A cold beer on a hot day is one of life's wonderful small pleasures. Although many bars and beer lovers refrigerate their kegs to extend the life of the beer and keep it pleasantly cool, it's important not to let the temperature get too low. At very low temperatures, the beer in a keg can wholly or partly freeze.
Wine and cheese are a traditional pairing, but recent years have seen an increased awareness of the possibilities of pairing beer and cheese. As with any other food, each type of cheese has different beers that best bring out its flavors. Smooth, buttery brie pairs well with a range of lighter, sharper beers.
Sausages and beer are a natural pairing in most people's minds, perhaps because we tend to associate both of them with German cuisine. German sausage and German beer aren't the only possible combination, however. Because there are so many different kinds of beer, each with its own flavors, it's possible to pair any type of sausage with a corresponding beer.
Given that the ale house predates Norman times in England, meaning that beer has been consumed since at least the 11th century, there is no historical basis for drinking ale chilled in any of its forms – bitter, porter or mild. However, neither is there any basis for the common misconception that English beer is served tepid and flat. Certainly, ale tends to be drawn from a pump rather than bottled, which precludes the frosted bottle many American beers are served in, but the drink is still consumed at a temperature most drinkers would find surprisingly refreshing.
Although English brewers had been making brown ales for the two centuries prior, the first beer that actually used the name was Manns Brown Ale, which appeared in the late 19th century, according to a September 2007 article in "Brew Your Own" magazine. Throughout the next 100 years it gained in popularity before arriving in America in the mid-1980s and taking off two decades later with the rise of the craft beer industry. When brown ale hopped the pond, however, it developed a slightly bitter flavor, a direct result of the different malts, hops and yeasts used in the two…
You brought home that warm six-pack of craft beer and stashed a couple in the freezer to chill quickly. Something got you off track, and you ended up with frozen beers. Providing the bottle or can hasn't expanded and exploded, you can save that beer if you're patient.
Brewed from barley, malt, yeast and hops, beer has a shelf life of four to six months out of refrigeration. The ingredients in beer benefit from cooler temperatures, quickly deteriorating when the temperatures rise above the ideal. If you value your beer, avoid disappointment by keeping it in the refrigerator when you are not drinking it. How long your beer keeps inside the refrigerator depends on a variety of factors, including type.
Milk stout doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste found in many stout beers, which makes it a versatile drink for pairing with desserts. Stout beer is a strong, dark brew. Milk stout, also known as sweet stout, contains lactose to sweeten the beer. This sweet twist helps the beer blend well with many desserts. However, like all beers, milk stout tastes different from label to label. Each brand is unique and sometimes you simply have to try the specific beer and dessert together to know if they mix well.
Pale ales are deep golden to amber in color and feature a strong, hoppy aroma and taste. Though there are a variety of beers that are considered pale ales they will commonly feature fruity, buttery, earthy and bitter flavors. The complexity of these beers makes them a good pairing with a variety of desserts. The malty, fruity flavors of pale ales tend to clash with chocolate so it is best to stay away from this type of dessert. However, they do pair deliciously with the flavors of caramel, cream, butterscotch and an array of fruit.
To create a two-toned cocktail, you certainly can float champagne on top of stout -- the different densities of the drinks cause the beer to fall to the bottom of the glass while the wine rises to the top. As you enter the world of layering, you'll find plenty of variations on this mix as well as other cocktails in which the bubbly rises to the occasion.
Beer and burgers are a classic, summertime backyard combination. But things get a little more complicated when you're serving lamb burgers instead of beef. Lamb burgers have their own unique flavor and it's best to serve a beer that complements the rich mineral qualities of the meat, as well as the seasoning on your burgers and their smoky, grilled flavor.
Choosing the right beer to go with a meal means taking into account how the beer's flavors will interact with those in the food. Some dishes go with only a limited number of beers. But fajitas can contain a wide variety of ingredients; as a result, a wide variety of different beers can complement this meal.
If you drink mostly commercial beer you may be used to a completely translucent brew without any particles or sediment. That can make your first bottle of homebrew a startling experience. Even the clearest home-brewed beer has a thin film of sediment on the bottom, while some naturally carbonated ales can be almost murky. While this substance is harmless to drink, it's not always visually appealing. You have several options to help reduce the amount of sediment before you bottle.
When beer connoisseurs call a beer "dry," they mean that it has little or no sweetness. Dry beers often combine this lack of sweetness with a clean absence of aftertaste. Since the 1980s, some beers have been marketed as "dry," but not all dry beers have the word on the label.
Beer is not the most intuitive beverage to pair with the creamy, ultra-rich pasta dish known as fettuccine Alfredo. After all, the dish is Italian in origin -- and the Italians are not known to be big beer drinkers. This doesn't mean, however, that with a little creativity, you can't find a great beer match for this dish. If you're a beer lover, you'll find a handful of rewarding pairings to try.
The flavors of lemon, garlic, mint and other herbs, the mineral tang of greens and the strong taste of lamb all contribute to Greek food's flavor profile. The islands of Greece are not particularly famous for their beers, but that doesn't mean you can't successfully pair Greek food with great beer -- it just takes a little creative thinking.
Beer marinated with oregano requires you to have access to a few key things, like blending oil. Learn about beer marinated with oregano with help from the executive chef at Siro's of Manhattan in this free video clip.
Roasted broccoli and cauliflower will really taste great when cooked with a cheese beer sauce. Prepare roasted broccoli and cauliflower with a cheese beer sauce with help from the executive chef at Siro's of Manhattan in this free video clip.
Chicken salad simply isn't complete without a nice glass of the right beer. Learn about the best beer to go with chicken salad with help from a professional sommelier, beverage director, and wine educator in this free video clip.
Choosing between glass and plastic fermenters for beer always requires you to take a closer look at a few key things. Learn about glass versus plastic fermenters for beer with help from a private caterer and baker in this free video clip.
Stopping beer foam is easy, so long as you know the right trick. Learn how to stop beer foam with help from a private caterer and baker in this free video clip.
One great way to cool down beer is through the careful use of your home freezer. Cool down beer in the freezer with help from a private caterer and baker in this free video clip.
Just because a beer can has been shaken up doesn't necessarily mean it's going to overflow. Find out how to keep a shaken beer can from overflowing with help from a private caterer and baker in this free video clip.
Only certain products should be used to clean your beer bottles before and after use. Find out what you can use as a cleaner for beer bottles with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Brewing homemade beer is a lot easier to pull off than you might be thinking. Find out how to brew your own perfect homemade beer with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Carbonating and bottling your own beer will take some getting used to, but ultimately you will find out just how straightforward it really is. Learn how to carbonate and bottle your beer with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Boil and no-boil beer making both have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages over the other. Learn about boil versus no-boil beer making with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Beer fermentation and temperature control are the two main keys to successful home beer brewing. Learn about beer fermentation and temperature control with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Gluten free beer brewing at home is not some impossible dream that you won't be able to realize. Learn about gluten free beer brewing at home with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Beer kegerators need to be cleaned in a very specific way to avoid contaminating your creation. Clean beer kegerators with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Brewing your own beer requires you to know how to use something called a heat exchanger. Learn about heat exchangers for beer brewing with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Brewing your own beer gives you the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of different flavors. Learn about beer brewing flavors with help from the owner of Annapolis Home Brew in this free video clip.
Beer lovers don't have to stick with pretzels, and chocolate lovers don't have to stick with wine. Why not enjoy beer and chocolate in one sitting? In order to find the combo that makes your taste buds sing, you might just have to bite the bullet and get to sampling.
Producing a tangy and bitter taste, hop seeds are one of the primary ingredients that give beer its distinctive flavor. Growing in cone-like clusters, the leaves must be stripped from the seed pods before the hops can be incorporated into the brewing process. When processing large volumes of hops, instead of harvesting the seeds traditionally by hand, building a hop harvesting machine will save hours of tedious work.
For home beer brewers, there is a frequent debate over the merits of aluminum and stainless steel brewing pots. The pot used to create your homemade beer can influence the quality of the finished product. Each material has both pros and cons that should be considered before deciding which pot will best fit your individual needs.
A keg is a cylindrical container used to store and serve liquids and beverages, primarily beer. It is usually made out of aluminum although steel and wooden kegs are also available at select places. Beer kegs are useful for parties, picnics and camping where beer needs to be served again and again. Beer kegs can be emptied and used as kettles for brewing and storage. With proper beer keg taps, you will be able to empty and refill the kegs easily time after time.
Football and beer. They go together like Montana to Rice, like chips and salsa. Whether you’re on the back porch in Tuscaloosa barbecuing chicken and ribs waiting for the Tide to roll their latest opponent or tailgating in the Detroit Lions' parking lot before kickoff, grilling sausages or just listening to a postgame report, the tag lines you hear, “cold-filtered’, ‘beachwood-aged’ and “only the best hops’ are as familiar as the "red zone" and "the 3-4 defense". So what are the X’s and O’s that breweries use to create your favorite beer? What is the basic game plan for these…
While some folks use the two terms, craft and microbrew, interchangeably, there remain some differences in connotations. The term microbrew beer came about in the 1980s and ’90s when small, regional breweries started brewing their own beer in competition (in flavor, at least) with the macrobreweries. Craft breweries came into being more recently, still small, still regional or local, but with an emphasis on brewing beer with traditional ingredients. So it turns out that differences between microbrew and craft exist, and the terms are not quite synonymous.
Opening a beer and wine bar in Los Angeles, California, can be a wise, money-making enterprise. The magnificence of Hollywood and the glamor of Beverly Hills lures people from all over the world to the city. Its large and thriving population can give your bar the success you desire. Alternatively, liquor licenses are often hard to come by--so start planning for all permissions early in the process to ensure your project stays on schedule. "It's the bar business and not the bar hobby," according to Scott Baird, a bar and cocktail consultant.
After purchasing a keg for consumption, you have to properly tap the keg and pump it in order to get the beer flowing. As a result, there are several different pumping techniques that vary depending on the type of party or function you are having. Some pump techniques promote speed over quality, while others focus on foam levels.
The prospect of making beer and wine at home is an attractive one for enthusiasts, for many reasons. For some hobbyists there is endless fascination in the process of beer and wine making, with all its unaccountable variables. Others want to eliminate the additives often present in commercial wines and beers. For still others, the motivation is frugality. Homemade beer and wine are inexpensive, once you've made the initial investment in buckets and other equipment.
In beer making, mashing is the process of breaking down starch into sugars. This is accomplished by mixing water and grain alcohol at a specific temperature. After the mashing process, the ingredients are boiled with hops to extract bitterness and flavor. This is done in a mash boiler, which is a pot or large insulated container that can be used on the stove top or alone. Mash boilers have taps at the bottom to easily dispense liquid into a cooler so that it can be chilled to room temperature and fermented to become beer.
Beer kegs are operated using a tap. The tap consists of a valve and coupler. The valve is the part of the tap is inserted into the keg. There are six types of beer keg taps. An S type tap, otherwise known as a European Sankey tap, is used for an S type keg. The S type tap is only used for certain European import beer kegs, such as Heineken, St. Pauli Girl and Amstel, though there are many more. Removing the tap valve from the S type keg can be accomplished with little difficulty.
As any brewmaster will tell you, brewing beer in the hotter months is almost impossible. The temperature at which you ferment the beer will directly affect the taste and alcohol content of the finished product. The solution for brewing in hot weather is to create a consistent, controlled temperature at which the beer can ferment. A programmable thermostat is just the tool to help. These thermostats are available for less than $100 dollars and plug directly into the wall.
Beer has been brewed for thousands of years, and for much of that time, it was brewed at home. Brewing at home can be an interesting hobby or just a way to make custom beer for yourself, but in either case, you need the right equipment. Investing in beer-making equipment involves an initial cash outlay, but the more beer you make, the sooner you will recoup equipment investment costs. One method of brewing is the “three barrel” gravity-assisted method.
Enthusiasts wanting control over the types and quantity of hops and malt in their beverages can produce their own homemade craft beers. Quality, hand-selected ingredients give personally produced ales and porters a unique and fresh taste. Once you've mastered making your beer at home, you need to let its drinkers know how fresh the ale is and mark it for storage. In case you're not around when the bottles come out of the fridge, you can convey the beer production date with a professional-looking label.
The key to pouring a perfect black and tan or one of the many variations is the black and tan spoon. Using the spoon allows you to slow your pour so that one beer can float on top of the other. You can create a black and tan spoon from any thin, flexible spoon you have lying around the house. Ensure that the handle of the spoon is long enough to reach halfway down a traditional pint glass when bent in half or you will waste a perfectly good spoon.
A craft distillery produces small batches of handcrafted, distilled spirits, equal to less than 50,000 proof gallons per year. Distillers must be approved for a permit by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as well as licensed by state liquor control agencies.
Hand-held faucets for dispensing keg beer to crowds are known in the beverage trade as "picnic faucets." In college communities, they are better known as "party hoses." These plastic, food-grade dispensers feature a lever-operated nozzle connected by a 3/16-inch vinyl beverage tube to a beer keg pressurized by CO2 gas, also known as a Cornelius or "Corny" tank. Beverage tubing is specially formulated to transfer acidic liquids like beer without adding odor or affecting the taste of the liquid. The beverage tube attaches to a ball lock quick-disconnect fixture, which in turn is attached to the "beverage out" poppet on…
Milwaukee Instruments manufactures various electrochemical devices for uses in the fields of aquaculture, hydroponics, and agriculture. The Milwaukee Instruments CO2 regulator is an instrument for regulating the carbonation of a liquid, usually used for kegs of beer. The CO2 regulator comes with a bubble counter, a solenoid valve, gauges for reading pounds per square inch, or psi, and a needle valve for getting precise CO2 readings. Hooking up the Milwaukee CO2 regulator takes a little elbow grease and concentration but is a relatively simple process.
When using compressed oxygen tanks as part of your homebrew dispenser, you gain many advantages; the beer can be dispensed directly out of the keg any time you like, you don't have to wash out any bottles, and you don't have to wait as long when brewing for the beer to carbonate in the bottles. The main disadvantage, however, is that you are not able to transport the beer without losing carbonation. To do this, you will need a counter-pressure bottle filler. There are many commercial fillers available, but you can make a simple filler out of easy to procure…
If you are hosting a party where you will be serving beer, you might wonder whether to purchase the beer in a keg or in bottles. When making this decision there are several things to consider. First, you must look into the types of beers available in kegs vs. bottles, the price differences between them, and how many people will be attending the party.
If you want to offer your friends a beer that stands out as your own, then give home brewing a shot. Home brewing has been a tradition for centuries; many of the popular beer brands today started out in the equivalent of "home brew" set ups in renaissance Europe. If you want to brew you own beer, you need to set up your own beer stand. Fortunately, with a few basic components, this can easily be accomplished.
Beer is arguably the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world and has been consumed for thousands of years. However, the advent of numerous choices has made the beer market an incredibly competitive one. In addition to the thousands of brands of lagers, ales and other brews from all across the world, there generally seems to be one major line of demarcation when it comes to taste, at least in the United States: domestic, or American, beer vs. imported, or the rest of the world.
The quickest and easiest way to drain the liquid from a keg is by twisting off its lid and pouring out its contents. The method is less time-consuming than pumping out the liquid by hand. It also can ready any keg promptly for cleaning, recycling, re-purposing or other uses.
Beer wasn't always poured into glass. Prior to the 20th century, clay and pewter drinking vessels were the norm, but when they went out of style, the glass pint tankard came in. Whether it is the imperial 20-oz pint glass or the American 16-oz pint glass, tankards of various shapes remain popular drinking vessels.
Boiling ingredients to extract the maximum flavor is an important step in beer making, but it is essential to cool the liquid, or wort, to room temperature before adding the brewing yeast. Allowing the wort to cool slowly risks tainting the flavor of the finished product and also may allow unwanted bacteria to multiply in the liquid. Counterflow chillers quickly cool hot wort by passing it through copper tubes that are surrounded by cold water. Ensure your finished beer has a delicious taste by thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the chiller before use.
Beer prices vary according to local tax laws, but if you are a regular beer drinker, the habit can be an expensive one. Perhaps you don't have access to good beer or you just want to try something a little different. These are both good reasons to brew your own beer, as is the fact that brewing beer can be a lot of fun.
A home brewer can spend a lot of money on a brew kettle, which is needed to make beer. But another option is to modify an old keg into a brew kettle. It takes a lot of time, work and the right tools, but it can be done with an old keg and parts from a home or builder's supply store. Conversion kits are even available with all the additional components, such as spigots and thermometers, for home brewer's that don't want to do the entire job from scratch.
Beer fridges, also called kegerators, allow beer connoisseurs access to fresh beer directly from home. By combining a small refrigerator and a tap handle system, these kegerators can easily accommodate multiple taps for multiple kegs, making it difficult to remember which handle pours which beer. Tap handles for specific beers can be purchased, but designing tap handle labels that can be affixed to current handles offers the inexpensive option of changing labels as you wish.
Microbreweries first became popular in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, when beer enthusiasts revived the traditional cask ales. The traditional brewing trend crossed the Atlantic to the United States, and in 2010, more than 1,500 craft breweries operated across the country, the most since the late 1800s. Microbreweries present an alternative to mass-produced beer.
A mini mash is a small batch of brewed malted grains used as a preparatory ingredient in beer production. A mini mash by itself doesn't produce a finished product, but serves as a way to steep the grains in small batches on the stovetop without using large-capacity equipment. A mini-mash is similar to a consomme in savory cooking --- ingredients are steeped in hot water to extract their flavor and sugar then refined through straining. In a mini mash, however, the ingredient used is malted grain and the resulting liquid is known as sweet wort.
Nothing makes a pizza or barbequed burger taste better than an ice cold bottle or can of beer. Unfortunately, some football fans and barbeque hosts are faced with the dilemma of a group of rowdy friends and warm beer. Satisfy their cravings for ice-cold brew quicker by chilling the beer in a matter of minutes inside your freezer. All that is required is a bucket, ice and rock salt, which speeds up the ice's ability to cool the liquid.
Beer aged in used oak bourbon barrels takes on the characteristics of the bourbon and the oak, resulting in flavor complexity and possibly a fantastic beer. Barrels used for bourbon are usually made of American white oak, as opposed to the French oak typically used for wine barrels. Although home brewers can find barrels as small as 5 or 10 gallons, the ones used by the bourbon industry are typically "Bordeaux" barrels that hold about 60 gallons. Finishing the barrel is important to give the proper quality of oak and bourbon to the beer.
Taste, aroma, mouthfeel and color are very important attributes in a good beer. Malts influence tastes, whether sweet or sour. They also add characteristics, while darker malts add toffee, chocolate and roasted aromas. Starch produces a heavier body typical of a malted beer. Adding different malts create distinctive colors. Malts fall into two broad types: standard malts and specialty malts. Biscuit malt is considered a specialty malt, along with its substitutes, victory malt, specialty roast malt and melanoidin malt.
Germans are great advocates of beer and they have specific styles of beer for all seasons. Maibock is a style of German beer consumed in the spring, hence the word "Mai" meaning the month of May. Maibock is traditionally a beer from Bavaria, located in north Germany. The hops are harvested in the fall and the beer brews during the winter months and is ready to drink when spring arrives.
Most home beer makers, at some point during their development as brewers, will want to craft a beer with distinct orange flavoring. Actual orange slices are too acidic to be used in the brewing or fermenting process. Orange peel can be used to give your home brew an orange flavor and aroma, however, without any of the negative side effects of actually using orange slices. Belgian wit beers are among the most common types of beers with orange flavoring.
Consuming a cold beer in a chilled mug can be quite satisfying on a hot summer day. While some beer experts may argue that colder temperatures inhibit the aroma and flavor of beer, drinking from an ice-cold mug is refreshing. No special equipment or fancy barware is needed to chill a mug. You can chill glasses at home in your freezer or refrigerator, or by using soda water and ice.
A Cornelius (Corny) keg is a cylindrical container that was initially used to dispense soft drinks. These days it's cheaper for soft drink manufacturers to sell their fountain drink mix in bags so the Corny keg is now mostly used to dispense beer. It is particularly popular with the home or amateur beer brewer. When you first get a Corny keg it is a good idea to open it up and clean it. This is done via the port at the top of the keg.
Tapping a party keg properly can make the difference between foamy and tasty beer. Liquor stores that sell kegs supply customers with taps that fit into the opening of kegs, and pressurizing carbon dioxide to create carbonated instead of flat beer. The taps include a faucet and lever that release beer. Tap a party keg with gentle pressure and turning techniques for cold, frosty drafts.
Draft beer, also known as draught beer outside of the United States, is beer that is contained in a pressurized keg or cask. In bars, glasses are filled with draft beer from a tap that is connected via pipes or tubes to the keg, often located beneath the bar. This storage method helps preserve the beer's flavor, but also makes it prone to foaming when served. There are a few different causes of foam, but fortunately all have solutions.
Beer has a very long and storied history. Despite the fact that all types of beer are made primarily from the same four basic ingredients (water, malted grain, hops and yeast), many different subcategories of beer have evolved over the years. The differences between these subcategories, such as lagers and bocks, can be quite confusing for a novice beer enthusiast.
Filtering the yeast out of your beer is a wise way to add crystal clear shine to your beverage. Non-metabolized yeast proteins that are not broken down will give beer a foggy or hazy look, according to Home Brew Digest. Filtering yeast is a straight-forward process beginning with kegs and a standard beer dispensing system. Hook up the system with a couple of hoses and a filtration cartridge, and you are on your way to a beautiful beer.
While wine tasting has been a popular pastime for years, many people might be surprised to learn that there is a well-established beer-tasting community with established criteria using four of the five senses. These criteria include appearance, smell, taste and mouth feel and can be useful to avid beer connoisseurs as well as the casual beer drinker trying to evaluate different options.
Beer is full of carbon dioxide that foams up when the liquid is shaken or poured incorrectly. It can create a head that is too foamy whether being poured from a tap or a bottle. Too much head on a beer robs the drink of the carbonation that is an important part of the beer's flavor. It is also an annoyance since it makes the beer difficult to sip. Tame the escape of carbon dioxide and the unruly creation of too much foam by using the proper technique for pouring beer into a glass.
A mash tun is used in homebrewing to separate fermentable extract (wort) from a mixture of grain and heated water (mash). Similar to allowing tea to steep, mashing allows enzymes to modify the hot mash. Once mashing is finished, the wort must be filtered out for fermentation. Copper is the preferred metal in brewing, so making a mash tun filter out of copper tubing will make you the envy of your homebrewing community.
From the beginning of the process to the end, a clean brewery produces a more delicious beer and prevents it from going bad. From bacteria to dirt, any kind of contamination during the process can ruin an entire batch of beer. Due to this, cleaning and sanitizing everything is incredibly important, whether in a small home brew environment or a large-scale operation.
Whether you're looking for the perfect drink to celebrate with on Saint Patrick's Day or just something to sip as you wind down at the end of a long day, a black and tan is an easy-to-make drink that's full of Irish spirit. While they can be made with any stout and ale, a black and tan made with Guinness and Smithwick's, both Irish drinks, is especially true to the drink's Irish heritage.
The head of a beer is the frothy top layer that appears as you pour it. Home beer brewers strive to enhance the head of their beers to improve the beer-drinking experience. The qualities sought in a beer's head include velvety foam, creamy textures and long-lasting froth. The head often depends on carbonation and often natural fermentation produces all of the carbon dioxide gas needed for a beer's head. Home brewers can also add heading powder to increase foam and counteract the negative impacts on head from malt extracts.
Beer keg tapping systems work by maintaining constant, controlled pressure inside the keg via carbon dioxide or nitrogen. The same pressure also dispenses the beer when a valve on the tap opens -- similar to a garden hose in principle. Hooking up a beer keg is a straight forward procedure that involves connecting the beer line to the beer-line intake valve located on top of the keg. Only hook up chilled beer kegs (below 38 degrees Fahrenheit) -- beer begins releasing carbon dioxide at temperatures above 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and bacterial growth begins at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Adjuncts is a term used by brewers to designate grains or other ingredients added to beer above and beyond the malted grain that is its main ingredient. Some adjuncts play a positive role in well-crafted beers by enhancing the flavor or mouthfeel, others simply speed fermentation in mass-market beers by providing additional fuel for the yeasts. Sugary adjuncts are added when grains are boiled to make the initial mash; starchy adjuncts are added to the mash itself where the enzymes and yeasts will ferment them.
Making your own home brew can give you the best-tasting beer you have ever tried. You can experiment with different recipes or you can buy read-to-brew kits online. Bottling your own home brew is a chore, however, and glass bottles sometimes break. Using a keg dispenser will provide you with more consistent results and will allow you to control the degree of carbonation.
Porter beers are found at bars and restaurants and in the beer cooler of most liquor stores throughout the country. They are popular beers for winter months and can be used in recipes such as those for brownies or gravy. Porter beer is not originally from the U.S., but in recent years, small breweries, called craft breweries, have created a surge of porters in the country. The ever-popular dark beer Guinness is a stout, which is directly related to a porter, but with its own unique flavor.
Use a four spout bottle filler to fill four glass bottles with home brewed wine or beer at a time. A four spout bottle filler is equipped with volume sensing spouts that stop pouring wine once they are triggered. By filling the bottles first with intert gas and then filling them with the correct height or volume of liquid, you can ensure there is minimum oxidation to your beverage.
Sanke kegs of various sizes can be converted into boilers with a bit of practice. They are usually inexpensive and easy to find used from many commercial breweries. Some homebrew stores convert the kegs for you, but it can be accomplished at home with the proper tools. To do this properly, you need to know how to use a plasma cutter and welder.
Agar, also known as wurt, is the sticky substance made from malt extract that is added to water and yeast to ferment into beer. You can make agar using 3-percent malt extract that is purchased at the grocery store. This agar will give your homemade beer a distinct malt taste.
With approximately 1,000 residents and railroad service that provides transportation to the nearby communities of Kewanee and Galesburg, Annawan, Illinois also boasts a vibrant bar and restaurant scene sure to please families looking for a place to enjoy a night out and adults who want to unwind after a long day at work.
Today, the majority of kegs supplied to bars are made from lightweight corrosion-resistant alloys. The reason is purely for hygiene and due to the ability to reuse these types of kegs. Old-fashioned wooden kegs are still used to store wine and spirits, but there are very few beer brewers still selling oak kegs. The basic technique remains identical for tapping wooden and metal kegs.
Isinglass is a form of gelatin that's seldom seen on supermarket shelves. It is derived from the air bladders, or sounds, of various commercially-harvested species of fish. It can be used in the same ways as other forms of gelatin, but in practice its primary use is as a fining, or clarifying agent in beer making. The natural sediment in beer will settle out over time, but isinglass speeds the process and makes an attractively clear brew. There are several alternatives to isinglass, added to the boiling wort or in the fermenter before bottling.
A keg is a cylindrical container used to store, transport and serve beer. Traditionally, the term "keg" referred to a small barrel used to transport gunpowder and nails. Today it is used mostly in reference to beer containers that are made out of steel, aluminum or wood. Although kegs are used primarily for beer, they can also be used to store and transport non-alcoholic, carbonated or non-carbonated drinks. The liquids inside a keg are usually kept under pressure. Five-liter mini kegs are smaller, reusable beer kegs made and sold for retail by beer companies.
Alcohol is one of the most widely consumed substances in the world. It is a depressant, causing the functions of the body to slow down. The chemical compound of alcohol is toxic to the body. It causes a protein called albumin found in the protoplasm to separate, which causes the protoplasm to coagulate. This destroys the cell. Of all the organs, it affects the liver, the pancreas, the heart and the brain the most.
Enjoy the special taste of home-brewed, Belgium-style beer with the addition of a souring bacteria to your brew. Although sour beers have been available for centuries, their flavor and character are not to everybody's taste. Recently, they have seen a surge in popularity as many professional chefs include them in their menus because they can enhance the flavor of the dishes they produce. Impress your friends with your own sour beer with the simple addition of a preparation that is easy to use and gives great results.
For most beer drinkers, "I'll have a Guinness" has come to mean a Guinness Draught, that magical dark ale with the creamy head. However, the Guinness Brewery at St. James's Gate, Dublin, is famous for several other stouts, notably Guinness Extra and Guinness Foreign Extra. These are primarily distinguished by their ABV (Alcohol by Volume) content, but also by their individual flavors and their packaging process, which includes either nitrogen or carbon dioxide.
Foreigners, even English-speaking ones, risk offending the locals for failing to follow the simple etiquette expected in a British pub. Remember that, in general, British people are more reluctant than Americans to make eye contact or initiate conversations, so it's always best to maintain a sense of decorum and discretion when visiting a British pub.
A motorized beer cooler is a container that keeps beer cold and also has wheels and a motor. Cruzin Cooler is one of the most popular motorized beer cooler brands. Even though a motorized beer cooler already doubles as a method of transportation and a source of beer, you can put it to even more uses.
Beer is one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages. "The Hymn to Ninkasi," an early Sumerian text from 19th century BC, makes reference to its production, while throughout history, many other world civilizations, such as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, have left evidence of its consumption. Little in the process has fundamentally changed since its development though, and most of today's key ingredients would be recognizable to these ancient civilizations.
Kegs are widely used in bars and parties as a way of storing a large volume of beer and keeping it fresh. Kegs are pressurized and use gas pressure (carbon dioxide) to propel beer from within the keg into a glass or pitcher. The coupler is the device used to "tap" the keg and facilitate the flow of beer through the beer line to the spigot. It's important to keep the pressure adjusted in order to ensure the proper functioning of the keg.
Hops are responsible for giving beer its bitter flavor. Hops are grown around the world, particularly in Germany, the UK and the United States, as well as in Poland. Polish hops generally have a fruity, berry-like aroma that is reminiscent of liquorice, with a hint of spice and a woody flavor. The fertile soil and climate yield highly aromatic hop varieties.
Since becoming a popular indulgence in the mid 19th century, cigars have been traditionally paired with sipping cognacs and whiskeys. However, boutique micro-brewery beers, with their wide array of robust flavors, have sparked the concept of pairing beer with cigars. To successfully pair a beer with a cigar, you must match the power of the beer's hop and malty characteristics with the intensity of the cigar's spice and sweetness. Light beers with small, mild cigars; heavy beers with medium to full-bodied cigars.
When home brewing, there are generally two ways to carbonate beer. One method is called priming and involves adding sugar and/or yeast to the bottle or keg. The yeast will consume the sugar and produce carbon dioxide, thus carbonating the beer. The other method is "force carbonation" using pressurized carbon dioxide. With a given amount of carbon dioxide pressure in the beer vessel, the gas will dissolve in the beer and carbonate it. Force carbonation can be accomplished easily at home with small kegs and a bottle of compressed carbon dioxide.