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Good Malt - Good Beer? How does malt influence beer flavour? Malt is the soul of beer!
02
MAY
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? How does malt influence beer flavour? Malt is the soul of beer!

Taste Malt has a direct influence on two tastes; sweet and sour. Sweet tastes derive from sugars, which mostly have their origin in malt starch. Sour tastes derive from organic acids...
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The Tasting: Pauwel KWAK
29
APR
2019

The Tasting: Pauwel KWAK

The beer that is known simply as Kwak is famous for being served in one of the most unusual glasses in the world.  More than two hundred years ago there was a small coachman’s inn in Belgium...
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How should chocolate be tasted and savoured ?
25
APR
2019

How should chocolate be tasted and savoured ?

Solid chocolate and filled chocolate should not be savoured in the same way. Solid chocolate should be taken in small pieces, put on the tongue and left to melt. This allows, on the one hand, for...
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Good Malt - Good Beer? What does malt contain? Malt is the soul of beer!
23
APR
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? What does malt contain? Malt is the soul of beer!

Like most commodities, malt is taken for granted. However, the myriad of components it provides us with is remarkable. Were we to obtain them from separate sources we would find ourselves faced...
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Good Malt - Good Beer? Why malt?
19
APR
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? Why malt?

Barley is difficult to process into wort. It does not mill easily, it lacks appropriate levels of enzymes for starch and protein conversion, and the starch is not easily accessible. And it lacks...
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The Tasting: ABBAYE DES ROCS
16
APR
2019

The Tasting: ABBAYE DES ROCS

Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as...
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Good Malt - Good Beer? What is malt?
11
APR
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? What is malt?

Good beer is characterized by a few quality traits, which are easy to agree upon. They are:  (i) flavour (combination of taste, aroma and mouthfeel);  (ii) appearance (colour, clarity,...
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Côte d'Or chocolate from Belgium
08
APR
2019

Côte d'Or chocolate from Belgium

Originating from Belgium in 1883, this chocolate is made from cocoa beans from the Gold Coast of Africa. Elephants were used in the old days to haul the cocoa beans.  Translated from French,...
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The Tasting: GULDEN DRAAK
08
APR
2019

The Tasting: GULDEN DRAAK

Gulden Draak is a dark heavy beer with 10.5% alcohol by volume. Gulden Draak, just like Augustijn, is a beer that undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg.  Gulden Draak is...
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The chemistry of brewing
04
APR
2019

The chemistry of brewing

The chemical reactions in the different phases of the brewing process are very complex, with interactions between very many and various components, which also differ according to the style of beer...
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Belgian Beer Corner Kriek 100% Lambic
03
APR
2019

Belgian Beer Corner Kriek 100% Lambic

Some pubs nowadays offer 200 or even 300 beers to their customers. It hasn't always been like this. Many years ago, only the local products were sold. In order to make the list a little bit...
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THE BREWING PROCESS
28
MAR
2019

THE BREWING PROCESS

1. Milling and brewing Malt is carefully stored in big silos. From there it is milled and mixed with water in the mash tun. The heating process is realised very carefully in order to get as...
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Do YOu Know... 012
26
MAR
2019

Do YOu Know... 012

For a long time, man has brewed beer without the aid of the most basic equipment. Thus we had to wait until 1760 before our breweries were equipped with the first thermometer. The densimeter made...
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Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
20
MAR
2019

Chocolate can be fatal for dogs

We love chocolate so much that the phrase "dog death by chocolate" might look humorous. But the sweet stuff can literally mean curtains for your dog.  If your sweet-toothed canine has helped...
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Drink beer with care
20
MAR
2019

Drink beer with care

Benjamin Franklin said: “Beer is leaving proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” He added later: "All things in moderation." That is worth remembering wherever you drink.  Alcohol...
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Do You Know... 011
18
MAR
2019

Do You Know... 011

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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The secret behind chocolate cravings
14
MAR
2019

The secret behind chocolate cravings

The reason for chocolate addicts or “chocaholics” can be contributed to the bioactive compounds found in chocolate; theobromine and caffeine, which are stimulants; tyramine and phenylethylamine,...
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The legend of Orval
11
MAR
2019

The legend of Orval

The monastery was born of an act of gratitude: Mathilda was a widow and her weddin-gring had accidentally fallen into the fountain. She prayed to the Lord and at once a trout rose to the surface...
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The history of Lambic
11
MAR
2019

The history of Lambic

The Lambic style can trace its roots back over 400 years, and has remained mostly unchanged from its introduction. The first written recipe is dated 1516 and accounts from 1559 mention the...
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What is the melting point of beer?
05
MAR
2019

What is the melting point of beer?

What is the melting point of beer?  The melting point of beer, just like the boiling point, depends on the volume of the alcohol present in the beer. Alcohol boils at around 78°C, that is, at a...
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