Froth!: The Science of Beer

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Ever wonder where the bubbles in your beer came from, which way they are going, and why? Have you considered the physical differences among ales, lambics, and lagers? Do you contemplate your pint?

Accomplished homebrewer and physicist Mark Denny has crafted a scientifically sound and witty investigation of the physics and chemistry of beer. He recounts and explains the history of and key technological advances in brewing, provides basic instructions for making your own?including...

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Overview

Ever wonder where the bubbles in your beer came from, which way they are going, and why? Have you considered the physical differences among ales, lambics, and lagers? Do you contemplate your pint?

Accomplished homebrewer and physicist Mark Denny has crafted a scientifically sound and witty investigation of the physics and chemistry of beer. He recounts and explains the history of and key technological advances in brewing, provides basic instructions for making your own—including a scientific-yet-accessible account of the changes in appearance during each stage of the process—and looks at the fascinating physical phenomena contained within a pint of beer. Along the way he defines the main concepts and terms involved in the process and shows how you can subject the technical aspects of brewing to scientific analysis. If you've ever been curious about how beer is made, why it froths so well, and what makes different types... well... different, then Froth! is for you.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Age - Vince Costanzo

For a scientist, Denny's approach is delightfully down to earth... There's plenty for the beerophile in Froth!

JHU Gazette - Greg Rienzi

Denny provides a scientifically sound and often witty investigation of the physics and chemistry of beer.

SpinSheet - Stephanie Stone

Beer is intriguing enough, but Denny's enjoyment of the subject adds to the fun.

Sacramento Book Review - Megan Just

Denny... keeps the book interesting with his light and informal writing style and a good sense of humor... Froth! is a perfect book for the home-brewing beer aficionado who is looking for more than 'Brewing 101' but less than a master’s degree in the subject.

Technology and Culture - Joseph Schultz

Anyone with an interest specifically in how traditional craft relates to science-based industry would also find Froth! an entertaining and illuminating case study.

Choice

Books about beer tend to be either purely descriptive or wholly scientific. Rarely does a book combine the two, much less with genuine wit and charm. Froth!... is the exception. It is a great joy to read and contains a wealth of information for a wide audience... Highly recommended.

New Scientist - Andy Coghlan

Froth! is a nice read, garnished with just the sort of wit I'd expect from a British-born beer aficionado. It will be especially useful to home brewers, as it explains step by step how to make the stuff yourself.

Beerfestivals.org

Froth! earns a solid 'A' for bringing science, brewing, and good writing together.

Choice

Books about beer tend to be either purely descriptive or wholly scientific. Rarely does a book combine the two, much less with genuine wit and charm. Froth!... is the exception. It is a great joy to read and contains a wealth of information for a wide audience... Highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review

A lively yet scientific examination of the physics and chemistry of beer.

Book of the Month Club

Froth! offers a delicious blend of history and science that will delight beer aficionados and science buffs everywhere.

Seed Magazine

Mark Denny’s beer book is different. Neither an 'ultra-technical account of the brewing process' nor a 'how-to plus a lot of recipes,' Froth! is a theoretical physicists exploration of the math and science behind the beer-brewing process. Packed with humor, history, and DIY enthusiasm, Denny shares with readers how he uses physics to home-brew his own beers that froth higher and taste better.

Beers of the World Magazine

Accomplished home brewer and physicist Mark Denny has crafted a scientific yet extremely accessible, investigation of the physics and chemistry of beer.

Choice

Books about beer tend to be either purely descriptive or wholly scientific. Rarely does a book combine the two, much less with genuine wit and charm. Froth!... is the exception. It is a great joy to read and contains a wealth of information for a wide audience... Highly recommended.

Book of the Month Club

Froth! offers a delicious blend of history and science that will delight beer aficionados and science buffs everywhere.

Seed Magazine

Mark Denny's beer book is different. Neither an 'ultra-technical account of the brewing process' nor a 'how-to plus a lot of recipes,' Froth! is a theoretical physicists exploration of the math and science behind the beer-brewing process. Packed with humor, history, and DIY enthusiasm, Denny shares with readers how he uses physics to home-brew his own beers that froth higher and taste better.

Beerfestivals.org

Froth! earns a solid 'A' for bringing science, brewing, and good writing together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801891328
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2009
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 868,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

After earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Edinburgh University, Mark Denny pursued research at Oxford University from 1981 to 1984, then moved into a career in industry. He is the author of Ingenium: Five Machines That Changed the World; Blip, Ping, and Buzz: Making Sense of Radar and Sonar; and Float Your Boat! The Evolution and Science of Sailing, all of which are published by Johns Hopkins. Denny is now semi-retired and lives on Vancouver Island.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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