Zymurgy: The Art and Science of Beer Brewing
Raymond A. Ehrhard
Senior Research Associate
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
Beer has been around for thousands of years. Overall U.S. beer volume sales were static in 2016, but craft brewer sales grew at a rate of 6.2% by volume, claiming 12.3% of the U.S. beer market by volume. Over 6,000 breweries exist in the U.S., with less than 100 of them considered large. What does it take to brew beer? How is beer brewed? Zymurgy is a branch of applied chemistry that deals with the fermentation processes used in wine making and brewing. Dr. Vijay Ramani and Senior Research Associate Ray Ehrhard of the Washington University Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering have begun a new engineering course, An Introduction to Zymurgy. Students apply what they've learned in other engineering classes to the practical matter of brewing beer. Is it an art or science? We will discuss the beer brewing process and describe our approach to teaching the course.
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