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Brewing Adjuncts: More Than Yeast, Hops, Water and Malt

When you think about beer ingredients, chances are good that you can come up with the classic four. Every beer needs some combination of water, yeast, hops and malt. Otherwise, it’s not beer. If you follow the dictates of the German beer purity law (the Reinheitsgebot), then that’s probably the end of it for you. However, craft brewers are more and more frequently going beyond the pale in terms of what they’re adding to beer, and it results in some interesting, and often delicious, results.

 

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Home Brewing Skyrockets – A Look at the Benefits for Newbies

Home brewing is certainly nothing new – it’s actually a throwback to the roots of brewing, when families made their own brews because there were few alternatives. That changed in the US with the rise of big breweries, but the modern resurgence in brewing at home truly is something new, or rather, something old happening for new reasons. Why is home brewing gaining so much steam? Here are some interesting reasons cited by actual home brewers.

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Beer Character – Breaking Down the Flavor Equation

American beer drinkers once had only watery, weak options when it came to their beer choices. However, the rise of craft brewing has changed that irrevocably and consumers today have access to a very wide range of beer options with a variety of different characteristics. In fact, sampling the various styles of beer out there can be an incredible experience. Beer tastings give you the chance to explore your various options but those new to “tasting” their beer can find some of the terms used to describe a beer a bit confusing. For instance, what exactly is a “hoppy” beer? What does a “malty” beer taste like? 

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Adding Some “Spice” – Craft Brewers Turn to Interesting Ingredients

The days of “a beer is a beer” are long gone. While big beer might not have gotten the message yet that bland, boring beer is out (and who cares if they ever do), craft brewers are definitely on the leading edge of innovation when it comes to taste and flavor for their brews. Increasingly, more and more brewers are choosing to add ingredients to their brews to make them stand out and add unique character. What are some of the more popular options out there? Here’s a quick rundown, and some of these might surprise you.

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Craft Mead – The Nectar of the Gods Comes to the 21st Century

The craft beer world has been making headlines for quite some time now as more and more Americans make the switch from mass produced, bland beer options to small batch brews with flavor, character and real taste. However, beer’s not the only thing on the menu these days. Craft mead is actually becoming more and more popular in today’s world and you might just find that local mead producers in your area have some rather tempting options to offer you. What is mead? Should you bother with it? Let’s take a look at what it is, where it came from and where it’s going in the modern era.

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Female Brewers: A Growing Focus

When you take a peek inside the craft brew industry, chances are good that you’re going to find lots of men. That holds true on both sides of the Pond – men dominate both the UK and American craft beer scenes. That doesn’t mean that there are no female brewers out there though. In fact, things might just be changing in this traditionally male-dominated world. What’s on tap here? There are quite a few things going on.

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Who Benefits from a Craft Beer Guide?

Craft beer is all the rage today – you’ll find it being served everywhere from your local brewpub to the White House. With that popularity has come an incredible diversity of brands and styles, too. You will find a rich experience in the world of craft beer, but it can be a confusing place for those new to the industry. This is where a craft beer guide comes into play. What is a craft beer guide and who can benefit from one?

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Budweiser Makes Strides in Reducing Water Consumption

Ask any beer lover and you'll learn that water is an essential ingredient of beer – there's simply no replacement for it. However, water is also one of the most important substances on the planet and finding ways to conserve water is vital. Many areas of the globe suffer from water shortages, and many companies have stepped up to help curb water waste. 

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What Are Noble Hops?

We're all familiar with the fact that hops are found in our beer. Many of us even prefer "highly hopped" brews. If you have paid attention at all to the beverages you're consuming, then you know that hops are an integral part of the brewing process and have probably at least heard of noble hops. What are they, though? Let's take a closer look at the four noble varieties and what makes them "noble."

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Craft Brewing – Coming to a College Near You?

It's no secret that America's craft brew industry has hit all time highs. Craft beer is almost anywhere you look these days, from your local watering hole to beer fests that draw in crowds from around the nation. However, it might be somewhere that you didn't expect to find it – in your local education system. There is at least one college in Washington offering brewing courses – is there one in your area?

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Gluten-Free Beer – Helping Those with Gluten Intolerance Enjoy Great Beer

For most of recorded history, beer has been made with grains like barley and wheat. However, for many people, this is a problem. That's because these grains contain gluten, and those with a gluten-intolerant condition can become very ill from consuming it. For those with a gluten-intolerance problem, consuming products that contain gluten can start an autoimmune reaction that leads to serious problems. Therefore, traditionally brewed beers cannot be enjoyed by those with this medical condition. Does that mean that they can't pop open a cold one and enjoy it? Well, that may once have been the case, but there are some innovative breweries out there that are giving these folks more options.

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Dark Days for Craft Beer Ahead

The times are looking dark for craft beer – dark in color, that is.  The winter is traditionally reserved for heavier, darker beers, and with spring still some time off, there are plenty of opportunities to find out what dark beers offer.  In fact, a growing number of beer lovers prefer to have dark brews throughout the year.  Whether you are just looking for a seasonal dark or you want a dark beer that will take you through to next winter, there are plenty of options out there.

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Cans and Bottles and Contention, Oh My!

There is a considerable amount of contention out there in the beer world today. While there are controversies over label design and the never-ending battle of "my beer is better than yours," there's a fight brewing over something else – that of cans versus bottles.  Which is better?  Why is one better than the other, anyway?

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Craft Beer Gets Exotic – The Strangest Ingredients

When you think of craft beer, what basic ingredients do you think of?  If you're like most folks, you probably think of hops, barley (or wheat), malt, yeast and cold, clear, clean water.  If you've been enjoying craft beer for some time, then you might think of a few more – lemon, orange, strawberry and other fruit flavors are used to a considerable degree.  However, for those with more adventurous taste buds, there are some rather exotic options out there. 

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