What makes a good beer? Many drinkers will quickly reply that it is the flavor. Beer is judged on its taste, aroma and flavor. Some brewers go as far as to guarantee that the beer they make tastes exactly like the yeast that was used to make it. This is an expensive way to brew beer, but many enthusiasts are willing to pay the extra money so that they can taste the beer they love.
Home brewers, or beer yeast fanatics, disagree. They believe that their beer is actually better when made with different ingredients and then complimented with different hops. It is said that if the yeast is “wild”, the flavor can be anywhere from very sweet to bitter. Many brewers, however, stick to what they know and this usually includes simple lagers and darker beers that don’t have much flavor of their own.
The lager breweries that are the most common in America are mostly small breweries that brew small quantities of beer. Their recipes are closely guarded secrets and guarded against fraud and theft. These small breweries are the heart of the American Craft Beer Market. There are also big breweries from other countries that produce beers that are widely available. In Europe, however, there is a tendency for smaller breweries to dub themselves “craft beers” and then they mass produce their beers so that they appear to resemble the beers brewed at home.
Big breweries tend to brew a wider variety of styles and flavor. They also use more sophisticated methods of fermenting beer, which can make the beers seem more exciting and fuller than they really are. The use of adjuncts, or ingredients that add to the flavor, is a common practice in these larger breweries. The amount of adjunct is often proportionate to the amount of flavor in the beer.
IPAs, or India Pale Ale, are becoming more popular as well. These beers are typically lighter in color and body, as well as having a milder taste. The addition of hop additives can alter the way that an IPA tastes. One of the most common hop additives is called hop acid. This is a substance added to give the beer a smoky or woodsy taste.
Some examples of IPAs include Double Trouble, a pale British ale that was brewed in Pennsylvania in the early 1980s. In recent years, brewers in California have begun to use wild grapes in the making of Double Trouble. There are IPAs made with European hops, and IPAs made with different varieties of yeast, but all of them contain the taste of malted barley. Another common ingredient in IPAs is lime. Lime is used because it is a neutralizer, which means that it can help to eliminate some of the more assertive and bitter flavors found in IPAs.
Many new brewers are finding that they can learn a lot about making great beers by studying the process of brewing. Many new brewers begin by using extract brewing methods, which allow the brewer to create a beer that contains a higher percentage of the actual ingredients, than can be found in a typical brew. Extract brewers are able to learn about the intricacies of proper wort brewing, which allows them to make beers that have a higher gravity and a higher alcohol content than many beers can have.
Another option for new brewers is to start experimenting with lagers. Lagers are a good alternative to many styles of beer, because they are lower in calories and alcohol. They also have subtle tastes that tend to be more accepting of the character of the person drinking them. Some examples of lagers include German pilsners, English barley ales, and Belgian wit. With so many options for what makes a good beer, brewers should have no problem finding a style of lager that will have a massive impact on their beer’s flavor and texture.