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Søren P.L. Sørensen

The Carlsberg Pioneers

When chemistry met beer

How To Measure A Great Beer

Did you know the pH scale was developed at Carlsberg? Søren Sørensen, head of Carlsberg Laboratory’s Chemical Department, invented it in 1909. pH means ‘power of hydrogen’ and the scale provides a simple way of measuring the amount of hydrogen in a solution, so as to determine its acidity on a scale from 0-14. For the brewing process, the pH scale was a revolution and its applications have been countless throughout all fields. Awesomeness on a scale from 1 to 10? Probably 10.

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Some Great Chemistry

Søren Sørensen was head of Carlsberg Laboratory’s Chemical Department from 1901 to 1938. He conducted pioneering research into proteins, amino acids and enzymes - the basis of today’s protein chemistry. Some more great chemistry was happening at Carlsberg Lab… Søren married Margrete Høyrup, who was also his assistant.

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