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Spanish scientists have identified the specific gene in yeast that's responsible for the foamy head

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by BreakingBad, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

  2. jdklks

    jdklks Savant (375) Maryland Aug 9, 2007

    Of course, this is a very cool discovery. But I doubt it will greatly affect the world of craft beer. It will certainly be used as a gimmick by BMC to market their products. Thanks for sharing!
  3. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (490) California Dec 11, 2010

    Unless, of course, companies decide to genetically modify their yeast strains or simply breed them to have more foam (selecting for the gene.)
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  4. Tagline: "Now with more foam".
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,035) New York Mar 12, 2009

    BrewDog will be sure to make the foamiest beer in the sure to come foam wars.
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  6. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (715) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005

    I doubt that this turns out to be the last word on the causes of beer foam, but I think it's a cool scientific triumph. I suppose the easiest application will be to clone the gene in the lab to build up stockpiles of the protein that can be added to beer in ideal amounts, but as there already are foaming agents that can be added to beer, I'm not sure it will change the beer world all that much.
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  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,055) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    Dogfish will probably jump on this.
  8. Rochefort provides some great competition here.
  9. Agreed - I would be very surprised if companies did not use this finding in producing new varieties of yeast and particularly with slightly altering current yeast strains. I mean, who doesn't want better head retention?