Beer

Beer

Beer is one of the most established and most generally alcoholic beverages on the planet. It is additionally the third most famous beverage by and large after water and tea. Beer is blended from oat grains—most regularly from malted grain, however wheat, maize (corn), and rice are additionally utilized. During the preparing procedure, aging of the starch sugars in the wort produces ethanol and carbonation in the subsequent brew. Most present day Beer is prepared with hops, which add bitterness and other flavors and act as a natural preservative and stabilizing agent.. Other seasoning operators, for example, organic product, herbs, or natural products might be incorporated or utilized rather than jumps. In business blending, the regular carbonation impact is frequently expelled during handling and supplanted with constrained carbonation.

Beer is disseminated in jugs and jars and is likewise usually accessible on draft, especially in bars and bars. The preparing business is a worldwide business, comprising of a few predominant global organizations and a huge number of littler makers running from brewpubs to territorial bottling works. The quality of present day Beer is more often than not around 4% to 6% liquor by volume (ABV), in spite of the fact that it might change somewhere in the range of 0.5% and 20%, with certain distilleries making instances of 40% ABV or more.

Beer structures some portion of the way of life of numerous countries and is related with social conventions, for example, brew celebrations, just as a rich bar culture including exercises like bar creeping and bar games.

Flow Chart of Brewing Beer

Fermentation

Beer Ingredients

Four basic ingredients are used to brew beer:

  1. Grain
  2. Hops
  3. Yeast
  4. Water

Grain contains the natural sugars required for fermentation. It also provides beer with flavour, colour, body, and texture.

Hops are small, green, cone-shaped flowers from the hop plant, a vine related to the nettle plant. Over 50 varieties of hops are grown throughout the world, mostly in Europe, Australia, and North America. Hops provide beer with a spicy, bitter flavour and contribute natural substances that prevent bacteria from spoiling beer.

Yeast species is used in a slightly different method of fermentation and produces a distinct type of beer.Yeast is a little, single-cell life form, probably the easiest type of vegetation, which is answerable for the aging procedure in brew. Yeast basically takes basic sugars like glucose and maltose, and produces carbon dioxide and liquor. Sometime in the past the job of yeast in preparing was obscure.

Water constitutes as much as 95 percent of the ingredients used in the brewing process. The mineral content in water—in particular, the levels of salts such as calcium, sulfate, and chloride dissolved in the water—influence the quality and flavour of the beer it is used to produce. Modern brewers add minerals and other natural elements to water or eliminate them by boiling or filtration so that the water used in the brewing process always produces beer with the same flavours. This enables brewers to produce identical-tasting beer at different brewing locations throughout the world.

Manufacturing Process

Malting –The first step is called malting, involves steeping the grain in water for several days until it begins to germinate, or sprout. During germination, enzymes within the grain convert the hard, starchy interior of the grain to a type of sugar called maltose. At this point, the grain is called ‘green malt’. After several days, when the majority of the starch has been converted to sugar, the malt is heated and dried. This process, called kilning, stops the malt from germinating any further. A portion of the malt may be further roasted to varying depths of colour and flavour to create different styles of beer. After kilning, the dried malt is processed in a mill, which cracks the husks (the outer coating of the grain), and transformed into ‘grist’.

Mashing – The cracked malt is transferred to a container called a mash tun, and hot water is added. The grist steeps in the liquid, usually for one to two hours. This process breaks down the complex sugars in the grain and releases them in the water, producing a sweet liquid called ‘wort’. The temperature and amount of time used to mash the malt affects the body and flavour of the finished beer.

Brewing – In brewing, the wort is transferred to a large brew kettle and boiled for up to two hours. Boiling effectively sterilizes the wort to kill any bacteria that may spoil the wort during fermentation. During this stage of the brewing process, hops are added to the wort to provide a spicy flavour and bitterness that balances the sweetness of the wort. The types of hops used and the length of time they are boiled are determined by the style of beer being made. To produce a beer with a stronger, more bitter flavour, hops are boiled for at least 30 minutes and often longer. This enables the bitter oils in the hops to fully infuse into the wort.

Other ingredients may also be used to influence the flavour of the finished beer, and they are referred to as adjuncts. For example, brewers of pale and light-bodied beers often add other cereal grains, such as corn and rice, to achieve the desired lightness in their product. Many breweries add corn and rice that has first been cooked to a gel-like consistency. This gives the beer a lighter colour and body and a more mellow taste than beers produced from barley alone.

Fermentation – After brewing, the wort is cooled and then strained to remove the hops and other residues. The brewer transfers the wort to a container in which it can ferment. Yeast is then added into the wort to begin fermentation.

There are two types of fermentation:-

Top fermentation – Saccharomyces cerevisiae floats on top of the liquid as it ferments, prefers warm temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C and lasts a week.

Bottom fermentation – Saccharomyces uvarum or Saccharomyces carlsbergenesis sinks to the bottom of the liquid and ferments best at cool temperatures ranging from 5°C to 10°C and lasts two weeks.

When the yeast has consumed most of the fermentable sugar, the wort becomes ‘Green beer’.

Conditioning – The beer is transferred to an airtight container, called a conditioning tank, for a second fermentation or aging period, where the beer becomes naturally carbonated. Aging lasts for a few weeks to several months, depending on the type of beer being produced.

There are two methods that may be employed for natural conditioning of the beer:

Priming – addition of yeast with some sugar.

Krausening – meaning ‘to froth’, which is addition of yeast and some fresh wort.

Some brewers inject carbon dioxide gas into the beer when aging is complete to give it a bubbly, effervescent quality

Filteration – After aging, the beer may appear somewhat cloudy from yeast cells and other particles that remain suspended in the liquid. The most common method of removing these impurities is filtration, a process in which the finished beer is pumped, under pressure, through a sterile filtering system that traps nearly all of the suspended particles from the liquid, resulting in a clear liquid.

In earlier days, a process of fining was used. In this method, ingredients rich in protein, like egg white, ising glass or bentonite powder, was added to the beer for clarification.

Pasteurisation – Even after filtration, however, some bacteria may remain in the beer. To kill the remaining bacteria, the beer is pasteurized.

There are two methods:

Tunnel pasteurisation – is usually done for bottles, which are passed through a tunnel where the temperature is gradually increased to 60ºC and then gradually brought down over a period of 30 minutes. This is done to prevent the bottles from breaking.

Flash pasteurisation – is usually done for cans and kegs, which are subject to high temperature of 72ºC for 30 seconds.

Draught beer, which is stored in metal kegs, usually is not pasteurized and must be kept refrigerated to prevent it from spoiling. Some brewers and beer drinkers believe that filtering and pasteurizing beer robs it of much of its original flavour and character.

Types Of Beer

The two major categories of beer are ales and lagers, and the yeast used in fermentation determines the differences between the two.

Ales are top fermented and are aged, or conditioned, for one to three weeks. Ales should be served at room  temperature about 14-16°C

Lagers are bottom fermented and usually drier, crisper, and less fruity in taste than ales. Lagers are aged for up to 12 weeks. Lagers are best served chilled at 4-6°C.

About Ales

Porter and stout are dark ales that are nearly black in colour and have a hearty flavour and dense body. A London brewer created porter in 1722 as a more nourishing drink for porters and other heavy laborers. Arthur Guinness, an Irish brewer, developed a darker version of porter in the late 1700s, calling it extra stout porter. This designation was later shortened to stout. The barley used to produce these beers is roasted to a dark, rich colour. Both beers range in taste from sweet to dry. Porter is lighter in body and higher in alcohol than stout, but stout tends to be more bitter.

Mild ale, originally produced in England, has a gentle, sweet taste that is meant to quench the thirst. It is usually tawny to dark in colour.

Bitter ale is a popular style of British ale that ranges in colour from light to dark. It tastes dry and bitter because the hops are added early in the cooking process, enabling the bitter oils to impart a strong flavour.

Pale ale is a clear beer with a dry, malty, nutty flavour. It has a less pronounced hop flavour than bitter ale.

Brown ale, in contrast, is deep amber or darker in colour and may have a strong, dry, nutty taste or be somewhat sweet and fruity, depending on how it is brewed.

Barley wine has a bronze to mahogany colour and a heavy, fruity taste. Although it is an ale, it may have been named wine originally because of its high alcohol content, which, at around 10 percent, is closer to wine than beer.

About Lagers

Pilsner is the most popular of all the lagers, originated in the Bohemian town of Plzeň in 1842. It is a clear, golden lager with a dry but soft malty taste and flowery hop aroma.

Dark lager, also known as Munich dunkel, was first produced in Munich, Germany. It is a dark brown brew with a spicy, malty taste with flavours of chocolate and licorice.

Vienna-style Märzen, or Oktoberfest, is a lager that ranges in colour from amber-red to bronze or copper and has a soft malty taste and smell.

Bock beer is a full-bodied, smooth lager with a somewhat sweet taste. It is usually dark in colour and may have an alcohol content as high as 8 percent. Doppel bock is a variation of bock beer that is very dark and strong. Bock and doppel bock beer are usually brewed in the winter and consumed in the spring.

Light beer contains fewer calories and usually less alcohol—about 2 percent—than regular beer. It is produced by using a lower grain-to-water ratio during the brewing process.

Ice beer, which has high alcohol content, is made by cooling a beer to below freezing and then filtering out the ice crystals that form.

Wheat beer is brewed by mixing wheat with barley, usually in equal parts. The result is a light-coloured and somewhat cloudy beer with a refreshing, tart flavour. Wheat beer typically contains less alcohol than other types of beer. German-style Weizen is an unfiltered wheat beer. Additional yeast is added to the bottle before it is capped to enhance its flavour and cloudy appearance.

Lambic beer, brewed primarily in Belgium, is a type of wheat beer fermented using only wild airborne yeast.

All beer can be further described by three additional variables

  • Colour
  • Bitterness
  • Density

Colour is determined by the type and amount of malt used to make the beer. The roasting of barley will affect the final colour of the beer.

Bitterness depends on the type and amount of grain and hops used in the beer’s production. Usually, beer made with wheat is less bitter than beer made with barley. The duration of brewing and amount of hops further add to the bitterness. 

Density refers to the amount of dissolved sugars in the wort. High sugar content in the wort will result in higher alcoholic percentage in the beer.

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