Advanced Chemistry of Beer and Brewing

Advanced Chemistry of Beer and Brewing

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“Advanced Chemistry of Beer and Brewing” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Charles Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis.

Do you like your beer malty? Hoppy? Smooth? Light? Dark? With over 1,500 professional breweries and many dedicated home brewers, the United States takes the lead in producing this popular alcoholic beverage. Whether you’re a seasoned home brewer or just like to go “where everybody knows your name,” you don’t want to miss Dr. Charlie Bamforth, brewskie extraordinaire and Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis, as he brews up advanced insights and explanations about the chemistry behind beer brewing.

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What You Will Learn

  • The chemistry that underpins the quality of beer (foam, color, clarity, flavor).
  • The chemistry that makes beer the healthiest of drinks.
  • Differentiate between beers based on their chemistry
  • And much more…


Book Giveaway!

One lucky attendee will be chosen to win a free, autographed, hardback copy of Charlie’s book, Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing!

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Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Dr. Charlie Bamforth is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis. He has been part of the brewing industry for over thirty two years and was formerly Deputy Director-General of Brewing Research International and Research Manager and Quality Assurance Manager of Bass Brewers. He is a Special Professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, England and was previously Visiting Professor of Brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Charlie is a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Fellow of the Society of Biology and Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. Bamforth is Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, is on the editorial boards of several other journals and has published innumerable papers, articles and books on beer and brewing – and also written prolifically on soccer. His latest contributions have been The Brewmaster’s Art (A 7-CD recording in The Modern Scholar series) and Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (FT Press).


Dr. Steve Carlo is a PhD physical chemist, currently working for the Federal Government as a Technical Manager. He has over 10 years experience which includes, research and development, consulting, and technical management. He enjoys defining R&D programs, establishing strategic alliances, searching for and evaluating novel materials and technologies. Steve has received several R&D awards and has been granted two US patents, with 3 US and 2 WIPO filings pending. He brews his own English style ale.


Curious about Steve’s choices for beers?

Steve’s favorite beers when at home in England:

  • Fuller’s: Bengal Lancer
  • Nethergate: Umbel Magna (or any other Nethergate ale) Greene King: IPA Shepherd Neame: Spitfire, 1698 or Bishop’s Finger

Steve’s favorite beers you can find many places in the US:

  • Moorehouse: Black Cat, Pendle Witch’s Brew
  • Fuller’s: London Pride, ESB
  • Black Sheep Brewery: Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.


Learn the basics of the chemistry behind beer brewing!


17 Responses to “Advanced Chemistry of Beer and Brewing”

  1. Robert Burns says:

    Would love to see this, but I have other commitments during the scheduled time

  2. Ron Krol says:

    I have the same problem as Robert Burns. Could the session be recorded for future viewing by members at a time convenient to them?

  3. Quentin Looney says:

    I am looking forward to seeing the webinar but am confused by the logo and intro above that is taken from last year’s webinar. Does this mean that “Advanced Chemistry…” will not be presented next Thursday? I much appreciate your custom of archiving the webinars, and I have enjoyed the ability of seeing some of the ones I have missed because of conflicts, but in this case I plan to alert a friend who has recently opened his own commercial brewery about the upcoming webinar and don’t want to mislead him about the content.

  4. michelle says:

    where is this held?

  5. Thomas M. Gilmore,PHD says:

    Excellent presentation. Thank you, TMG

  6. Thomas Sharp says:

    Similarly, I have other committments. Any chance of a repeat performance?

  7. Paul says:

    Same here.

    I’m a AP Calculus and Chemistry teacher at a HS, would LOVE to see this – but can’t.

    Will there be a posting of this Webinar later? (recording)

  8. Karina ALlen-Ludwig says:

    I too am unable to attend due to scheduling issues. I would really love to view this webinar. Would it be possible to have the session recorded?

  9. Kyle Hall says:

    +1 for the recorded webinar. I can’t make that time but o really want to catch this! Please record and post for us!

  10. C says:

    I second the recording for future viewing.

  11. admin says:

    Dear Kyle: This ACS Webinars event will be recorded and will be posted on this sitea few days after the event. Please check back again. Thank you for your interest. – ACS Webinars

  12. Katie says:

    Interesting presentation, thanks!
    I have Celiac disease and brew my own sorghum beer. Does anyone else have experience using non-traditional grains for homebrewing?

  13. admin says:

    The recorded version of today’s ACS Webinar, “Advanced Beer Chemistry and Brewing,” with Charles Bamforth will be available on or about April 7 on YouTube or on our website at

    Thank you for your interest and support of ACS Webinars.

  14. Seth Stepleton says:

    Thanks to the ACS, Charles Bamforth and Steve Carlo for putting on today’s webinar. I’m going to go back and watch the first presentation too.

    I’m currently obsessed with bourbon barrel aged beers. So tasty!

  15. yolanda sanchez says:

    I will be waiting for the recorded version of the webinar and I am sorry I couldn’t attend it at the scheduled time. Academic
    Thanks to ACS for the “Advanced Beer Chemistry and Brewing” webinar, the presentation, post audio and slides, were very very good.

    I am a teacher in Mexico and I will include webseminars to my students.


  16. Ron says:

    I would like to know where I could hear this or other webinars again or if one missed it?

  17. admin says:

    Dear Ron: We have added the recording to the site. Thank you for your interest.
    -ACS Webinars team

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