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That is the difference. The distinction is purely one of size, and exists mainly for purposes of trade and legal organization. The gulf between the two wasn't always so large, but as the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) has grown, the standard for 'Craft Brewing' has been increased to allow for their continued categorization as a Craft Brewer. Even with the ...


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There are several factors at play here. If we think about how grapes were maintained hundreds or thousands of years ago, it was kind of a slapdash affair. In the beginning they probably just grabbed whatever grapes they could off a vine growing up a tree. Later they just haphazardly planted grapes in a field hoping for the best and they mixed everything, Red ...


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The most time? I'd think Gueze. It is a blend of 1 and 2 (and sometimes 3) year old lambic. So the minimum time to produce would be 2 years.


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In addition to what's said, a major caveat is sour beer. Modern breweries have managed to coax and trick lagers into being ready without months of expensive aging, but there is no way to hurry a sour. The bacteria and wild yeast strains that make those flavors require specific conditions, and changing those conditions changes the rates of their activity ...


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It's possible to make almost any beer at home; this hobby is known as Home Brewing and even has a Stack Exchange Community around the topic. Most beer falls into two major categories: ales and lagers. Ales are easier to make at home because the beer can ferment at temperatures that do not require special equipment. Budweiser is a lager; lager beers require ...


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Liquor casks are not cleaned between transfers, just emptied and stored until they need them again. The liquor that soaked into the wood makes sure nothing will grow in them. Wine barrels on the other hand, need to be cleaned between transfers. Typically they are rinsed with hot water and then maybe steam. Left to drip dry for a day or two. Then sulfur ...


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One thing you should take into consideration is that this chart certainly represents macro breweries production, once they still have the vast majority of the market-share, as opposite to craft breweries. So, we are talking here mainly about light lagers, known to be consumed as a refreshing beverage. So, to me, it's pretty clear that the production ...


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You can certainly brew beer at home that is similar to a commercial recipe, but unlikely one that will pass for exactly the same thing. First, the exact recipes are trade-secrets, and while you can guess at the quantities of ingredients, boil times, etc, you likely won't get them exactly the same. Additionally, the ingredients you use aren't going to be ...


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The time it takes to make beer can be anywhere from 10 days to several months. There are a few factors that determine how long a beer takes to be ready to drink. The original gravity of the beer (gravity measure the amount of sugar in the wort), the type and strain of yeast used, and alcohol content of the finished beer. Other factors such as any adjuncts ...


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Just to extend farmersteves answer...There are quite a few that produce limited releases annually. These tend to be limited releases produced either by a new brand or established distilleries but they are usually limited to smaller cask numbers. As they are limited I would expect you to have to pay a bit more, many sell out quickly from shops so you may ...


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I think there are two ways to look at this. Some distilleries do put the date when they bottled the whisky/scotch it will just take some leg work. Even cheap Old Turkey has a bottled date stamped on the label Then the other way is to do some reverse math. There is such a thing as vintage whisky. Distilled and put into barrels in say 1990 and aged 25 years. ...


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No, this would destroy the wine/mash/beer that your were trying to remove the "head" from. Just to make the first pass in a still to remove this head, you would need to get the liquid up to around 200f to start the process, thereby destroying whatever your were trying to get the less desirable aspects out of it.


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