Ever passed by a brewery house and wondered what a brewer follows to serve a fine beer? The beer brewing process is a combination of science and art. It is a long, labour-intensive process and requires a lot of passion, patience, and quality brewing products to achieve the final product. In the mood to learn the steps? We discuss the beer brewing process below.
Brewing begins with malting.
The beer brewing process starts with the malting, where the grain barley gets prepared to use. The malting mainly breaks down into three functions to release the starches from the barley:
1. In the steeping step, the grain gets mixed into a vat with water, and the mixture is left to soak the water for 40 hours.
2. Then, with the germination process, the grain is spread out on the floor and left in the same way for five constructive days.
3. Finally, the malt undergoes a high-temperature dry process in a kiln.
Mashing converts the starch released by the grain during malting into liquid sugar- getting ready for fermentation. First, the malt starch is passed into the Mash Tun to steep in hot water. Next, the grain is mixed with water and left to create a cereal mash in the host vessel. Finally, the enzyme in the malt reduces the starch and releases the sugar.
Boiling and adding hop
After the mashing process, the beer goes through the boiling process. It is the third step where the beer wort is boiled into the copper or brew kettle and added to the hop to bring bitterness into the flavour. The mixture then boils for one hour and adds more hops to provide the aroma. The liquid mixture was then left to cool down.
When the wort cools down, it is time to transfer it into the fermentation vessel- where they add yeast. The magical beauty of beer brew starts here. The yeast eats down the sugar and produces carbon dioxide and alcohol in the beer brew.
Once the beer is chilled and allowed to settle, filter it with brew fining to stabilise the beer flavour, reaching a point where it gets accepted by the brewer. It also prevents further development from yeast which can release unfavourable substances and affect the actual beer flavour.
After primarily filtering, the beer gets conditioned, matured, and aged several ways using quality brewing products. The conditioning process can last several weeks, months, or even a year to finish depending on the brewer’s preference. In conditioning, it’s necessary to maintain the temperature consistency to keep the equality accurate.
The brewing process gets wrapped up here. The appeal of the beer depends on how well it is presented. Then, from the conditioning tank, the beer directly goes to the bottling process. At this stage, the beer says final goodbye to the brewer and heads for the pub to give you a party vibe or a refreshing experience.
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