Nov 24

Difference Between Malt Liquor and Beer

A lot of people find beer and malt liquor similar, barring their price tag. They are not completely wrong when they say malt liquor resembles beer, ’cause after all, malt liquor is a type of beer, especially a lager, and it is produced in a similar fashion, with a few different ingredients.

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage with 4% – 6% alcohol content. It is produced by saccharification of starch, derived from malted barley and wheat, and fermentation of the resulting sugar. Most beer is seasoned with hops to add bitterness, and acts as a natural preservative. Various other herbs or fruits may be added to create different flavors.

Malt liquor is a North American term referring to a type of beer, with a high alcohol content. The term is often used for describing an alcoholic drink that’s not less than 5% alcohol by volume and made with malted barley. These drinks tend to be mildly hopped, and so are not very bitter.

Malt Liquor Vs. Beer

Ingredients

– Malt Liquor
Malt liquor may be created from the same key ingredients as beer barley, hops, and water, but the recipe includes some additional, inexpensive ingredients such as corn, dextrose, and rice.
– Beer
The main ingredients of beer include barley, hops, Brewer’s yeast, and just plain water.

Taste

– Malt Liquor
When it comes to taste, malt liquor is known for its sweet taste, ’cause of sweetened flavors like corn and dextrose. It has a hint of spice, with a strong alcoholic flavor.
– Beer
Beer has a distinctive bitter taste owing to hops, and has a smoother flavor.

Alcohol Percentage

– Malt Liquor
Malt liquor’s alcohol content is higher than that of beer. It ranges between 6% to 8% by volume. It is considered to be a type of lager.
– Beer
The alcohol

Nov 23

Best Beer in the World

Agreed that you are totally dedicated to your booze, but do you care to know a little more about beer like when and how it was first made, how is it brewed and what are the most famous brands? Well, let’s discuss a few interesting things about beer before getting to the ratings.

Well, look how crazy beer fans could be! Jokes apart, it would not come as a surprise if I tell you that beer is, supposedly, the third most popular drink (after water and tea of course, and surprisingly beating coffee!!) and is being consumed since time immemorial. The invention of beer dates back to somewhere in the stone age and only guesses can be made regarding its actual invention. An interesting story which describes a short history of beer goes like this. Once upon a time, in a tribal land of hunters, some portion of wild grain was exposed to warm water. By the time the damage was noticed, the water had already fermented into a thick, dark liquid. A daring primitive sampled it, and surprisingly it tasted good. And this is how beer was invented…

Beer is an alcoholic drink, however, the alcohol content of beer is very less. It usually ranges between 4% to 7% alcohol and in rarest of the rare cases, goes up to 20%. Beer brewing at home was a job dedicated to women in the ancient and medieval times. It was a part of the daily routine of a homemaker, just as beer itself was a part of the daily diet. Beer is made using malted barley (wheat, maize, corn and rice are also used), flavoring is done with the help of hops, which also acts as preservatives, yeast and hot water along with an elaborate brewing process.

Beer Production and Fermentation

Here is a

Nov 20

How to Make a Yeast Starter

Yeast is an important ingredient in baking as well as making alcoholic beverages. In baked goods, yeast acts as a leavening agent that helps the bread or any other baked product to rise. It makes the baked products light, soft and fluffy. In alcoholic beverages, during the fermentation process, yeast converts the sugar into carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol. If you are keen to brew your own beer, then in addition to yeast and other necessary supplies, you will need a yeast starter. A yeast starter is required during the brewing process so that the fermentation of the beer starts as soon as possible. A yeast starter not only helps in starting the fermentation process but it also protects the beer from being contaminated. You need to make your yeast starter two to three days before you actually brew the beer. Here we will take you through the steps on making a yeast starter.

Making a Yeast Starter for Beer

Things required

– Glass jug
– Candy thermometer
– Rubber stopper
– Saucepan with a lid
– Yeast
– Dry malt extract
– Airlock
– Commercial Sanitizer

Procedure

Make the Unfermented Beer
The first thing that you need to do when brewing beer, is to make the unfermemted version of the beer. This is known as the “wort”. To make the wort, combine one part of the dry malt extract with two part water in a saucepan, and heat it. Bring this mixture to a boil and place a lid over the saucepan to avoid too much evaporation. Once the mixture has boiled for 5-6 minutes, remove it from the flame.

Cool the Unfermented Beer
Once the wort has come to a boil for over 5 minutes, remove the mixture from the

Nov 19

Do You Know What’s the Difference Between Porter and Stout Beer

The 18th century saw a new trend in the pubs of London, when a new ale was on the lips of many. It was named aptly after the workers who frequented these bars. After experimentation on the original porter recipe, a new ale was born. It was called ‘stout porter’ and later, just ‘stout’.

The word ‘stout’ was used to refer to a strong beer and not a dark one. The word ‘porter’ was used to refer to a brown beer made using roasted malts. Stronger beers began to be called stout porters. The terms ‘extra’, ‘double’, and ‘stout’ are used to indicate the different strengths of dark beers. Thus, stout refers to a stronger porter.

Stouts derive their rich dark color from the roasted malts/barley, yeast, water, and hops. Porter is made from malted barley, ale yeast, and hops. Simply put, one is a stronger version of the other. But this very fact implies a difference in their brewing process, ingredients, and flavor.

Porter vs Stout
– Porters are made from malted barley.
– Stouts use unmalted roasted barley.

– Porters are less full bodied and lighter.
– Stouts are full bodied and heavier.

– Porters are lighter than the stout.
– Stouts are creamier and stronger than porters.

– Many would describe porters to have a fruity, sweet, liquorice, roasted, chocolate taste.
– Stouts have a smoked, fruity, dry, bitter, liquorice taste and a roasted flavor.

– You will find porters in flavors such as coffee and berry fruit.
– Stouts are found in flavors such as, chocolate, coffee, and fruit.

– A stronger version of porter is known as the stout.
– A stronger version of a stout is known as the Imperial stout.

– Stout

Nov 19

History of Beer

history of a beerBeer is one of the most loved alcoholic beverages around the world, but not every beer drinker knows enough about its history. Beer has been around for centuries, so to accurately ascertain its exact date and manner of origin is not possible, but we can get a fair idea of the same by analyzing the different cultures that have brewed beer for centuries, and what this implies.

According to many experts, beer can be traced back to ancient African and Sumerian tribes, when they were in their prime, 6,000 years ago. The art of beer brewing can be even older than that, but the earliest indicators show that beer was prevalent at least 6,000 years ago. In fact, a Sumerian Goddess going by the name of Ninkasi was also referred to as the Goddess of brewing. The act of fermenting beer and brewing it is said to have occurred completely by accident when a piece of bread got wet and was then left to become a watery pulp.

The Hymn of Ninkasi was a popular prayer of the Sumerians, and in addition to being an offering to the Goddess, it is also said to possess the recipe for brewing beer as it was originally discovered. Even the ancient epic of Gilgamesh talks about how Enkidu, the primordial primitive man, was taught the art of drinking beer and eventually learned to brew it as well.

The Babylonians’ Role in Beer Making

When the Sumerian empire fell, the Babylonians became the masters of the land and the recipe for brewing beer was passed down to them. It is said that the Babylonians knew how to make 20

Nov 18

Sorghum Beer

In South Africa, as well as China, sorghum is used in the production of beverages and is considered a very important ingredient. In South Africa, it is used to make beer, whereas in China, it is used in the making of distilled beverages like kaoliang and maotai. It is used instead of barley grain in many places, to make a malt which is used in gluten free beer. Also, a large scale production of sorghum is not as expensive as that of barley.

Popularly known as bil-bil in Cameroon, burukutu in Nigeria, pombe in East Africa, and bjala bja setso in Northern Sotho, sorghum beer is a very popular beverage among health conscious drinkers. The early brands of this beer which were produced and marketed throughout the United States were: Redbridge, launched by Anheuser Busch in St. Louis, Missouri, and New Grist, launched by Lakefront Breweries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This beer normally has a cloudy, pinkish brown appearance, and a sour, fruity taste. It is low in carbohydrates and rich in protein. Its alcohol content generally varies between 1% and 8%. It can also be consumed at room temperature, and need not necessarily be chilled.

Recipe for Making this Beer

Malting, mashing, boiling, souring, and fermenting, are the general steps of the beer brewing process. The process of brewing sorghum beer is identical to that of traditional beer, with souring being the only additional step.

This beer can be prepared at home quite easily. The process takes a few days. It involves filling big cast iron pots with water and boiling it, adding the sorghum grains to them, and allowing the mixtures to ferment for a few days prior to being served.

Ingredients
– Sorghum ale (sorghum malt)
– Sorghum grain

Nov 16

Ideas for Storing Beer Properly

If you’re a beer lover, then you would definitely love to get beer in bulk and store it. However, before you buy beer in large quantities, you should know how to store it properly, to maintain its flavor and freshness. Whether you’re buying it for consumption in the near future or you intend to age it, follow these simple storage ideas, till you can keep yourself from opening it.

#1 – Store Beer in an Upright Position
Beer should always be kept upright, be it any beer, vintage, lambic, strong ale or imperial stout. There is a very simple reason for this, which is to ensure that yeast settles at the bottom of the bottle, if it forms a ring on the side, it will not mix with the drink. Also, when the cork touches the beer for a long time, it changes the taste of the beer. Lastly, when kept upright, it oxidizes less, and can be kept longer. This also applies for beer cans.

#2 – Keep it Cool
Keeping your beer at the right temperature is essential to maintain its taste. Heat spoils beer after some time, resulting in small floaty bits with a nasty smell and it is not recommended to freeze it as it spoils its carbonation, and ends up bland. The temperature at which beer should be kept depends on the type of beer. Beer should ideally be stored at 10°C-12.8°C, stronger beers should be stored at a slightly higher temperature, around 12.8°C-15.5°C. Lighter beers benefit from the temperature of the refrigerator, which is 7.2°C-10°C. If you intend to store your beer for a very long time, it is not advisable to keep it in the fridge, as the dehydrating environment impacts the cork.

#3 – Store it Away

Nov 15

Lowest Calorie Beers

For all its favor, beer garners a load of flak for being one of the highest alcoholic beverages in calorific value, but the typical low alcohol content in beer can mean several cans are downed without giving you much of a buzz, and the calories add up to crazy amounts in no time. So whether you’re looking for the lowest calorie beer with the highest alcohol content, or just want to test the waters for what options there are and different brands of beer available, the list that follows should give you all that, and more.

Macs Light
At just 40.6 calories in 12 ounces, Mac’s Light has minimal calories, but with alcohol content barely making it known at 1%, you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t just stick with water.

Budweiser Select 55
With 2.4% alcohol content, there are many who choose to give this one a miss, irrespective of its super low calorie count at just 55 calories a bottle. It does have the crisp cool taste that’s characteristic of Bud, but 2.4%? That’s more than just a bit of a dampener.

Miller’s Genuine Draft 64, MGD 64
Coming in close and with most reviews giving its taste and flavor a thumbs up for a light brew, MGD has 64 calories, and a tad more alcohol than its closest rival, at 2.8%.

Beck’s Premier Light
InBev’s light version has 64 calories a bottle, and gets a nod from most Beck’s loyalists, at reasonably close to the original in spite of the measly 2.3% alcohol. If you like Beck’s to begin with, this might be your best bet with its low calories, and the best tasting beer at that.

Pearl Light
From the Pabst Brewing Company (MillerCoors), comes this beer with

Nov 12

The Goblet of Beer – Different Types of Beer Glasses Around the Globe

You are hosting a party at your place and have invited your friends to join you for a drink. The beer cans are out, and you want to enjoy the drink. Why go for the regular beer cans when you can present your drink differently? Surprisingly, there are many glassware that are dedicated especially for beer. The best part of having any drink is to enjoy its texture, color, and aroma. However, they are hidden in the cans and bottles of beer that we purchase. Instead, get a beer mug, and enjoy your drink from it. When beer is poured in a glass, it forms a beer head (foam), which maintains the aroma of the drink. It is easier to appreciate things that we see, and beer glasses give you a chance to do so.

Interestingly, these glasses are also as old as the beer itself! The wooden tankards were the early glasses that were used in 1600s! Silver glassware was also used for drinking beer. If you don’t have the authentic glasses, you can even use the regular wine glasses, balloons, or Collins glass for your beer. But, why compromise with your drink? Get yourself the glass of your choice, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Maßkrug
The Maßkrug (Bavarian word), or Krug as it is popularly known as, is the dimpled beer mug. The “Maß” in Maßkrug refers to the 1 liter of beer in the glass. This glass is the staple of Oktoberfest. The wide mouth releases the aroma of the beer.
Used to Serve: American, English, and German lagers

Stangen
Stangen or the stick glass is a tall glass, which is used to serve delicate beers. This one looks like a Tom Collins glass. In German,

Nov 12

How to Brew Beer at Home

home beer brewing processWho doesn’t like beer? It cools you down during summer, warms you up during winter, puts a ‘spring’ in your step during spring, and helps you brood during autumn. It is the inspiration behind the drinking game and now, the beer bong is a compulsory companion for any sporting event. It works best at bringing friends, enemies, and strangers together. And as if any more advantages are needed to be listed, you can make it at home! You can have an endless supply with your personal and unique blend. The recipe may look long, but it’s actually simple and the end product is worth it. Here’s how to do it.

Things Required
– 3 gallon pot
– Siphon hose with clamp
– 5 gallon plastic or glass bucket with lid (also called carboys)
– Bottle filler
– 12 oz. bottles (avoid twist off bottles)
– Bottle capper
– Bottle caps
– Sanitizing solution, starsan or iodosphor

Ingredients
– 6 lb dry or pale malt extract
– 2.25 oz. hops
– 1 packet brewer’s yeast
– 2/3 cup priming sugar, corn sugar (preferred) or white sugar

All the above equipment and ingredients are available at brewing supply stores. You can also buy a brewing starter kit which has all the necessary stuff to brew beer. This recipe brews 5 gallons of beer.

Steps of Brewing

Sanitize: The first and most important step is cleaning all the equipment. Beer is highly sensitive to contamination from bacteria, so first use hot, soapy water and then a sanitizing solution to clean your equipment.

Brew: Pour 2-3 gallons of water into your pot and heat it. Once the

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