Beerthoven: Scots brewery to review impact of piano music on fermenting beer

A SCOTS brewery has joined forces with an organization {of professional} musicians in a bid to find whether or not taking part in piano to fermenting beer impacts the style.

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery has teamed up with Pianodrome to run the experiment.

Sean Logan, a member of the corporate, is taking part in a big selection of his music to 2 batches of recent beer now within the fermentation tanks at Bellfield’s brew home.

The 2 new beers – Resonancy IPA and Resonancy Pilsner- have been brewed specifically for Pianodrome’s summer-long ‘Resonancy’ at their new, upcycled piano amphitheatre on the Outdated Royal Excessive College.

Sean is taking part in a few of his personal work to 2 batches of recent beer at Bellfield’s brew home. (C) Anthony Ravelo

Yeasts – dwelling organisms used within the manufacturing of all beer – are thought to reply to sound. 

Analysis has proven that sound makes yeast develop sooner, alcohol manufacturing is elevated and aromas are enhanced.  

The analysis – revealed by the US Nationwide Library of Drugs – states that ‘Particularly, aroma compounds related to citrus notes have been upregulated with the appliance of sound’.

On the finish of the brewing course of, Bellfield plans to carry a blind tasting with commerce and business consultants together with employees and college students from the Worldwide Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt College, Grasp Brewer, David Smith (B.A. (Chem), FIBD, Dipl.Brew) and a panel of beer writers.

They’ll style the 2 Resonancy beers alongside standard brews of the identical beers to ascertain whether or not and the way the piano music performed through the brewing course of has affected style and aroma.

Resonancy IPA and Resonancy Pilsner will probably be pouring on the Pianodrome Lounge by the summer time.


The Resonancy beers reference Bellfield’s branding idea, which makes use of patterns harking back to sound waves on its packaging.

Talking in regards to the partnership, Bellfield’s CEO Alistair Brown mentioned: “We’re excited to find how this musical partnership impacts the yeast and fermentation course of – and finally the style and aroma of the 2 beers. 

“We’ve already witnessed Sean give one stay efficiency within the brewhouse, so we’re anticipating nice issues as this collaboration progresses.

“We drastically respect Pianodrome’s ethos of inclusion and neighborhood focus, which chimes strongly with our personal.”

The ‘Resonancy’ beers will probably be pouring on draught in The Pianodrome Lounge all through the Pianodrome ‘Resonancy’ on the Outdated Royal Excessive, which runs 1st July-Eleventh September 2022. 

Returning for this 12 months’s programme are the Pianodrome Free Lunchtime Live shows, operating day by day from the Fifth-Twenty seventh August on a free, non-ticketed foundation.