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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Home Beer Making

There are 100s of different types and tastes of beer being brewed all over the world. People from different part of world have designed and developed their own techniques of home beer making adding custom flavors and aromas to it. Beers also vary in their appearance, texture, smoothness, flavor, ingredients, gravity, texture and recipe. Each type of beer has a history attached to it as to where and how it was originated. Here are the three main kinds of beers found at different parts of the world.
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Top Fermenting Type

These beers are made from top-fermenting yeast, which typically ferments at higher temperatures giving a significant amount of esters and other secondary aromas and flavors.

The yeast forms a layer of foam at the surface of the fermenting beer giving flavors that resemble those of apple, pear, pineapple, grass, hay, banana, plum or prune. The top fermented beers include Continue reading

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Beer Myths

MYTH: Dark Beer is Stronger Than Light Beer
ANSWER: Try this Westmalle Tripel
Dark beer takes a lot of bad raps - thick, bitter, flawed - but this myth is the most common. Beer gets most of its color from roasting some or all of the grains that go into it. The heavier the roast, the darker the beer. But the depth of the roast has virtually no effect on alcohol content, which is determined by the quantity of malt used and the degree to which it is fermented. In the cases when roasting does have an effect strength, it actually can reduce a grain's ability to render alcohol.
other beer in culture  %tages Beer MythsMYTH: Ale is Stronger Than Lager
ANSWER: Really? Why?
In the middle of this century, it was common for beer above a certain alcohol content to be called "ale", regardless of whether the beer was top fermenting (a true ale) or bottom fermenting (lager). This practice can still be found in some states, such as Texas. By brewing convention, your average American ale tends to be a little higher in alcohol than your average lager, but that's by design rather than by nature. In fact, ale yeast has a lower tolerance for high levels of alcohol, and the world's strongest beers tend to be, with the exception of some hybrid beers, all lagers.

MYTH: Draft Beer is Better Than Bottle Beer
ANSWER: I'd take an old bottle of beer before on old draft beer any day.
This is more an assumption based on fact than a falsehood. This observation holds true for most beers your average Joe is exposed to, as draft versions are often unpasteurized and fresher. But we know about a whole realm of bottle conditioned beers -- notably many Belgian, English and American ales -- that just don't cut it on draft. In bottles, these beers have a chance to condition on their own yeast, sometimes improving over several years.

MYTH: Bock Beer is From The Bottom of the Barrel
ANSWER: How do they get those Germans in the barrels to scrape it out?
This is a dangerous one, because it leads people to believe that beer can change styles simply by aging. Bock beers are variously brewed in late winter through the spring, and their recipes result in beers that run the gamut from pale to quite dark, from strong to really strong. If there's any truth to this myth, it would apply to Maerzen beers, which were traditionally brewed in March, consumed throughout the summer, and finished off in late September at harvest festivals like Oktoberfest. By the time these last stores of Maerzen were consumed, the beer had gathered quite a bit of strength and complexity. Continue reading

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Beer and Your Belly

One of the most awful developments for many women is a beer belly. The so-called “beer belly” doesn’t necessarily have to come from drinking beer, but it rather refers to a section of fat that may develop around the midsection. Although it is more commonly seen in men, it can develop in women as well.
other health consuming beer  %tages Beer and Your BellyFortunately, if you take proper precautions in order to prevent a beer belly from forming, you’ll generally be able to stay slim and avoid any unsightly fat deposits. There are a lot of common misconceptions about what a beer belly is and how it develops, so it’s important to know the truth about this part of your body. Read on for a few of the commonly misconceptions and myths about beer and your belly, as well as the true facts too.

While it’s true that beer provides “empty calories,” that is, calories that are not beneficial in terms of the other nutrients and supplements or minerals that they provide, it’s not entirely true that beer will contribute directly to belly fat. A beer belly can come about for someone who does not drink beer at all. The bigger issue to understand is that it’s the excess calories that help to create the beer belly, not the fact that it’s beer alone. However, because many people do not consider the calories that they consume in beer, it’s possible to have a beer drinker who ingests more calories than she should, even though her diet is otherwise quite healthy.

other health consuming beer  %tages Beer and Your BellyGenerally speaking, women develop fat deposits in a variety of places around their bodies. These include the arms, legs, hips and other areas as well. Men oftentimes will focus their fat on the belly. However, this is not to say that women cannot develop a beer belly in the traditional sense of the word. Therefore, don’t assume that you can continue to drink beer without having to pay the price of having excess fat deposits build up and gaining weight. While it may not appear in your belly area, drinking beer without compensating by getting exercise may lead to fat buildup in other areas of your body.

In terms of caloric content, beer is equivalent or greater than most other types of alcohol. While it’s true that lighter beers do tend to have fewer calories, all beer is generally considered to be a high calorie beverage item. In fact, alcohols of all types carry unnecessary calories. If you drink alcohol in any quantity and are attempting to lose weight, it’s important to keep in mind the effect that the alcohol you drink may be having on your total calorie intake, so that you can accurately assess how many calories you’re really putting into your body through what you drink.

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Some Facts About Beer From History

Unlike wines, most beers should be stored upright to minimize oxidation and metal or plastic contamination from the cap. High-alcohol ales, however, which continue to ferment in their corked bottles, should be stored on their sides.

Studying the experimentally induced intoxicated behavior of ants in 1888, naturalist John Lubbock noticed that the insects that had too much to drink were picked up by nest mates and carried home. Conversely, drunken strangers were summarily tossed in a ditch.

Despite the month implied by its name, Munich's annual 16-day Oktoberfest actually begins in mid-September and ends on the first Sunday in October.

The familiar Bass symbol, a red triangle, was registered in 1876 and is the world's oldest trademark.

According to a journal entry from 1636, farm workers in the colony of Quebec in Canada not only received an allowance of flour, lard, oil, vinegar, and codfish; they were also given "a chopine of cider a day or a quart of beer."

In twenty century, a Belgian royal decree mandated that lambics must contain a minimum of 35% wheat. It also ordered that labels state the name and location of the brewery.

Beck's in not only Germany's top export beer, it also accounts for 85% of all German beer exports to the United States.

Pennsylvania has had more breweries in its history than any other state. In 1910 alone, 119 of the state's towns had at least one licensed beermaker.

In their efforts to regulate beer quality, the ancient Babylonians, who were among history's earliest brewers, decreed that any commercial beermaker who sold unfit beer would be drowned in his/her own libation.

Bottle caps, or "crowns," were invented in Baltimore in 1892 by William Painter. Painter proved his invention's worth when he convinced a local brewer to ship a few hundred cases of beer to South America and back and they returned without a leak.

Beer advertising matchbook covers have become sought-after collectibles on Internet auction sites. A 1916 matchbook promoting Brehm's Brewery in Baltimore brought $43, while a 1930s cover promoting Eastside Beer from Los Angeles went for $36.

Beer and video games have a long association. Tapper, originally a 1983 arcade game and now a computer one, tests players' skills by challenging them to coordinate the movements of beers, a bartender, empty mugs, and patrons.

An 18-year study by the National Institute on Aging found that 50-plus men who consumed a drink a day during middle age scored significantly better on cognitive tests later in life than did non-drinkers.

Gilroy, home of the Coast Range Brewing Company since 1995, is the self-proclaimed "Garlic Capital of the World."

other beer in culture  %tages Some Facts About Beer From HistoryIn ancient Babylon, women brewers also assumed the role of temple priestesses. The goddess Siris was the patron of beer.

On October 17 of 1814, a rupture in a brewery tank containing 3,500 barrels of beer caused a flood of fatal proportions in the London parish of St. Giles. The wave of beer swept victims off their feet, dashed them against walls, and buried them under debris. Two houses were demolished in the sea of beer suddenly loosed upon town, and nine people lost their lives in the flood of suds.

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago 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 calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month", or what we know today as the "honeymoon".

There are nineteen different versions of Guinness.

According to a diary entry from a passenger on the Mayflower, the pilgrims made their landing at Plymouth Rock, rather than continue to their destination in Virginia, due to lack of beer.

In the US, a barrel contains 31 gallons of beer.

The first beer cans were produced in 1935.

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