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Beer Myth Busting

Myth: Darker beer is more bitter and more alcoholic than lighter colored beers.

Beer color is determined by the type of malted barley used, for example pale malt produces a golden ale while roasted malt produces a beer that is more brown. The type of malt has a lot to do with the sweetness of the beer as well as other important beer flavors (yum flavor) but practically nothing to do with the bitterness. Hops are what impart bitterness into the brew and they come in a huge variety of flavors. It is a cousin to cannabis (for those of you that partake) and that will begin to describe the different flavors available. Dependent on the strain and the types of resins that lurk on the bud's surface. I likes me some hops.

The amount of alcohol is determined not so much by the type of malted barley but the amount used in the brew, for example the malt used for our IPA produces a much lighter color than the German Amber that we brewed previously, but is 7% rather than Amber's 5% because of the amount of malt we used.



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Apr. 28th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
Damnit, these non-stop posts about beer keep making drool. I need to come over and satisfy this craving.
May. 1st, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
For real! We have no plans this weekend and the IPA is good! (Plus we still have Amber saved for you.)
May. 1st, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
Oooh, yes. I need to drink that beer while I fix up the baja bug!! I will find some free time to claim it, I swear!!
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