It’s Wednesday, hump day as some would say. A fine time to to talk about beer, not wine. No need to rhyme. I enjoy beer, but I don’t know how it is made. I have friends that brew, but knowledge I did not gain.
Just fermentation and hops, right? Who knows! I’ll do just enough research to justify referencing my favorite Seattle-area brew, Mac & Jacks.
Background: Beer has been around for thousands of years.
Basic ingrediants: water, fermentable starch (e.g. malted barley), brewer’s yeast, flavoring (e.g. hops)
Basic process: There are a lot of great diagrams out there, and the basic steps all seem to be about the same. However, not all of them had a cow, so here you go.
- Milling: grinding the grain
- Mashing: add water and stir
- Lautering: separate the grains from the sugar water (wort), feed spent grains to your pet cow, Lucy
- In the past, beer has prevented illness when used as a substitute for drinking water because it is sterlized during the brewing process. There is a great book called The Ghost Map that touches on it, while telling an interesting story of cholera in 1800′s London.
- Coors Light unseated Budweiser for the No. 2 top selling beer in the U.S. in 2011. Bud Light still reigns surpreme as No. 1. Article here.