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Transformation

This article is definitely a deep dive into the world of hops. It’s worth the read though if you have any interest in how hops affect beer, especially in the longer term. Cool stuff.

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Historical Brewers

I found this article on who Thomas Jefferson’s brewer was to be fascinating an illuminating.

Because of course Jefferson had a slave to do that work. I had honestly never thought about it before, which is one reason I liked that article so much. History can’t just be about who won: It also needs to tell us about the people who allowed others to win.

Science!

This is a deep dig into the science of better beer but man is it cool.

They stop at various universities and talk to lots of people and in the end, I have to say that I’m a little amazed that I can produce beer in my own home. There’s so much out there to get into and even the scientists suggest that the process is pretty complex.

Fortunately, I don’t have to do that process. I just have to add yeast to wort and chemistry does the rest.

On Additions

You may have heard that the government shutdown has impacted the ability of breweries to bring new beers to market.

Which is a shame for multiple reasons (which I’m going set aside for purposes of staying topical), but not the least of which is that brewers ought to think about telling their customers what’s in their beer.

Honestly, it is the kind of thing we never had to worry about, even 15ish years ago! But now, there are so many tweaks, unusual ingredients, or flat out odd adjuncts that brewers are combining their beer with, that being aware of the potential risks their customers might take by drinking their beer is the responsible thing to do.

If only there was a regulatory agency that could mandate such things to help protect and inform consumers…

Hop Fermentation

Just another reason to love science: They’ve discovered that adding hops to the beer after fermentation is apparently complete, can lead to some further fermentation process!

This news is more interesting, admittedly, for brewers and homebrewers (like myself) than it might be for the lay person but as a homebrewer, I might be able to use this information to plan how my beer might turn out or what might result because I’ve added hops to the beer in secondary.