What is Zythology?

9/5/2016

Zythology is the study of beer and beer making; it is to beer what ‘oenology’ is to wine. A zythologist is a true beer connoisseur who can share many interesting facts about an immensely complex and sophisticated beverage, its ingredients, and the roles they play in the brewing process.



What is the difference between a microbrewery and a brewpub?


A microbrewery produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer each year, with 75% or more of its beer sold off-site. A brewpub is a restaurant-brewery that sells a quarter or more of its beer on site, primarily in the restaurant or bar. The beer is often dispensed directly from the brewery’s storage tanks and, where allowed by law, brewpubs often sell beer “to go” or distribute to off site accounts. Both microbreweries and brewpubs are markets within the craft beer industry.



What is wet hopping?


Wet hopping is the use of fresh hops that have recently been picked. Because of the moisture content of fresh hops as compared to dried pellets, plugs, or whole hops you might get from a manufacturer, one ounce of fresh hops will impart much less bitterness than a comparable mass of the same variety that has been dried.





Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News, Jack's Abby Brewing edition.

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