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Hints on identifying off-flavours in beer
07
OCT
2019

Hints on identifying off-flavours in beer

Some aromas and flavors in beer are caused by brewing problems, infections during fermentation by troublesome microbes, and/or improper handling. Here is some information to help you distinguish...
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You like beer? So, you should become a beer expert.
21
AUG
2019

You like beer? So, you should become a beer expert.

If you take beer seriously you have to know almost everything about beer. Reading regularly our newsletter you will sure become a beer expert. Moreover being an expert in beer you will better...
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A smoked beer?
08
AUG
2019

A smoked beer?

What is a smoked beer? "It's like liquid beef jerky," said a beer connoisseur. "And it's fantastic." It's a beer to enjoy in cool weather, like the wet, raw spring days of April and May.  Three...
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What kind of barley do Belgian breweries use?
29
JUL
2019

What kind of barley do Belgian breweries use?

There are two kinds of malting barley: six-rowed winter barley and two-rowed summer barley. In Belgium, summer barley is used almost exclusively, as its growing period is a hundred and fifty days...
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The great discovery of Lambic
16
JUL
2019

The great discovery of Lambic

Lambic is the very first style of beer, invented by human kind probably over 30,000 years ago. Lambic means that the beer is spontaneously fermented, which means that the brewer did not add any...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Augustijn
10
JUL
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Augustijn

Augustijn is a 'living' abbey beer with 8 % alcohol by volume that had been brewed by the Augustinian fathers of Ghent since 1295. In 1982, the recipe and distribution of the beer was taken over...
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Yeast's effect on beer
28
JUN
2019

Yeast's effect on beer

Yeast's effect on beer is quite profound. Every molecule of water in beer (about 95 percent of its composition) passes through a yeast cell during fermentation. In some cases, and in certain...
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The seductive character of hops!
03
JUN
2019

The seductive character of hops!

The hop is a sort-of “magic wand” in the brewing process – the mysterious, seemingly inexplicable ingredient that imparts such individuality to beer. It seems innocent enough - a beautiful,...
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Good Malt - Good Beer?  How does malt influence the storage properties of beer? Malt is the soul of beer!
17
MAY
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? How does malt influence the storage properties of beer? Malt is the soul...

Haze stability Beer has a tendency to develop chill hazes and permanent hazes during storage. Although malt quality plays an important role in this process, brewing technology has evolved to...
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Good Malt - Good Beer?  How does malt influence beer appearance? Malt is the soul of beer!
13
MAY
2019

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

Colour Malt contributes two classes of compounds to beer that impart colour: these are polyphenols and melanoidins. In addition, malt contributes an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase which...
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Delicate Pairings of Beer and Cheese
03
MAY
2019

Delicate Pairings of Beer and Cheese

Trappist monasteries and abbeys in Belgium have long understood the relationship between beer and cheese, often adding the factor of bread into the equation. Beer and cheese are the end products...
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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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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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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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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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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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The industrial revolution in brewing beer
26
FEB
2019

The industrial revolution in brewing beer

Scientific and technological discoveries led to a veritable revolution in the 19th century. Brewing was now an industrial activity. Pils was also brewed for the first time in the small Czech town...
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