Welcome to a rundown on some of the basics about beer…
Beer simplified is really about four essential ingredients and knowing these should help to increase your beer knowledge.
With how water can account up to so much for the beer, quality is of key importance. There are times were their may be a manipulation of its minerals to meet what’s needed for certain requirements for a beer style.
Grains bring key things to the beer that provide the needed character and backbone. Without this starch source, then you have nothing to ferment.
There really are only two types of yeast, top and bottom. One produces ales and the other produces lagers. The choice between them is based on the beer style desired.
Hops will bring four key things to the beer which also includes the flavoring. But, hops will be that final touch in most cases that will make a beer possibly stand out, especially in the craft beer world.
So we have covered what are the basics to beer and the last takeaway would be the following: there are only two types of beers, and all styles derive from them. Even beers that add adjuncts such as wheat beers are still derivatives of the ale style. There are many variations, but there are only two styles.
That concludes Beer Basics…thank you for your time!
What Makes A Beer?
• Starch Source ( Commonly Malted Barley )
• Flavoring ( Commonly Hops )
How these are combined dictates how the beer is
Importance of Water
Water can account from 90 to
95% of the makeup of a beer!
…Making Its Quality of High
Starch ( Malted Grains )
1. Color – Grains define the color of the beer.
2. Protein – Grains produce the proteins which form and hold the
3. Flavor – Grains lay the base flavor foundation of the beer against
which hops, yeast and/or adjuncts will offset.
4. Maltose – These are the sugars taken from the grains for which
the yeast can induce fermentation. The sugars are converted into
alcohol and co2.
5. Dextrins – These are taken form the grains and are what help to
create a mouthfeel in the beer. It is these that tell you if a beer is
full-bodied, medium bodied or light bodied.
1.Ale Yeast – Top Fermenting
2.Lager Yeast – Bottom Fermenting
There are only two main types…
But there are many variations
from both strains and will
depend on the beer desired.
Flavoring ( Hops )
1. Bitterness – The hops are used to offset the sweetness of the malt
and give the beer its bite.
2. Aroma – The aroma often gathered from beer is due to the hops
and their hop oils that blend into the beer.
3. Flavor – It’s not just about the bitterness with hops. Chosen
correctly, hops can add to the complexity of the beer and bring a
distinctness to it.
4. Balance – Hops are preservatives and their use brings stability
and longer life to the beer. Their inclusion helps to keep away any
There are only 2 styles of beers: Ale and Lager
But there are many types of styles…