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What is Beer?

What is beer?

Beer is an alcoholic beverage made from water, grain malts (such as barley, wheat and oats), hops and yeast. Different types of these ingredients will create different styles and flavors of beer.

Water is the most important ingredient that makes beer possible. Brewers use water that is pure and clean, as well as filtered to remove impurities. This is to keep the taste of the beer fresh and crisp.

Grain and Malt:

The most common type of grain used for brewing is barley, but other grains such as wheat and oats can be used. However, barley and wheat require a special process to make them suitable for brewing beer called malting.

Yeast:

There are over 1,500 different kinds of yeast that can be used to make beer. Yeast converts fermentable sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide, which give the beer its unique flavour.

Ale:

This is the most popular and widely consumed style of beer, typically brewed from barley using a strain of yeast that ferments at temperatures close to room temperature. The result is a sweet, full-bodied, and fruity drink.

Lager:

This beer uses a more neutral strain of yeast that ferments at lower temperatures. This allows the beer’s malt and hop character to dominate.

Adding hops to the brew adds bitterness, helps preserve the beer and imparts a bitter herbal flavour. It is this bitterness that balances the sweetness of the malt, giving the beer its unique flavour.

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