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Is non-alcholic beer nothing else than unfermented wort?

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Is non-alcoholic beer nothing else than unfermented wort? That is to grains which the sugars have been cooked out of, bittering agent added and then just the step of fermentation omitted or is there more to it than that?

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No, it is fermented to break down the sugar; otherwise it would be very sweet and sugar cannot be cooked off. After fermentaton is complete, the alcohol is removed. Note that most NA beers do actually contain a small amount of alcohol: < 1%.

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Alcohol free beer is also a byproduct of whiskey distilling. Whiskey takes beer and distills the alcohol out of it. This alcohol they flavour and age in barrels to make whiskey. If you take what is left of that beer and force carbonate it and add hops, you are left with alcohol-free beer.


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Is non-alcholic beer nothing else than unfermented wort?

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Is non-alcoholic beer nothing else than unfermented wort? That is to grains which the sugars have been cooked out of, bittering agent added and then just the step of fermentation omitted or is there more to it than that?


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No, it is fermented to break down the sugar; otherwise it would be very sweet and sugar cannot be cooked off. After fermentaton is complete, the alcohol is removed. Note that most NA beers do actually contain a small amount of alcohol: < 1%.

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They also use a low air pressure chamber with slightly elevated temperatures. Alcohol will boil at a lower temperature in a vacuum so there is less damage to flavors. - farmersteve Aug 16 '19 at 14:30

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