Cholesterol and Beer

health  %tages Cholesterol and BeerMost people don't know that excessive consumption of alcohol can start serious health problems, but did you know that beer and cholesterol can be one wonderful benefits of alcohol in moderation? Older studies all support the fact that alcohol has useful effects on cardiovascular health and nowhere is this more pronounced than in the effect of beer on blood cholesterol levels. Recent studies prove that the positive benefit of alcohol extends beyond wines which is the most publized to include beers. As a result, beer and cholesterol are starting to capture the public’s eye when it comes to regulating consumption of alcohol so it contributes to positive health gains.

The nutrition information of beer actually helps to explain how beer and cholesterol can be so amazingly linked. One serving of regular beer contains 300 grams of water, 151 calories, 1.7 grams of protein, 15 grams of alcohol, 12.7 grams of carbohydrates, 21 mg of magnesium, 12 mg of calcium, 48 mg of phosphorus, 95 mg of potassium, 12 mg of sodium, 2 mg of niacin and 20 mcg of folate. Nowhere in that list do you see fat and cholesterol because the truth is that beer does not contain any of it.

Now you may be wondering if there is no cholesterol or fat in beer, how does it impact cholesterol levels in the blood? As it turns out, beer does not necessarily lower the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Instead it increases the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) by producing Continue reading

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How to Brew Beer at Home

Here is a simple instruction how to brew beer at home in five steps.

producing beer  %tages How to Brew Beer at Home


  1. 2.25 Oz of East Kent Goldings Hops – Hops will add bitterness to your beer.  Pellets are most common and easy to store.  Keep your unused hops in the freezer in airtight bags for keeping aroma.
  2. Six lbs of Unhopped Pale Malt Extract – It purchased in cans that are around 3 lbs each.  Malt provides the sweet base that the yeast will feed on to make alcohol.  Available from various manufacturers.  Dry malt extract is an acceptable alternative.
  3. 2/3 cup Priming Sugar – We will use corn sugar.  It is available from your brew store or grocer.
  4. One Package of American Ale liquid Yeast.  Liquid yeast gives very high quality beer.


  1. A Bottle Filler – Available from your homebrew store – should be sized to fit on the end of  your siphon tubing.
  2. A Large Pot – At least 3 gallons in size, though a larger one will generally result in fewer spills.
  3. A Sanitizing solution – Beer is prone to infection, so everything must be sanitized before use. Household bleach can be used, but it must be thoroughly rinsed to prevent contamination.  Your brew store may have alternatives such as iodophor and starsan.
  4. Tubing & Clamp – To siphon and bottle the beer- A six foot section of 3/8″ ID food grade plastic tubing will work.
  5. An Airtight Fermenting Bucket – A five gal plastic bucket with lid, or a glass carboy.  Better to purchase a glass carboy as they are easier to keep sanitized and don’t leak.  If you get a carboy you may need a large bottle brush to clean it.
  6. A Bottle Capper – A hand driven device to cap your bottles also available from your homebrew store.
  7. An Air Lock and Stopper – Sized to fit your fermenter.
  8. A Thermometer – A floating thermometer with a range of 0-100 C or up from 32-220 F
  9. Bottles – You need two cases in 12 oz bottles to bottle five gallons of beer.
  10. Bottle Brush –  A small brush to get your bottles clean.
  11. Bottle Caps – New bottle caps sold at your brewing supplier – you need about 50 caps for a five gal batch

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Beer Yeast Facts

ingredients beer yeast  %tages Beer Yeast FactsBeer yeast is a fungus, Saccharomyces cervisae. It is used making beer, in bakery and as a nutritional additive. Beer yeast is added to malted barley and hops to produce an alcoholic beer, after fermentation. In bakery, these yeasts added as a flavor or nutritional additive. However, beer yeast is most well known for its health benefits.

Let's start to talk about their nutritional value. Continue reading

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Wort in Beer

uncategorized producing beer  %tages Wort in BeerWort is the liquid produced from the mashing process during the brewing of beer. Wort has the sugars that will be fermented by the brewing yeast to extract alcohol.

The initial step in wort production is to create malt from dried, sprouted barley. The malt is ground into grist.

The grist is mashed, after this, mixed with hot water and steeped, a complex and slow heating process that starts enzymes to convert the starch in the malt into sugars. At set intervals, most notably when the mixture has reached temperatures of 43 °C, 61 °C, and 77 °C, the heating is briefly halted. The temperature of the mixture is increased to 80 °C for mash-out.

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A brewpub is a pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. Some brewpubs, such as those in Germany, have been brewing traditionally on the premises for hundreds of years.

History of brewpubs in the world:

The trend toward larger brewing companies started to change during the 1970s when the popularity of the Campaign for Real Ale campaign for traditional brewing methods encouraged brewers in the UK to form their own small brewpubs.

In America the first American brewpub opened in 1982 but the growth since then has been speeded up: the Association of Brewers reports that in 2008 there were 1591 regional brewpubs in the United States.

Opposite to the most of countries, traditional brewpub or Brauhaus remains a main source of beer in Germany.

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Medieval Times

histrory england  %tages Medieval TimesThe Emperor Charlemagne (AD 742-814), the great Christian ruler, considered beer as essential for moderate living, and personally trained the realm's brewmasters. King Arthur served his Knights of the Round Table with beer called bragget.

Even in medieval times, beer was generally brewed by women. Being the cooks, they had responsibility for beer which was regarded as 'food-drink'. After the monasteries had established the best methods of brewing, the 'ale-wives' took the responsibility for further brewing.

In England at this time a chequered flag indicated a place where ale and beer could be purchased.

Of course few people other than the clergy could read or write, and a written sign would have been of little use.

Many events of this era incorporate the word 'ale', reflecting its importance in society. Brides traditionally sold ale on their wedding day to defray the expenses - hence 'bride-ale' which became 'bridal'. The Christmas expression 'yule-tide' actually means 'ale-tide'.

Saint Thomas A'Becket, martyred archbishop of Canterbury, was selected as patron saint of one of the London Guilds, the Brewers' Company. When he went to France in 1158 to seek the hand of a French princess for Prince Henry of England, he took several barrels of British ale as gifts.

Beer was also handed out free of charge to weary travelers when the Wayfarer Dole was established in England. A Pilgrim's Dole of ale and bread can still be claimed by all wayfarers at the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, England. This is said to have been founded by William of Wykeham, (1367-1404), and was claimed by Emerson, the American essayist, when visiting Winchester.

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Beer In School

Many high school cafes in some European countries serve alcohol to those students who wish to drink.sumeria histrory beer in culture  %tages Beer In SchoolBetween 10,000 and 15,000 years ago, some humans discontinued their nomadic hunting and gathering and settled down to farm. Grain was the first domesticated crop that started that farming process.

The oldest proven records of brewing are about 6,000 years old and refer to the Sumerians.
Sumeria lay between the .  It is said that the Sumerians discovered the fermentation process by chance.  No one knows today exactly how this occurred, but it could be that a piece of bread or grain became wet and a short time later, it began to ferment and a inebriating pulp resulted.  A seal around 4,000 years old is a Sumerian "Hymn to Ninkasi", the goddess of brewing.  This "hymn" is also a recipe for making beer. A description of the making of beer on this ancient engraving in the Sumerian language is the earliest account of what is easily recognized as barley, followed by a pictograph of bread being baked, crumbled into water to form a mash, and then made into a drink that is recorded as having made people feel "exhilarated, wonderful and blissful." It could be that baked bread was a convenient method of storing and transporting a resource for making beer.  The Sumerians were able to repeat this process and are assumed to be he first civilized culture to brew beer. They had discovered a "divine drink" which certainly was a gift from the gods.

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Did You Know This?

other histrory  %tages Did You Know This?Before invention of the thermometer, beer-makers used to check the temperature by dipping their thumb, to find whether appropriate for adding Yeast. Too hot, the yeast would die. This is where we get the phrase " The Rule of the Thumb"

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender used to yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. From where we get "mind your own P's and Q's".

4000 years ago, it was the usual practice in Babylon that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calender was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know to day as the "Honey moon"

Long ago in UK, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim of their beer mugs or ceramic/glass cups. The whistle was used to order services. Thus we get the phrase, "wet your whistle".

After consuming a vibrant brew called Aul or Ale, the Vikings would go fearlessly to the battlefield, without their armor, or even their shirts. The "Berserk" means "bear shirt" in Norse, and eventually to the meaning of wild battles.

Way down in 1740, the Admiral Veron of the British fleet decided to water down the navy's rum, which naturally, the sailors weren't pleased with. They nicknamed the Admiral Old Grog, after the still stiff grogram coats he used to wear. The term grog soon began to mean the watered down drink itself. When you are drunk on this this grog, you are "groggy", a word still in use.

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