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POLL: What’s the Most Important Ingredient in Beer?

Over on my TODAY post…uh…today, I review a quartet of gluten-free beers, which are brewed without the traditional grains (no barley, no wheat, no oats allowed).  As a result, they are mostly poor substitutes for “real” beers brewed with gluten-rich grains.  It’s basically no grains, no good. That got me to thinking – what’s the […]

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Our Ancestors Took 3 Billion Years to Evolve from a Single Cell Organism, Brewers Yeast Does it in 2 Weeks

Other kinds of nerds have discovered what beer geeks have known for a long time: Brewers yeast is an amazing little critter.  In the world of brewing, yeast is a major factor in the character and potency of a beer.  In the world of science, it is an industrious single-cell organism that is sometimes called […]

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Scientists May Have Discovered Origins of German Lager Yeast: Argentina

It took them five years of searching the world to figure it out, but scientist have concluded that the forebearer of German lager yeast may have originated from beech trees in Southern Argentina some 600 years ago.  The study is co-authored by Todd Hittinger, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I wonder how […]

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Here Comes the Science: Yeast Shows Scientists the Origins of Complex Life on Earth

As a beer nerd, you gotta love yeast, the industrious little critters who give every beer you drink the magical spark of life.  You may know that yeast cells congregate in little clumps converting sugars into alcohol, but do you know WHY they work in teams? Scientists at a small Massachusetts college (some place called […]

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Homebrew Rescue Mission: Saving Private Wort

True to my New Year resolution, I actually got off of my butt and brewed a beer this weekend.  It was the Bell’s Two Hearted clone I picked up from Northern Brewer in April of last year.  That’s right – this kit has been sitting around for almost nine months.  While that’s probably not a […]

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