Charles W. Bamforth
This new book, the first in a series entitled "Practical Guides to Beer Quality," offers an easy-to-read yet comprehensive and authoritative description of all the factors that impact the quality and quantity of foam on beer.
FOAM guides the reader through the many factors that impact foam, culminating in a step-by-step explanation of how problems with too much or too little foam can be interpreted and rectified. The book takes the reader through the role that foam plays in perceived quality, the factors that impact foam, and the contributions that all stages from barley to dispense make to foam. It also describes how to measure head stability and cling and diagnose problems with over foaming (gushing). The author has conducted detailed research studies on foam for more than 30 years and indeed has been referred to as the “Pope of Foam.”
The book might be justly called a “foam owner's manual” and will be of interest to brewers; suppliers to the brewing industry; scientists studying foam; home brewers; beer servers in bars, restaurants, and hotels; and any serious lover of beer. It will enhance courses in malting and brewing science and any class where foaming and bubbles are covered.
Perceptions of Foam
The Physics of Foaming
The Chemistry of Foaming
Raw Materials, Processing, Dispensing, and Beer Foam
Measuring Beer Foam and the Foaming Components of Beer
Sorting Out Foaming Problems
Appendix 1: Suppliers
Appendix 2: Further Reading
“As only he can do, Charlie Bamforth efficiently presents and discusses the formation, beauty, physics, chemistry, size, whiteness, stability and robustness of beer foam. Charlie challenges, refutes, or reinforces many of the “old brewer’s tales” we have all heard about foam, while explaining each of them in ways we can all understand. If you want to learn, review, or remember the current state of the art and science that keeps beer foam afloat, buy the book, grab a beer, sit back and enjoy this well-presented practical guide book."
-- Dave Thomas, Brewer & Distiller International