The Chemistry of Beer Feat. Sam Adams Brewmaster Grant Wood

Everyone knows that chemistry and beer go hand in hand, but can you guess what hops, barley, and Louis Pasteur have in common?

Grant Wood, the Senior Brew Master at Boston’s Sam Adams brewery takes us on a quick tour of their world famous facility and gives a chemical explanation of the traditional four vessel beer brewing process. It’s about time all you home brewers out there get up to speed on your chemistry!

[Note: At Sam Adams’ Boston location, the mash tun is used as a substitute for the
brew kettle because of the small size of the brewery.]


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“How to Brew” author John Palmer stops by Northern Brewer to brew an all-grain batch of a very special recipe. In our video, Palmer discusses his techniques for adding salts to brew water, mashing, batch sparging (versus fly sparging), chilling and fermentation. It’s a full-blown brew day with one of homebrewing’s most influential people. Grab a pint and enjoy the show.

Original recipe here… note: John Palmer has already tweaked it beyond the original form and it continues to be tweaked, but this is the original recipe from the way-back machine: