Brewing 101

Mashing

During the mash, crushed malt and hot water are mixed into a dough and allowed to rest at between 148-158F for a period of one hour. This stage is responsible for the conversion of malt starch into fermentable sugar. The resulting sweet water, or wort, is washed from the husk on its way to the kettle.

Boiling

The wort is then collected in the kettle and boiled for one and a half hours. Hops are added during the boil, for bitterness, flavor and aroma. Hops balance the sweet “malty” flavors in the wort. After the boil, the hopped wort is separated from the hops and chilled to 65F for fermentation.

Fermenting

Yeast is added to the wort in the fermenter. Over the next week (Ales) to two weeks (Lagers), the yeast converts the fermentable sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Following fermentation, the beer is chilled to 35F and transferred to the cellar for conditioning.

Conditioning

Conditioned beer has been lagered (stored) for one to three weeks before being carbonated and served. Properly conditioned beer simply tastes better.

Glossary

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Ales are made with "top-fermenting" strains of yeast which means that the yeast ferments at the top of the fermentation tank.

The obvious definition is bringing a liquid to a high enough temperature that it begins to evaporate. With regards to brewing, boiling causes isomerization (changing of the structure of molecules) of the alpha and beta bittering acids from hops which makes them water soluble. The longer hops are boiled (up to 75 minutes or so), the more isomerization occurs, and the more hop bitterness will be present in your beer.

Instead of being filtered and stored in pressurized kegs, cask-conditioned beer is kept in a cask with its yeast and is dispensed using a special hand pump called a beer engine. This method is popular in England. Cask conditioned beer only stays good for about 3 months, unlike bottle conditioned beer.


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