continue reading