Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. It’s made from water, grain malts (such as barley, wheat, oats and more), hops and yeast. Brewers can add other ingredients to the mix, such as spices, fruits or herbs, during or after fermentation to give a variety of tastes and textures to their beers.
The brewing process includes boiling the wort to get rid of any remaining sugars and enzymes before adding the hops. The hops add bitterness to balance out the sugar from the wort and also act as a natural preservative.
A number of different hops are used to create a variety of flavors in the beer. Some beers have aroma hops, while others have bittering hops.
Yeast is added to the brewed beer to help convert the sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide during the primary fermentation phase. The yeast will also change the flavor of the beer.
The beer is then left to mature and expand its flavours and complexity during secondary fermentation. This takes place over several weeks.
There are many types of beer and each type has its own unique taste and texture. This is why it is important to try as many different beers as you can!
The first step is to determine what style of beer you want to enjoy. There are many different styles to choose from, including hoppy IPAs, malty stouts and porters, smooth lagers and crisp wheat beers.