Home Brewing Recipes - Great Beer At Home

By Jason L. Freeman

The homebrewing of beverages has become an inevitable part of the lives of entire countries. This has a big effect on the economics of the given country and on the alcohol market. And of course beer is one of the most often homebrewed beverages. Unlike other alcohol containing beverages the beer doesn't need much special equipment and preparing. This is why a big part of the beer loves choose to brew it in they're homes. The pros of homebrewed beer is that the brewer can set the beer flavor depending on his taste, by adding different ingredients or just by changing the production method and fermentation conditions and time. Each beer style has unique characteristics like flavor, palate, aroma and many other. But we can say that palate is one of the most appreciated characteristics. Palate basically is the feeling which you feel when sipping the beer, how soft it is and how hard does it hit you.

However there are other important characteristics. For instance bitterness is determined by the amount of bitter ingredients added to the beer like hops or other herbs. The sweetness is determined by the sugar amount, the strength is determined by the amount of used fermented material and of course the appearance of the beer - Its color, matte, clarity and aroma which give the first impression about a beer to the customer.

Two of the most famous styles of beer producing are the Lager and Ale. However the ale is a beverage for more strict customers who only want high quality beer. Ale beer is produced with the use of high quality yeasts that ferment at higher temperatures than those of the lager beer. At higher temperatures the yeasts will release different aromas and flavors which will give the beer a unique taste, aroma, palate and color. However the ale is more expensive, the ingredients take more time to find and the process of the brewing is more complex.

While ale beer is considered for a more elite beverage the lager beer is one of the most commonly used and their origin comes from Central Europe. The lager beer begins fermentation at lower temperatures than the ale beer and then is stored at even lower. During the second stage of storing the beer clears and mellows. The cold temperatures stimulate the production of byproducts in the beer which lead to a softer and enjoyable taste in the end. Modern lager beer is highly carbonated and has a very light color and its alcohol content usually varies between three to six percent. However depending on the producer the alcohol level may be higher or lower. Various fruits and herbs can be added to the lager beer to change its color and taste allowing the producing of different lager styles.

Beer is one of the oldest beverages and most of its producers have old traditions in the brewing of the beer. Beers vary in many styles and new methods of production appear all the time, but however the traditional old styles of production and fermentation result in the best beer which has the best characteristics. Most of the beer styles differ on the time and temperature at which the yeast ferments, but also on the amount and quality of herbs and spices used to create the unique beer flavor, aroma and palate which every beer possesses.

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