Beer Machine

Beer making has always been considered to be an industrial activity, but there are a lot of homes that are brewing their own beers nowadays. Some of them are using equipment that they have in their own homes while some of them are putting their trust in the beer making kits that are commonly available through the Internet. Every beer making kit that is available has its own different components and principles of brewing the drink, because beer can be brewed in several different ways. The basic points are in common, but the actual method can vastly differ from one beer maker to another.

There are four main ingredients that are used in the brewing of beer. These include water, barley, yeast and hops. All kinds of beer are made with just these four ingredients. However, it is very important to take the ingredients in a very pure form, because even a slight degree of contamination can grossly affect the taste of the beer. The water needs to be completely distilled and even each piece of equipment that is used has to be completely cleaned and sterilized to get the purest sparkling kind of beer.

All beers use these four ingredients, but the different kinds of beers are obtained by altering the proportion in which the ingredients are taken. The quantities of the ingredients may differ and so also the time that is designated for brewing the beer. Lagers take more time for brewing beer, typically 35 days. Ales can be brewed in shorter lengths of time – 21 days. It is important to know the exact brewing time before starting with the beer making process. Most beer making kits have these times and the quantities of the ingredients to be taken mentioned in the manuals that accompany them.

Barley and hops are checked for any kind of qualitative defects by visually scanning them quite closely. The beer making process starts with barley. A pipe like arrangement is provided in beer making kits from where the barley is meant to be introduced. At the same time, the distilled water is added to the barley. This water will help release the carbohydrate sugars present in the barley, which will be fermented. Since beer making is a fermentation process and fermentation means the conversion of sugars into alcohol, it is important to release as many sugars from the barley as possible. The next step is to take the barley grains into a large pot. Here they are mashed so that whatever starches are present in them are converted into sugars.

The process can be kept on continuously to retrieve as much and as many sugars from the barley as possible. After the initial water leaching and the mashing, the barley is recycled through the filter and more water is added. During this process, significantly more amounts of sugars will be released because the barley is now mashed.

With almost all the sugars extracted, the ingredients are taken to a boiler vessel where they are boiled for typically one and a half hour. This process does several things, but the most significant thing that it does is that it allows the sugars to circulate uniformly within the solution.

Beer has a characteristically bitter taste. This taste is not because of barley; it is because of hops. When the barley-water suspension is being boiled, the hops are added. The taste of the hops steeps within the suspension. When done, the suspension is filtered and the clear liquid solution is obtained.

The fermentation begins after the solution has cooled down to the room temperature. Yeast is the fermenting agent. It is added to the solution, which is then placed in a closed keg or a similar container for the fermentation to happen for the prescribed number of days.

This Beer Machine Review is Written/Updated on Mar 26th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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