It's Just Beerific: The Beer Essentials
We know it's the beer making process. Work in the brewery is typically divided into 7 steps: mashing; lautering; boiling; fermenting; conditioning; filtering and filling
- #1 Mashing is the process of mixing milled grain, typically malted grain, with water, and heating this mixture up.
- #2 Lautering is the separation of the extracts won during mashing from the spent grain.
- #3 Boiling. Boiling the won extracts called wort, ensures its sterility, and thus prevents a lot of infections.
- #4 Fermenting. Fermentation,as a step in the brewing process, starts as soon as yeast is added to the cooled wort. This is also the point at which the product is first called beer.
- #5 Conditioning. When the sugars in the fermenting beer have been almost completely digested, the fermentation slows down and the yeast starts to settle to the bottom of the tank.
- #6 Filtering. A mixture of diatomaceous earth and yeast after filtering. Filtering the beer stabilizes the flavor, and gives beer its polished shine and brilliance. Not all beer is filtered.
- #7 Filling. Is putting the beer into the containers in which it will leave the brewery. Typically this means in bottles and kegs, but it might include cans or bulk tanks for high-volume customers.
Oh snap, it's the... Ale. The facts
- Ales are easier and less expensive to brew than lager beers, which require precision in the brewing plus cold storage before they are ready to sell.
- Ales are produced in a wide variety of colors, palettes and strengths: Bitter; Brown; Ale; India Pale Ale; Light Ale; Red Ale; etc.
- Interestingly, the term ale, once used to indicate a beer made without hops, now generally indicates a dark amer, strongly hopped malt beverage.
- The awesome chart (scale 1-4): 1) APV - 2; 2) Hops - 3; 3) Density - 1; 4) Taste - 4.
Dang son, it's the Lager. The facts
- Any beer made by bottom-fermentation. it is usually golden in color but sometimes can be dark.
- Lager requires a longer, colder fermentation than ale, which is a top-fermenting beer, and uses a different species of yeast, that tolerates cold temperatures well.
- Brewers would manufacture in caves or burrow into sides of mountains to find the right environment. Lager is the German word for storage place.
- The awesome chart (scale 1-4): 1) APV - 2; 2) Hops - 1; 3) Density - 3; 4) Taste - 4.
Uh-oh, it's the... Stout. The facts
- The darkest and heartiest of beers, a stout is top fermented and differentiated form a regular Ale by its brown-black color, chocolate-coffee flavors and fuller body.
- Fuller body is achieved by brewing with barley that has been dark-roasted to the point of charring.
- It is thus both darker and maltier than porter, has a more pronounced hop aroma, and may reach an alcoholic content of 6% to 7%.
- The awesome chart (scale 1-4): 1) APV -32; 2) Hops - 3; 3) Density - 4; 4) Taste - 1.