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Old 04-09-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:14 PM   #2
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Making beer is a science.

Designing a recipe is an art!


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Old 04-09-2008, 01:21 PM   #3
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Neither. Brewing is a craft.

Science is a certain process for finding certain knowledge, the knowledge so found, or the study of that knowledge. "Art" and "craft" have very similar meanings and applications, but "craft" more connotes producing something useful, while "art" more connotes producing aesthetic or entertaining works (as opposed to useful). Of course, there are elements of art in your finest craftsmanship, and every fine craftsman understands the science of his craft.


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Old 04-09-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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+1 to TexLaw.

Brewing is a craft. Science describes the why, art determines the how. A true craftsman understands both.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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Understanding how the process of brewing unfolds is science. Using that science to make a beer your drinkers will really enjoy is art.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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Alchemy is more like it.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:48 PM   #7
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I am an engineer, so naturally I love to dig deep into the science behind it. It's amazing how even after doing a lot of reading online, I read some of the great books like 'designing great beers' and there is a TON more info, far too much for me digest all at once by any means - it's great.

But, there's definitely a lot of art to the recipe formulation - developing a vision for a beer, what characteristics you want to achieve, and developing a real 'feel' for how to achieve them. It's not something you can pick up from reading a book - you need experience, which means brewing and drinking lots of beer - and I think we can all agree that that isn't a problem
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Alchemy is more like it.
Widmer's primary hops are called Alchemy. It is actually a blend that they are constantly adjusting based on availability.
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Id have to say its me time
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+1 to TexLaw's answer.


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