The beer project:
- Science for a better brew -
Home brewers participating
Professors, PostDocs, PhDs, Researcher, Lab engineers, and Master students working on the project
We take a scientific approach to the art of brewing.
The craft has always been more about know-how, than know-why. We delve into the scientific understanding of what gives different beers their different properties, and aim to understand the connections between choices in the brewing process, the resulting flavor compounds, and how this finally affects the experience of drinking the beer.
We believe that brewing is a craft. Through scientific research, we believe that we can expand the understanding of how the components used in the brewing process affects the final beer and quantify the minute details in their combinations that makes the difference between a fine pint and a truly exceptional beer.
To quantify the components of a beer in detail, we use nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy - similar to an MRI machine at the hospital - to give us a unique fingerprint for every sample. With many samples along with accurate recipes, we build a database of different beers, allowing us to look for patterns and trends, to see what compounds stem from which ingredients, and to discover new connections between process and product we have yet to understand.
To build a database collection of different beers with detailed recipes, we are in need of a large number of samples where we have knowledge of each ingredient and the brewing procedure used. We need far more samples than we can brew ourselves, and we wish to cooperate with both professional breweries and homebrewers in order to produce all the samples we need.
If you are willing to share your beer and your knowledge with us, you can contribute to this amazing project and hopefully help increase our collective know-why of the brewing process. With enough people we can move mountains, and we plan on doing exactly that!
Besides: In how many scientific projects have you already participated?