Let’s talk about yeast. When we spoke with Wyeast Laboratories‘ Brand Manager Michael Dawson, he told us how savvy craft brewers are when it comes to yeast:
Today more than ever, I think brewers get the importance of yeast and good fermentation practices, but for the average drinker, that part of the process is still pretty invisible, and it’s much more difficult to understand and parse out than the aroma profile of a certain hop varietal or the flavor and color you get from this color crystal malt.
Of course, it’s always important to reiterate the basics. KQED Science, an NPR affiliate in Northern California, gives us a brief overview of the role yeast plays in the science of brewing. They even dive into how yeasts are cultivated, thanks to Jim Withee, founder of GigaYeast Inc. Check out the full video below: