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.
- Thank you to our sponsor Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine for sponsoring this episode. I encourage you to subscribe to their great magazine!
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Thanks to Dr Charles Bamforth for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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