Friday, 1 April 2011

Designing a beer

Working as a brewer I sometimes get asked how I come up with the recipes for new beers. So here's how I designed our stout:

First there was the extensive field research into existing beers of that style to see what sort of taste I'm after.



Then I used my detailed knowledge and extensive training on the materials used in making beer to have a brain storming session on which ingredients to use :


Next I reviewed the brewing literature:


Then I performed a series of complex calculations regarding the strength, bitterness and colour:


After that it was time to give it a go. And there you have it:

Lovely!




5 comments:

  1. Is that Cookie's copy?

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  2. As if Cooking Lager would pay 35p for a book from a charity shop!

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  3. If you're shooting for Guinness then roasted barley rather than black malt would be better. Black malt would make it far too interesting. Not like Guinness at all...

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  4. This was my post for April 1st, I'm not a fan of Guinness either.

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