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How to make beer
Making beer is just like cooking. Each recipe requires di erent ingredients and techniques. Beer is made from four basic ingredients:

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Oldest type of beer Uses top fermenting yeast, which floats on surface for first few days then settles to bottom 60-75ºF (Temperatures above 75ºF produce secondary flavours and aromas, usually fruity) A few weeks at 40-55ºF Sweet and fruity taste Usually higher

Beer sub-types
Amber Reddishbrown; ranges from pale to dark with hints of caramel Amber ale with a dry, sharp flavour produced from hops Dark brown; nutty and malty with flavour ranging from dry to sweet Dark brown; strong ale with roasty malt flavours

Bitter

best — if your tap water doesn’t taste good neither will your beer. Don’t use distilled water as it has been depleted of oxygen.

Water Filtered water is Malt is dried barley

lager, ale or specialty.
Specialty beers are either ales, lagers, or a hybrid of the two.

Beer can be categorized as a

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Brown ale Burton

grain that has been carefully soaked in water until it sprouts. It is then mashed, which extracts sugars and starches from the grain. Advanced homebrewers can do this at home, but if you’re new at it look for a product called malt extract. flowers that look similar to pine cones. Malt causes beer to be really sweet, so hops are used to balance it out with bitterness. It also adds a distinctive aroma to the finished brew. organism that feeds o the sugars in malt, which it converts to alcohol and carbon dioxide (fermentation). Look for specially cultured beer yeast, usually called brewer’s yeast.

Developed Fermenting style Fermenting temperature Aging Taste Alcohol content

In Germany Bottom fermenting yeast that tends to be more aggressive (leaves less sugars) 46–55ºF

Hefeweizen Frothy wheat beer;

light in body, flavour and alcohol content

Hops are green

A few months at 32-45ºF Crisp, dry taste Usually less than ales

Yeast is a living

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Low

Typical alcohol

Examples:

A beer’s shelf life is about three months

Examples:
Best se rved cold

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Low

Typical hoppy alcohol Malt liquor Pale, malty lager;
over 5% alcohol

India Pale Ale Pale and profusely

Dry in flavour; contains high-quality malt and high levels of hops Very pale ale; dry, hoppy flavour and aroma brown; full-bodied and bittersweet or chocolately in flavour

Pale ale Pilsner

4.02% Porter Dark
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The strongest beer ever created in terms of alcohol by volume is the lager Schorschbrau Schorschbock 57% Finis Coronat Opus with a whopping

57.7%

The process
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Malt, hops, and water are boiled into a mixture called wort (pronounced wert).

ALE
The wort is poured into a fermenter and allowed to cool.

Beer quality is a ected by both temperature and light

Stout Dark brown;
rich, slightly burnt taste; sometimes made with caramel sugar and high levels of hops

Laying beer bottles on their side can create a yeast ring that won’t settle

LAGER
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Wheat beer with Pale colour; made
wheat malt; mediumbodied texture and slightly tart

Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available beer in the world

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Yeast is pitched into the fermenter and sealed.

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Usually in 7 to 10 days the yeast will have eaten all the sugar it can and fall to the bottom of the fermenter.

Beer is bottled and set aside for a couple of weeks to mature and carbonate.

Sources: beertutor.com; Indiana University; thebeerstore.ca; 2basnob.com; drinkingbeer.net; beer.about.com; typesofbeer.biz; Wikipedia

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY

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