Tapping Into Thiols: Unraveling the Interactions Between Hops, Malt and Yeast

September 27, 2023

In this riveting Zymurgy Live webinar, special expert guest Dr. Laura Burns from Omega Labs demystifies the chemistry of thiols, explaining how these intriguing sulfur compounds influence the flavors and aromas in your favorite hop-forward beers. She delves deep into the complex relationship between thiols and key brewing components—yeast, malt, and hops—offering enlightening insights that can dramatically enhance your homebrewing skills.

After an engaging 30-minute presentation, audience members ask questions directly to Dr. Burns in a live Q&A session. So, whether you’re an experienced homebrewer seeking to refine your techniques or a newbie eager to learn the science behind brewing, this session provides a wealth of knowledge. Listen with curiosity, and take away understanding and inspiration!

Event Details

  • Date: September 27, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM MT - 4:00 PM MT

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About the Speakers

Dr. Laura Burns

Dr. Laura Burns, Director of Research and Development

Omega Yeast

Laura Burns, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Development at Omega Yeast. After studying stress responses in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for her graduate thesis at Vanderbilt University, she decided the best place to apply this knowledge was in brewing. She worked in production brewing for five years as Head Brewer and Director of Quality Assurance before heading back to the bench at Omega Yeast. Her undeniable curiosity drives her to tackle difficult questions that brewers face daily.

Doug Piper

Doug Piper, Moderator

AHA Committee and Founder & Host of Gourmet Brewing

Doug Piper is the founder and host of "Gourmet Brewing" and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. An accomplished aerospace engineer with 35 years of experience, he is also an experienced beer, mead, and cider judge. Holding certifications as a Certified Cicerone and Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) beer, mead and cider judge, he is currently pursuing additional certifications in wine and coffee to expand his knowledge and expertise. With over 40 competition judgments, including at the National Homebrew Competition, Great American Beer Festival, the Brussels Beer Challenge, and the Brazilian National Beer Competition, he is eager to share his research and insights through his "Gourmet Brewing" webinars and YouTube channel. In addition to his achievements in the fermented beverage world, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, having served on corporate boards and developed 15 patents.