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Keep the taste of draught beer into the home
16
JAN
2019

Keep the taste of draught beer into the home

PerfectDraft® is an exciting system which combines a high-quality appliance and consumer-preferred beer brands in light metal kegs, delivering the great taste of draught beer in the comfort of...
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Do You Know That... 007
15
JAN
2019

Do You Know That... 007

The fruity aroma found in most of beers relies on subtle variations based on the following fruit: pears, bananas, apricots, peaches, and tropical fruit such as mangos or pineapples. Sometimes the...
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Storing your chocolates
08
JAN
2019

Storing your chocolates

Like fine wines and beers chocolates should be stored in a cool, dry and dark area. Since chocolate is highly susceptible to picking up odors, your chocolates should be kept away from other strong...
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The Lambic family of beers
08
JAN
2019

The Lambic family of beers

The winiest of all the world's beers, and specific to the Brussels area. There are several possible explanations for the odd name (which is spelled in a variety of ways), but its most likely...
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Do You Know That... 006
20
DEC
2018

Do You Know That... 006

"Tripel", means that the beer has undergone three fermentations: one main fermentation, then a second fermentation and, finally, a fermentation in the bottle. The operation of fermentation ensures...
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Therapeutic hop oil
13
DEC
2018

Therapeutic hop oil

Hops are at present used almost exclusively as a basic ingredient for the brewing of beer, since hop acids and essential hop oil are crucial for the taste and smell of beer. However, the hop has...
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Do You Know That... 005
13
DEC
2018

Do You Know That... 005

Alcohol- free beer contains less than 0.5% alcohol while the alcohol content in low alcohol beer is between 0.5% and 1.2%. The alcohol content in table beers is also low, ie. a maximum of 1.5%....
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Belgium - the home of chocolate
26
NOV
2018

Belgium - the home of chocolate

It was in Brussels in 1912 where the first chocolate praline was made by filling an empty chocolate shell with a rich, intense centre. This technique was copied all over Europe because up until...
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Do You Know That... 004
26
NOV
2018

Do You Know That... 004

There are at least 100 components in hop polyphenols. The properties of these substances are important for beer. Certain polyphenols protect the beer from oxidation, others are thought to be...
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The perfect way to serve a beer
20
NOV
2018

The perfect way to serve a beer

The perfect way to serve a beer  Casks and bottles of beer should be stored in a dark, dry and clean place at a temperature of +/- 15°C. Cool the beer: Beer and casks: +/- 3°C at...
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"Well being" - Psychotherapeutic value
20
NOV
2018

"Well being" - Psychotherapeutic value

"One of the main reasons why the moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages is a common practice is that many people enjoy the relaxing, pleasant effect produced by one or two drinks" and "the...
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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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