Made to be broken
While the basic process of brewing is quite rigid, there may be more wiggle room than you’d think. Marshall Schott of brulosophy.com has run more than 200-odd ‘exbeeriments’, playing with the many variables in the process. Surprisingly, he found that, among many other things, precise temperature and timing of the various stages – written in stone, we all thought – didn’t really have much effect on the finished product. So that’s some pressure off.