My name is Jason Rodriguez and I’m a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University working in a lab that studies Retroviruses. I work on trying to figure what human genes HIV uses to replicate and establish a spreading infection. I also work on XMRV, a novel human retrovirus discovered in prostate tumors and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.
The first beer that I ever brewed was in the lab! A good labmate of mine did his Ph.D. in the UK and promptly educated me on the necessities of cask ale, or REAL ale. We endeavored to make our first beer in the lab so our co-workers could enjoy a fresh pint from time to time. I was quickly hooked on the hobby and began to brew beers routinely in the lab. Because of time constraits, complaints, and the general idea that you shouldn’t be brewing beer at your place of work, I’ve moved my brewing to my apartment in NYC.
I soon realized that there is much science that goes on behind brewing and I have available to me all the equipment needed to study yeast. I occasionally bring yeast into lab to analyze and prep starters.
This brew blog is all about my experiences in the science of brewing beer.
I hope you enjoy!