What do microbes have to do with beer? Everything! Because the master ingredient in beer is yeast – a microbe – and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. A new freely-available report; FAQ: If the yeast ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy: The Microbiology of Beer explores the synergy between microbiology and brewing beer. The American Academy of Microbiology brought together some of the world’s leading experts on yeast, brewing and food science to explain how making great beer depends on creating the perfect conditions for yeast to work its magic. Keeping the yeast happy, it turns out, is what will make or break your beer batch. This report is based on the deliberations of 18 participants who convened for a day to discuss the relationship between microbiology and beer brewing.
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All of the answers are straightforward and limited to two pages each for easier understanding. Important terms and concepts are introduced as needed and fully explained. Sidebars on topics like the domains of life and fermentation round out the 12 page report.