Gordon Ramsay Learns to Homebrew

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay decides he needs to brew his own beer in his new show The F Word, and he wants one to pair with veal. While not the most suprising video (especially for homebrewers), the clip above is entertaining just for his reactions and the beers he tries to pair with veal. It almost seems like he does not even like beer.

It gets more interesting in Parts 2 and 3 when he actually brews beer and adds it to barrels, then bottles it via a mobile bottling truck. Rest of the videos below:

That’s an interesting square shaped brew system they employ here. Is that a more typical British homebrew system? Now, I really don’t think Gordon Ramsay actually likes beer, as he suggests drinking tea while brewing! The fact that he had to age the beer in a spirit barrel to enjoy it is also telling, but at least he has found a beer that he enjoys.

In the last video the interesting part is the mobile bottling system they bring in. Man that is a beast! I have not seen that big of an operation in a semi before. Another interesting note is they filter and force carbonate the beer–typically (in America, at least) they would not be filtering and would instead be bottle conditioning. But again, maybe it’s just for show or they are in a rush.

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  • Brett Begani
    Brett Begani
    Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:19 PM

    You must have missed the point where he pumped it to the plastic fermenter at the end of part two. Added yeast and let sit for 6-8 days.

    • Samurai Artist
      Samurai Artist
      Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:15 PM

      Busted. Thats what I get for doing multiple things at once surfing the internet. Damn ADD.