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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the German Beer Purity Law?

I see some US beers advertising that they brew according to the "German Beer Purity Law." What is that, and is it still relevant today?
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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 ...
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How much of an impact does the water have on a beer?

How much of an impact does the water (minerals/quality/distilled) have on a beer?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How is gluten-free beer made?

I have a friend who is Celiac and can only drink gluten-free beer. How on earth is it made?
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Why are some beers non-vegan?

Some beers (for example, Guinness) are marked as 'not suitable for vegans'. What is in the beer such that this is the case?
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do Trappists Brew so much?

I'm pleasantly surprised to find a small selection of Trappist beers for sale at a venue in Inner City Brisbane, Australia. A quick look at the Chimay website (one of the beers available) shows a ...
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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: ...
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Aside from the number of barrels they produce, what is the main difference between a craft brewery and a microbrewery?

Microbreweries make less than 15,000 barrels per year, and craft breweries make less than 6,000,000 barrels per year. Aside from this distinction, are there any differences in the styles of ...
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“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 ...
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How does boil time directly affect ABV% & IBU?

Dogfish Head makes IPAs called "60 Minute", "90 Minute", and "120 Minute". According to Wikipedia: Their names refer to the length of the boil time of the wort in which the hops are continuously ...
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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 ...
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How is Light Beer produced?

I was talking to an American friend the other day and he told me they had something called "light" beer. This was to be a light product just as you would find for instance for Coca-Cola or other soda ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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What type of beer require the most time to produce?

Of all types of beer, what type of beer require the most time to produce?
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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?
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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 ...
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What do they judge on at beer competitions?

When you see advertising for beer, some of them advertise awards that they have won at various beer festivals and/or competitions. What are the judging standards at these competitions, and what are ...
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What steps in the brewing process affect alcohol levels?

Why do some beers have high alcohol levels and some have low ones? Is the alcohol content something that can be changed for any specific brew, and the brewer sets it at a specific level on purpose? Or ...
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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?
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What is the average brewing time for craft beer?

Given craft beers, which are typically brewed without many preservatives, what is the average duration a beer must sit inside a barrel before it is ready for serving? If different types of beer ...
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What are the differences between Pale Ale (PA), India Pale Ale (IPA) and American Pale Ale (APA)?

I am wondering because I want to brew these styles of beer myself.
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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?
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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—...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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. :) ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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What is the single most influential book every beer enthusiast should read? [closed]

If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book about beer, which book would it be?