University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Dr. Bob Hutkins, Khem Shahani Professor of Food Science, says brewers have been asking for the technical help.
“People have been brewing beer for thousands of years and, yet, there are lots of things that can go wrong,” Hutkins tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The local brewers are no different than the Budweisers and the Millers – getting a consistent product is a challenge.”
The workshop includes lab exercises, so the brewers can get acquainted with some of the techniques and services that we can provide here at UNL, according to Hutkins. Topics include yeast selection, gluten-free beer, and tastings.
While improving beer quality is the goal, the end result should help a brewer’s bottom line.
“The large brewers are just kind of holding on. Their sales are basically what they were last year, so there’s not a whole lot of growth,” Hutkins says. “All the growth in the beer industry is coming from this small craft, microbrewery type segment of the industry.”
While the July workshop the university’s Innovation Camups in Lincoln is geared for commercial brewers, Hutkins says future sessions could be offered to home brewing hobbyists.
More information about the workshop is HERE.