Behind the Brewery Curtain
Beer is one of the oldest and most popular beverages in the world. It has been around for centuries and is enjoyed by people of all ages. But what exactly goes into the production of beer?
The process of beer production begins with the malting of grains, such as barley, wheat, and rye. The grains are soaked in water and then allowed to germinate, which releases enzymes that convert the starches in the grain into sugars. The grains are then dried and roasted to give the beer its color and flavor.
Next, the grains are mashed, which is the process of combining the grains with hot water to extract the sugars. The resulting liquid, called wort, is then boiled and hops are added to give the beer its bitterness and aroma.
After the wort is cooled, yeast is added to begin the fermentation process. During fermentation, the yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. The beer is then aged for several weeks or months to allow the flavors to develop.
Finally, the beer is cold filtered and canned. The beer is then ready to be enjoyed!