11th April 2013: Brewing redux; centuries of brewing art and science in 45minutes by Andrew Barnett aka Barney
Name of speaker and subject:
Andrew Barnett aka Barney
Title of talk:
Brewing redux – centuries of brewing art and science in 45 minutes
Bullet points of what you would like to cover:
- A bit about me, Barney’s Beer & Summerhall brewery
- Understanding the science & history of brewing process – through everyday objects
- Malting & mashing
- Wort boiling & cooling
Suggested you-tube links, websites and / or texts wherefurther information may be found:
A few words about you and your passion:
I started working in a brewery even before I was old enough to drink legally, my dad worked for a brewery too. After a few years as a brewery dogsbody I went to night-school in order to get onto the Heriot-Watt brewing & distilling course in Edinburgh. Other than a few short stints as a musician and a spell in advertising my working career has been in brewing & distilling companies. In 2010 I quit a job for an international spirits co to set up my own business. Brewing seemed the obvious choice. In 2012 I moved into the home of Barneyâ€™s BeerÂ – Summerhall. Which was a brewery site itself from approx. 1704 to 1909.
A few lines about the history of your subject:
Brewing changed radically during the industrial revolution. It was at the forefront of science & technology in the 18th & 19th centuries.
Anything else you may want to say:
While brewing science can be complex – it’s a mash-up of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, engineering, physics, a lot of the principles are seen in every day things in our kitchen.