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Chocolate – a sweet mystery
14
NOV
2018

Chocolate – a sweet mystery

Chocolate is a rich, smooth, sweet mystery - an elixir that the world cannot seem to do without. Chocolate has survived the ages and remains best in its simplest, purest form.  The history...
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Saint Arnould : Son of a brewer who went on to become a patron saint
14
NOV
2018

Saint Arnould : Son of a brewer who went on to become a patron saint

Saint Arnould is the patron saint of brewers and is also the source of the name given to the Arnoldus Group. But who was Saint Arnould exactly? Saint Arnould was born as Arnold in 1040 in Tiegem,...
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Gambrinus, King Of Beer
11
NOV
2018

Gambrinus, King Of Beer

The following story will explain why the Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs pays tribute to Gambrinus and why he is nearly always shown sitting astride a beer barrel.  Gambrinus is a...
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Do You Know That... 003
11
NOV
2018

Do You Know That... 003

The procedures of malting take about ten days in total. Grain is steeped in water, allowed partially to germinate, then dried, in the process of malting. The end product is known as malt. It is...
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Benjamin Franklin - a beer enthusiast
06
NOV
2018

Benjamin Franklin - a beer enthusiast

Benjamin Franklin is famous for his "Poor Richard's Almanac" in which he had many witty sayings, fun advice and even the first ever political cartoon. His love for beer and wine often showed up...
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Do You Know that ... 002
06
NOV
2018

Do You Know that ... 002

The action of the yeast and the conditions of production determine whether a beer is a top or a bottom fermentation beer. Bottom fermentation is fermentation at low temperature where the yeast...
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Do You Know that ... 001
31
OCT
2018

Do You Know that ... 001

For a long time beer was considered as drinkable bread and bread as edible beer. Both have a common history and come from the same natural raw materials. Wherever grain was cultivated, beer was...
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Where does chocolate come from? (part 2)
26
OCT
2018

Where does chocolate come from? (part 2)

Continued form the last issue.  The first chocolate house was reputedly opened in London in 1657 by a Frenchman. Costing 10 to 15 shillings per pound, chocolate was considered a beverage...
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The Beer Purity Law
22
OCT
2018

The Beer Purity Law

The Beer Purity Law is the oldest currently applicable food regulation in the world. It is also the outcome of a legal development reaching back several centuries in Germany, whereby the relevant...
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Where does chocolate come from?
22
OCT
2018

Where does chocolate come from?

In 600 A.D. the Mayans migrated into the northern regions of South America, establishing the earliest known cocoa plantations in the Yucatan. It has been argued that the Mayans had been familiar...
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Truffle versus chocolate
18
OCT
2018

Truffle versus chocolate

Chocolate is made from cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, and usually lecithin as an emulsifier. Chocolate is an ingredient used to make truffles.  A truffle is a generic name for a...
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How should a refreshing Belgian beer be served?
18
OCT
2018

How should a refreshing Belgian beer be served?

Rinse the glass with cold water. Open the bottle. Hold the bottle in one hand and the glass in the other. The bottle and glass should never touch. Pour the beer gently into glass. When it is half...
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Beer, the remedy for all sorts of aliments
09
OCT
2018

Beer, the remedy for all sorts of aliments

In Babylon and Egypt, long considered as the birthplace of beer, the drink was offered to the gods and was mainly used by kings and at important festivals. The Egyptians also attributed a...
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Which grain to be used in brewing beer?
09
OCT
2018

Which grain to be used in brewing beer?

Barley is the grain that can most easily be turned into beer, and it is one of the least satisfactory in the baking or bread. Wheat and rye are more suited to the baker. It is thus that barley has...
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Malt: The soul of beer
02
OCT
2018

Malt: The soul of beer

Brewers call malt "the soul of beer" but they might also add that malt contributes mightily to the different personalities we expect from beer. Of all the barley grown, only one-quarter or less is...
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Belgian beer is valued by connoisseurs around the world
02
OCT
2018

Belgian beer is valued by connoisseurs around the world

Belgian beer is valued by connoisseurs around the world. It is subject to strict legislation, which surprises nobody. Nevertheless, even though it might seem contradictory, it is only since 1974...
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The Flemish old brown beers
28
SEP
2018

The Flemish old brown beers

The beer is a typically Flemish as the dish. In his Carbonade Flamande, Escoffier suggests either an old Lambic or a Stout. These are extremely different styles, and a Flemish Old Brown falls...
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Belgium a heaven for beer on earth
28
SEP
2018

Belgium a heaven for beer on earth

A stroll through any Belgian city is a feast for the eyes with the country's impressive architecture and intricate stonework. But there's another trinity worthy of a pilgrimage: beer, chocolate...
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Calculating formula for alcohol content in beer
25
SEP
2018

Calculating formula for alcohol content in beer

What is the alcohol content of beer? That's not always an easy one to answer because many breweries don't provide that information. You can figure it out on your own. Meanwhile this is a great...
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Louis Pasteur’s discovery
25
SEP
2018

Louis Pasteur’s discovery

The French Revolution (1792-1794) heralded the end of the wealthy brewers guilds and brewing activities in monasteries. The economic chaos, was ended by Napoleon. Then local breweries resumed...
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