Questions tagged [brewing]

Questions on the act of making beer.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
10
votes
3answers
3k views

How can absinthe be colored into a different colour other than green?

Some days ago I was walking on the street and passed by a beverage store where I saw some bottles of absinthe. There were green, red and blue versions, and I thought how could absinthe, a classically ...
17
votes
7answers
22k views

How can a beer be flavored?

I've heard of beers such as our local brand in the Philippines and this one, and though I haven't sampled them yet, I am quite curious: how do you add flavor to beer? I've drank a few style of beers ...
8
votes
6answers
38k views

What are the differences between mead and beer? Where can I try one in the US?

From my understanding, mead is primarily made from honey and may or may not have hops added. Is mead considered a style of beer, or more of a wine, or a completely separate kind of beverage? Are they ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

I often make wine from kits. I'm a bit bored with the flavour and would love it to taste smoky and oaky. How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?
4
votes
2answers
123 views

What does Single Turn, Double Turn and Triple Turn mean in brewing?

I was going through a brochure in brewing and it mentioned Single Turn, Double Turn and Triple turn brewing. However, it did not mention what those mean. I would really appreciate if anyone with ...
16
votes
7answers
73k views

What is the highest alcohol content achievable through brewing?

What is the highest level of alcohol you can achieve when brewing beer naturally, without adding alcohol? I know that many strong, popular beers (~10% alcohol) are simply mixed with alcohol, but what ...
8
votes
1answer
156 views

Japanese beers historic evolution

I read yet this on Wikipedia and some small articles. The articles didn't satisfy my curiosity. My question is: What is the history of brewing in Japan? Please, take in mind following sub-...
7
votes
1answer
174 views
0
votes
1answer
57 views

Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

I want to brew beer and I wonder which temperature I should ferment it at? I want to brew ales like IPA and Pale Ale. What difference does different fermentation temperatures have on the beer? Are ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Can wine be made from raisins?

What wine is made from raisins not grapes? What would be different in nutrients in wine made raisins vs grapes? How would the process differ?
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held in a POW camp?

Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held prisoner by belligerent forces in a POW camp? While watching the classic movie The Great Escape (1963), I ...
2
votes
1answer
96 views

Can all sugars be used for brewing?

While we generally focus on glucose, sucrose, and fructose for brewing, there are a lot of sugars out there. Can all of these be used in the brewing process, particularly for beer? What are the ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

How to homebrew legally in South Africa?

I enjoy brewing and the challenges involved. I am self taught and rather good with my sweet beers. I am South-African and want to know how to go legal and if it is worth the costs and challenges ...
4
votes
3answers
87 views

How to recover a carboy of cider?

I'm one of those people who puts nearly all my energy into things other than brewing. And yet I still do it a little. That's why I have a carboy of cider that is 18 months old in my basement. I don'...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

The quality of beer from one gallon brewing equipment versus more robust equipment

I'm becoming more interested in brewing my own beer and due to space considerations am thinking a 1-gallon size may be my ideal choice of setup. The question is: In what ways does brewing with 1 ...
1
vote
1answer
160 views

Why did my cherry juice turn directly into vinegar while never being wine?

These canned, additive-free cherries are packed in their own juice, watered down. I previously left this juice in a plastic water bottle while drinking it, for only three days, and it became ...
39
votes
6answers
38k views

What is the difference between an ale and a lager?

Apart from coming out of different taps, some ales seem very similar to lagers (although there are clearly a much greater variety of ales). Is there a difference in the way they are made?
8
votes
2answers
863 views

What factors affect the carbonation level of beer?

Beer varies widely, and one of the most noticeable differences when drinking is the carbonation level. What factors in the composition, brewing process, storage, etc affect the final level of ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How hard is to brew beer in a hot climate?

I would like to start this hobby however I don't know how hard is to do it in a semi desert climate. Should I have a place with cool temperature to avoid spoiling the brew?
4
votes
1answer
72 views

Recommendations for learning how to brew beer in London?

As a beer lover I've enjoyed thousands of great beers over the years. In doing so I've learned a fair amount about the differences in types of beer and how they're brewed, but I'd like to take the ...
11
votes
6answers
1k views

Should English/English-style beers be served warmer, since that is how the taste was developed?

Given that the British tend to drink their beer at a higher temperature than those of us in the US, should beer brewed in an English style be consumed that way? The justification I can think of is: ...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

Why doesn't bottled beer taste as good as draught beer?

Bottled beer is significantly different than the same label beer available on tap. How does bottled beer differ from draught beer? What is done to the bottled beer in order to prolong its shelf life ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

Cling labels for beer bottles

Thinking of brewing my own beer and am interested in making some reusable labels using cling stickers - the kind you see for auto window stickers. Has anyone used cling labels and do they stay ...
13
votes
6answers
4k views

What gives a “smoky” beer a smoked flavor?

I recently started getting interested in smoked beers. Quite a few years back, Shiner had a seasonal called Smokehouse. I didn't care for it. However, I've recently been intrigued by varieties of ...
10
votes
8answers
592 views

“Pumpkin” beers made with actual pumpkin?

It's about that time of year again, when pumpkin flavored beer (and everything else) starts making its way onto store shelves. I was wondering, what pumpkin flavored beers are out there, if any, are ...
15
votes
6answers
17k views

Is Oyster Stout really made using oysters?

One of my favorite stouts is Oesterstout by the Schelde Brewery. The website states: During the brewing process, the wort of the beer is pumped across the oyster shells. Is this what gives it it'...
19
votes
4answers
9k views

Are some beers brewed with meat?

I've heard this urban legend that when Guinness changed their brewing equipment at some point, people started to complain that the beer tasted worse. According to the legend, it turned out that before ...
25
votes
7answers
6k views

What is the strongest beer?

I've always wondered what the strongest beer in the world is and how would taste. Are there reliable historical records of a very strong beer? What would be the highest % alcohol that's Brewable for ...
7
votes
2answers
254 views

What makes sour beers sour?

I like sour beers and am curious what makes them sour. What's the process that results in the range of sourness?
6
votes
5answers
501 views

Why do people brew their own beer?

I am living in Germany and know at least 2 people that do it. But why would you take the risk if you could just buy very good beer at your local stores?
15
votes
2answers
5k views

What is being doubled or tripled in a doublebock/triple bock?

Some beers are classed as "doublebock" and some as "triple bock". Doubles seem to be a little stronger (higher APV) than average and triples seem to be stronger than that, but is that they definition ...
5
votes
2answers
821 views

What is a comparable beer to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier?

I am trying to think of what US brewed beer tastes most similar to a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier...
9
votes
2answers
634 views

Sour Beer (Gose, Wild Ales, Lambics)

What exactly is involved in the brewing process that turns a beer 'sour'? Is it the addition of certain lactic acids or yeasts? I've been told before that, technically, a sour beer is a the result of ...
6
votes
2answers
174 views

What do you obtain by concentrating/distilling beer?

Most of lighter alcohols can be distilled or concentrated to obtain strong liquors. Wine can be distilled into cognac or brandy, apple cider is concentrated into applejack, Sake distilled into Imo—...
2
votes
0answers
61 views

Sanitation Options (Hard Liquor) [closed]

The first time I made a batch of beer, the guy said that you could use wine sanitize to clean the bottles (you can't - beer sanitizer kills more stuff than wine sanitizer). My resulting beer was soapy-...
7
votes
1answer
3k views

What does “bottom fermented” mean?

During a conversation a friend of mine mentioned something about Bottom fermentation and I did not fully understand what this was. I understand when something is fermented, but what is the difference ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

How can one pasteurize beer at home? [closed]

Pasteurizing is a common task at industrial brewers. But in a home brewing context following questions arises: Is it feasible to pasteurize in the kitchen? Which equipment is necessary to do it? What ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the difference between historical beer and 'modern' beer?

This question might be a bit broad, but what I'm trying to understand is generally how the brewing process and the subsequent end result differed before the early-modern to modern era. I had asked a ...
6
votes
3answers
332 views

Is the german “Warsteiner” a Pilsner?

I've heard lately, that the german beer Warsteiner does not fullfill the german Reinheitsgebot and therefore is is not allowed to be called Pilsner, that is why they call it a Premium Verum. Is that ...
4
votes
2answers
167 views

Techniques to add flavour and aroma to beer with hops

I'm a hop lover, recently I found one of bests IIPA I ever tasted (I don't know if I can name beer / brand) I've found at the bottom of the bottle, there are no yeast rests, but yes hop leafs. :) ...
9
votes
2answers
269 views

What Beers are Brewed with Wild Yeast?

Is this practiced commercially? I'm not sure if it would scale very well, because I understand that the technique takes a long time even for a home brew batch. If so, what beers are brewed using ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

How to determine where your beer was really bottled?

I have long entertained gossip from self-proclaimed "beer connoisseurs" that the Guiness I am drinking is not really brewed in Ireland, nor the Beck's from Germany. I would imagine that where you ...
0
votes
0answers
195 views

How do I limit the amount of sediment in bottles?

I recently made my second batch of beer. It's a pumpkin ale. I am finding that the bottles contain a large amount of sediment, almost like slush at the bottom the bottle. The beer is delicious, but ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I know if home brews are safe to drink?

I received a true beginner's homebrew kit from a relative as a Christmas gift, decided to attempt a brew and followed the directions as close to perfect as I could. After the entire process was ...
4
votes
2answers
912 views

Why do lagers get made in tropical climates?

Lagers traditionally were made in the colder months and stored (lagered) in caves. As lager yeast prefers a colder fermentation and conditioning temperature than ales, why is lager regularly made in ...
3
votes
2answers
596 views

Can a beer like Tuborg or Budweiser be made at home?

Was just curious about how the manufacturing of beer is done. Can it be made at home also?
20
votes
3answers
500 views

How is reduced alcoholic beer made?

How is low/no alcohol beer made? I'm assuming that the beer is made normally and the alcohol is then removed, is it any more than just boiling it off? I've noticed that no/low alcohol beers' taste ...
3
votes
1answer
152 views

Becks USA AB InBev

Can anyone tell me if the USA market Becks adheres to the current definition of the Reinheitsgebot (aka German Purity Law) and what grains are used? I ask because I swear it tastes "ricey" like all ...
4
votes
3answers
129 views

Is it possible to change the outcome of a beer in the fermentation stages?

I am brewing a batch of Amber Ale right now and I was wondering if it would be possible to put something in with the wort while it is fermenting in order to change it's flavor. Could I add in like ...
4
votes
2answers
167 views

Beer Kit - How long is it good for

I bought a kit over the summer from Northern Brewer. This kit comes with the malt extract and the grains (for color mainly). I assume the grains would be stale, so I could probably buy some new grain, ...