ZY-mur-gee refers to the science of fermentation, specifically as it relates to the production of beverages.  The OED defines it as “[t]he practice or art of fermentation, as in wine-making, brewing, distilling, etc.”

There are no doubt some DP  readers who have, as amateurs, pursued zymurgical studies.  But you might consider more formal training. Malting and Brewing Science is taught at UC – Davis.  Here’s a description of the offerings there. Or you might try the Centre for Malting and Brewing Science in Lueven, Belgium.

You undoubtedly already know the term, as the name of the American Homebrewer’s Association journal. The MarchApril issue of Zymurgy has, among others, a recipe for Berliner Weiss.

Here’s looking at you, kid!1

1 This phrase is appropriate here, but you’ll only catch the reference if you’ve seen the movie Casablanca (1942; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet).  Casablanca is one of the greatest movies ever made.  I was shocked — shocked! — to hear from an English professor that most of her students had never seen it.


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