Whether you are a casual drinker or a serious connoisseur, you probably do not give much thought about the incredible effort that goes behind the brew you are enjoying. The fact is that there are numerous interesting and little known tidbits from stories of the brewers themselves, scientific explanations and inventions and laws created just for beer. So how would you like to know a few facts about beer and brewing? Here we shall take a look at 11 unknown facts about beer brewing.
- Peruvian spit beer
Peruvian corn beer known as Chicha has spit as its secret ingredient. We all know that the human mouth can host many strange enzymes and bacteria, but did you know that some of these can be used in the malting process that used in brewing beer? this implies that fermentation of the corn can be initiated by chewing and moistening the corn in your mouth before spitting it out and adding it to the beer mix soaked in saliva. Nowadays most people have replaced the spit with malted barley, but there are still some people who, to date; still make it with the spit.
- Beer and water
Did you know that water a critical factor in the quality of a beer? No amount of fine ingredients or skill will substitute the quality of water used in brewing beer. You will find many breweries choosing their location solely due to the fact that the is quality water in the vicinity. Purity of the water is key; that explains why most home brewers find unpleasant surprises because they use chlorinated tap water. It is good to note that water in various places differ in taste hence in the beer making quality. Also, many people hold the belief that the best waters for making beer come from the mountains of Ireland; what makes Guinness.
- Beer and Marijuana
Did you know that beer and marijuana are close relatives? the Cannabaceae family which includes the marijuana plant, cannabis sativa, also include the flavoring agent in beer known as hops.
- The Foam
The foam at the top of a beer glass is very critical as it speaks volumes about the beer quality. The lack of this foamy head can mean that the beer is bland-tasting and probably flat. According to foam enthusiasts, the Holy Grail is the Brussels lace, foam that when the glass is emptied, stays on the glass forming a lace-like pattern. This is only possible beer of high-quality. You will never find Brussels Lace on a dirty beer glass, so the drinker will know their beer glass has not been properly cleaned.
- Darkness is good for beer.
- The hop compounds usually react with ultraviolet light and emit a skunky aroma. To prevent this, beer is usually stored in brown bottles.
- In Egypt, the pyramids builders used to receive about 4 litres of beer a day. The Nile water was so polluted that beer was regarded a healthier drink.
- Did you know that there is a name for the fear of having an empty beer bottle? Cenosillicaphobia. Now you know.
- This might sound rather disgusting, but did you know that facial hair can produce drinkable beer? An Oregon brew master has discover how to collect yeast from his beard for use in fermenting beer.
- Brewing beer was the responsibility of women in most ancient societies
- We all know pasteurization in milk, but did you know that Louise Pasteur tested the bacteria killing process in beer before turning to milk?
- Over 30,000 people visit Denver each fall for ‘The Great American Beer Festival’. At the festival people talk about beer, drink beer, learn about home brew beer and can even try a few kinds of home brew beer.
Now you can go have that beer talk with your drinking buddies in between sips with these sharable beer facts. For home brewers now you know how to avoid those unpleasant surprises with these amazing facts.