Monday, April 25, 2005


Not blogger beer but real beer!

I can not believe it has taken me this long to blog on a topic near and dear to my heart.

I have not done so in a while but I am an occasional homebrewer. I have I want to say three batches of beer under my belt (literally)! The first two were brewed with liquid malt extracts (a real gooey substance that is mixed with water) and the last one was a whole grain brew.

The process is not too complicated (at least for extract beers). Pour the extract into a quantity of water, boil it for a while, add hops, cool it down, pour it into a fermentation vessel add yeast and let it go for about a week, siphon the brew into another vessel let it sit for a week to two weeks, mix in some more sugars to create carbonation, bottle it and let it sit for about another two weeks. Chill it and drink it.

Of course, sanitation and the logistics of it all adds factors of complication.

Our standard beer we buy in the store is a class of beer called a pilsner. It is light bodied and lightly hopped lager (not blogger). Don't let any Canadian or Aussie tell you their beer is so much more "beerly" than our beer. Their standard beers are the same as ours! I have had plenty of Aussie standard beer and plenty from Canada as well. They are all pilsners.

Of course not all beers are pilsners. Most people are at least aware of the stout beer, there are ales, there are bocks, there are porters, there are reds etc. There are many variety of beers and like wines each variety has a time and place.

The largest division of beers is the lager vs. ale beer. What's the difference? The yeast used to ferment the beer. Ale beers have more complicated tastes than lagers. Why? Because of byproducts from ale yeast fermentation called "esters". The esters give the ales hints of fruity flavors. This is why good wine testers talk of all sorts of fruits when tasting wine. Lager yeasts do not produce the same esters and lagers are usually fermented at cooler temperatures both contribute to a less complicated taste. Ales are easier to brew.

Next Blogger Beer Beer Blog I will talk about the grains used for brewing beer!

"Beer is Proof That God Loves Us and Wants Us To Be Happy!"
Benjamin Franklin