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From: Mike Fertsch <FERTSCH@adc1.RAY.COM>
Subject: Re: Charlie Papazian's Science
Date: 1989-07-07 14:32:00 GMT

> What I'm wondering is how good is his (Papazian's) science? I'm aware that
> he writes for the layperson, and naturally wouldn't go into quite as much
> detail as he might otherwise.

Homebrewers fall into two camps - the first tries to measure and control
everything with the thought that if they get everything right, they will
get perfect beer. The second camp just wants to keep things simple, and
make good beer. The second camp doesn't want to know WHY, just give them
good beer. Making beer can either be a science or an art. I think most of
the readers on this net are of the 'scientist' group; most of us have
technical backgrounds and we were trained to MEASURE, CONTROL, and DOCUMENT
our experiments.

Charlie P's book gives more science than other books (Burch's and Reese's
give little info on WHY things are done), and is good for people to get
started in brewing. He tries to serve both the artist and the scientist.

I think Charlie's science is quite good; if you talk to him he really DOES
know a lot about the science of beer and brewing. He just tries to make
brewing palatable (potable?) to those with non-technical background.

Biographical note: (I hope I got this right, and I'm sure some facts are
wrong!)
Charlie P was educated as an engineer. He received a degree in Nuclear
Engineering from The University of Virginia. On leaving school, he decided
that engineering was not the way to go (can't relax and drink beer at a
nuke power station), so went into teaching. That didn't work out, and
decided to promote homebrewing full-time.

mike fertsch

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