Beer fermentation process

Blub, blub, blub, blub. That’s what our huge (25l) vessel of ‘beer-to-be’ sounds like when it’s becoming beer. But, actually, it’s what fermentation ‘sounds’ like! Fermentation is an essential step of making a decent beer. Without fermentation no alcohol, no degradation of sugars, no proper flavour development.

Tea Bag Science – Dunking vs. Steeping

Nothing better on a cold day: a warm cup of tea. But I’m an avid tea drinker, drinking tea all through the day, not only cold days. Also, I’m a Dutch tea drinker (based on various encounters with non-Dutch people who were amazed by my/our tea making procedure). A Dutch tea …

Making fresh orange juice – blending vs juicing

While drinking a glass of freshly made orange juice a little while ago I noticed orange juice is a great vehicle for explaining all sorts of science related phenomenon. In the first post I introduced the orange, in this post, we’ll be focussing on making the orange juice itself. We’ll …

Coffee bean packaging – Science of proper coffee storage

The other day, when refilling a coffee machine with coffee beans, I had to open a new bag of coffee beans. Even before opening the bag (which was properly sealed) I could smell the flavour of coffee wafting towards me. It smelled great! Since the bag was completely closed, I …

The beer brewing process – Beer science at home

Brewing beer at home or in little breweries has become a lot more popular over the past few years. There are a lot of kits available nowadays for everyone to give beer brewing a shot. So that’s exactly what we did as well, we decided to brew our own beer! …

A typical British high tea – on the bitterness of tea

Tea should be as sharp as a two-edged sword and as bitter as wormwood. It’s a well known saying about British tea, but too be honest, not very applicable to me, which is why in my last post in the mini-series on a British afternoon tea, we’ll be discussing tea! …

Afternoon tea at the Bel & the Dragon

Once I figured out the difference between a high and afternoon tea, I made sure to enjoy a ‘real’ afternoon tea while visiting the UK. England has a couple a great little towns through which you can go for a walk and admire all the old buildings and thinking about …