Beer is a great thing.
It’s great to have.
But how can we expect it to be better?
In an effort to understand how we can expect beer to get better, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario and the University of Calgary published a study that finds that beer is not the sole determinant of beer quality.
“Beer has been around for thousands of years, it has a lot of different uses and it’s a very complex product,” says Andrew McLean, an associate professor of public health at McMaster and lead author of the study.
“But I think the reason why beer is a complex product is because it’s been produced over so many different cultures, different geographic locations and so forth.
And I think that’s why people think that beer has to be one of the key ingredients in brewing.
And it’s not.”
It’s not beer, but it’s the world around us That’s why it’s important to understand that beer, in and of itself, is not as good as wine or beer, McLean says.
“I think one of things that’s really important is that there’s no magic bullet to making beer better,” he says.
Instead, McLeod says, beer should be understood as part of a complex web of relationships.
“The more you understand how these relationships are built, the better you can understand the role that each of these elements play in the process of making beer.”
The study found that, when you’re looking at the entire picture, beer is best understood as a complex, multi-layered process that takes time and investment.
For example, when it comes to beer quality, McElroy says, “it’s all about what you’re brewing and the different ways you’re fermenting the beer, and how you’re going to prepare it and what the pH levels are, and so on.”
In fact, the research team found that beer tastes best when fermented at a pH of around 6.5, and McElroys beer was rated as being better when it was at 6.8.
“What we’re trying to do is put beer in context,” he explains.
“So what is it that you’re trying?
Are you trying to produce a beer that’s going to make you money?
Are these products going to have the desired effect?”
What we’re really trying to get at, then, is how to make beer better.
“We’re trying, in other words, to get a more accurate picture of what the beer is doing in the body,” he adds.
“That’s really what we’re looking for, really, in terms of how beer is produced and how it’s made.”
And to do that, McLeans team took a more quantitative approach.
They used a mathematical model that they call the “Brewer’s Paradox” to look at the relationship between beer quality and temperature.
“It’s an important model because it allows you to really examine how different parts of a beer interact with each other,” McLean explains.
For instance, it helps to understand why some beers are more bitter than others, or why certain types of beers are better at cooling down than others.
And while there are many factors that determine the quality of beer, one factor that’s often overlooked is how the beer was fermented.
“There’s a lot that goes into that,” McLean says.
But the way that the brewers of different cultures ferment their beers also plays a part.
For this study, the team analyzed samples of beer from five different breweries.
They then took each sample and ran it through a computer program that analyzes how it was fermented and how much of that particular ingredient was converted to ethanol.
McLean and his colleagues then looked at how much that specific combination of ingredients contributed to beer’s overall taste.
“In other words,” McLeod explains, “what they did was they put these different batches of beer through different methods and analyzed the results.”
They found that the more of a specific combination beer had, the more ethanol was converted.
And that resulted in the flavor being more intense, more acidic and more bitter.
And what’s more, the combination of flavors was stronger in beer that was aged for a longer time.
“A beer that is aged for two or three years and then aged for five years is probably going to taste a little bit different,” McElrays says.
This is the first study to take a quantitative approach to beer and alcohol quality, says McLean.
And McLean believes that this type of study could lead to better understandings of the relationship among the different factors that are driving the evolution of beer.
“When you do that type of analysis, you can see that the effects of these different factors are really cumulative,” McLaure says.
So when you think about the fact that the beer that you are drinking today, in the end, is the result of a series of events that happened