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Old 05-15-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default NPR Fans: "The Science of Brewing" on Talk of the Nation tomorrow 2-3pm EDT

Just an FYI to all, on Talk of the Nation tomorrow their subject is going to be The Science of Brewing.

http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200805162

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The Science of Brewing (broadcast Friday, May 16th, 2008)

A hop cone is split apart to reveal lupulin glands, which produce the beta acids present in hops. Photo by Stephen Ausmus.
It's beer that made Milwaukee famous -- and in this hour, live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ira and guests raise a glass to the science of brewing beer. How do yeast, water, hops and grain combine to form a lager, pilsner, or ale?

The steps in the brewing process seem simple: malting (allowing the barley to partially germinate followed by a roasting process), mashing (heating the grain in water, to convert some of the starches into sugars), and fermentation (converting the sugars into alcohol). But the actual process is quite complicated, requiring tightly-controlled conditions supervised by a master brewer. You need the right temperatures, the right times, and the right ingredients to get that brew to turn out right.

This hour we've rounded up the region's best brewmasters to talk about the science of brewing beer, and learn some tips for making your own home brewed treats. We'll also find out how expert beer tasters judge a good brew. Plus, what is it about Wisconsin that made it a center for brewing? We'll talk with the author of a book on Wisconsin's best brews about the natural resources and cultural heritage that put this state on the beerlover's map. We're visiting as the guests of Wisconsin Public Radio. Find out more at their site. Teachers, find more information about using Science Friday as a classroom resource in the Kids' Connection.

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Russ Klisch
President and Founder
Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lyn Kruger
President and Chief Operating Officer
Siebel Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois

Kirby Nelson
Brewmaster
Capital Brewery
Middletown, Wisconsin

David Ryder
Vice-president of Brewing, Research and Quality Assurance.
Miller Brewing Company
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Robin Shepard
Interim Vice Chancellor for University of Wisconsin Extension
Associate Professor, Life Sciences Communication
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs," (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001)
Madison, Wisconsin


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WOOT WOOT!!!!

Sounds cool! Thanks for posting it, I've been in and out of the office today and hadn't heard the tease for this show!



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I wish this was on today. I AM SO BORED RIGHT NOW.

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Woot!

That reminds me, I need to write to the head of the local NPR station. They have a daily talk show, and a couple times a year would have the guy from the homebrew shop, the head brewer at the Albany Pump Station, and someone else on as their guests. BUT, apparently Crooked Alan decided that beer drinkers were not WAMC's target demographic (cue boos and hisses). Little does he know that we're bigger snobs - dare I say - EACs - than the fussiest of wine connoisseurs!

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I'll sure have to listen to that one. Thanks for posting this.

I always thought Basic Brewing Radio is the npr of Brewing

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Somebody bump this tomorrow, 'cause I'll forget about it for sure, please...

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Woot!

That reminds me, I need to write to the head of the local NPR station. They have a daily talk show, and a couple times a year would have the guy from the homebrew shop, the head brewer at the Albany Pump Station, and someone else on as their guests. BUT, apparently Crooked Alan decided that beer drinkers were not WAMC's target demographic (cue boos and hisses). Little does he know that we're bigger snobs - dare I say - EACs - than the fussiest of wine connoisseurs!
You obviously haven't met super fussy wine connoisseurs, when I was living in NJ many moons ago I once had to drive 85 miles each way to deliver one bottle of wine to a casino in Atlantic city so one of their high rollers could enjoy his favorite bottle. Did they tip me for 3 hours round trip and delivery of an $800 bottle of wine, no, they didn't. People tip the delivery guy who brings you a $20 pizza, but the guy who just unloaded $2,000 worth of wine and liquor and set up the bar for your party, no tip for him....
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cha ching! Just put this on the ol Outlook calendar.

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The brewing part starts at 3:00p ET.

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