The Ultimate Guide To Beer & Brewing

Beer Basics: History, Terms, Brewing Process, ABV, Color etc.

Alcohol Content (ABV & ABW)

Beer Types & Styles

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Ale Styles

Brewing an ale requires a yeast species named Saccharomyces cerevisiae, commonly called “top fermenting” because as the yeast eats up malt-derived sugars, it rises to the top of the vessel in a layer of foam.

North American Origin Ale Styles

Lager Styles

Lager is bottom fermenting, and uses Saccharomyces pastorianus yeast that thrives at lower temperatures than ale. It’s a slower and calmer process, so lager yeast sinks to the bottom of the vessel.

All Origin Hybrid/Mixed Lagers or Ales

Hybrid/Mixed Styles

Hybrid beers cross over ale and lager style guidelines. A beer fermented at cold temperatures, using an ale yeast, is an example of a hybrid; likewise for a beer that’s warm fermented, using lager yeast.

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Ciders

Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented juice—typically apples—made like a wine but served (mostly) like a beer. Pears that are used in this manner produce a cider better known as perry.

Mead

Meads

Mead, also called metheglin, is an alcoholic beverage fermented from honey, water, and sometimes yeast is added to accelerate the fermentation. Mead can be light or rich, sweet or dry, or even sparkling.

Main Beer Ingredients

Water, malt, hops, and yeast are the four main ingredients required to call a beer a beer. The German Purity Law (also known as the Reinheitsgebot) of 1516 stated that beer could only be made from these ingredients, and today many brewers still adhere to these guidelines. Water – Like most beverages around the world, beer mainly consists of water. Most brewers use high-quality water to craft their brews. The chemical make-up of the treated water (i.e. salt level, pH, minerals, etc.) can slightly affect the way your beer tastes. Yeast – There are two main types of beer yeast: top-fermenting yeast and bottom-fermenting yeast. When added to the brew, the yeast converts fermentable sugars into alcohol through a metabolic process called fermentation. Barley – The use of malted barley or other starch sources gives your beer the necessary fermentable material needed to make your beer. The yeast interacts with these sugars or carbohydrates during fermentation to produce alcohol. Hops – While the hops themselves don’t help during the fermentation process, they do contribute a great deal to the flavor profile (citrus, floral, herbal) and can act as a natural preservative.

Main Ingredients

Additional Ingredients

Additives

Adjuncts

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Fruits

Grapes

Herbs

Honey

Mushrooms

Nuts & Seeds

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Mace

Sugars

Teas

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