Category: Wines & Drinks

A Closer Look At What We Drink

There are various types of beer with different flavours. But do we know exactly what goes into the making of it? This article will focus on the main components of beer and how it is prepared. Surprisingly enough, there are only 4 main components namely, malt, water, hops, and yeast.

Water is a major component of beer. Water in different parts of the world can have slight differences because of the variation in its mineral content. But this character subtly affects the taste of beer resulting in the increase in the popularity of beer brewed in certain regions. For example, the water in Burton, an area in Great Britain contains Gypsum. This is particularly beneficial for the production of pale ale. This has become so popular that the brewers of pale ale in other regions have included addition of Gypsum in their manufacturing process. When it comes to the manufacturing process, the beer produced by small-scale independent brewers is called a good craft beer in Australia.

In some countries there are even contests to select who brews the best craft beers.

Malt grain is the most commonly used starch in beer. Starch is the essential element that gets fermented giving the beer a characteristic flavour. You can use either dry or liquid malt. You can get different colours of malt by using different temperatures and times for roasting. Darker malt will produce a darker beer and vice versa. Malt is the source of sugar for the fermentation process. The grain is soaked in water and later dried in a kiln. The majority of the starch in almost all beer is barley malt because of the presence of fibrous husk.

Yeast converts the sugar into alcohol. But as it’s a living organism it needs a lot of care and consideration. Their conditions can’t be too warm or too cold. Therefore the micro conditions have to be carefully monitored to get the best possible result. One strain of yeast can be used multiple times in the brewery. Most types of yeast used in the brewing process don’t affect the flavour of beer. But some beers incorporate yeast strains that give them a specific taste and aroma.

Hops are used to give flavour to the beer. They add a taste of bitterness to the beer and balances out the sweet taste of malt. They impart citrus, floral and herbal aromas and flavours to beer. Flavouring hops are added in the beginning of the boiling process while aroma hops are added later. They contribute to the making of unique styles of beer.

The brewing process and how you use certain ingredients may differ according to the brewer. This is what makes a certain beer special. The brewers are quite tight-lipped when it comes to their individual process and flavours of beer used. Sometimes there are specialty grains that give an extra boost to the flavour. Some examples are chocolate malt, malted rye and biscuit malt. Some also add priming sugar that helps control the carbonation of the beer.

Gifts For The Holiday Season

Holiday seasons is a time for joy and merriment. One of the main sources of joy come in the form of gifts. There’s nothing like gifting the ones you love with that special something they have always wanted or always dreamed about owning, to bring a genuine sense of happiness when they unwrap their present. Here are a few Christmas gifts ideas you might want to consider.

Tablet or Phone

Phones have become a necessity in our day to day lives. Whether its social media, convenient form of communication or even as a source of entertainment, everyone needs a cell phone. Another trending electronic item is the tablet. This comes in a bigger size than a cell phone and is generally used for entertainment or even taking notes. If you are gifting someone who is a workaholic, you may want to consider getting them a decent tablet, since they are most likely going to own a top notch cell phone. If you are gifting a teenager then consider getting them a phone, since they are most likely going to be constantly on social media or messaging.

Luxurious Beverage

For adults, Christmas season is usually a time for drinking and socializing so most people would much appreciate if you get them an exquisite alcoholic beverage. Look for one that is not too common however, such as a Johnny Walker blue label or Macallan 18. The Blue label may be much less than the Macallan 25 price however, but it all depends on which you feel they may appreciate more.

Christmas Hamper

This may not be the cheapest option of gifts, but is one that you can probably gift to an entire family. Common items in these hampers chocolates, fruits and some forms of beverages. If you want to you can add an alcoholic beverage such as a Jim Beam black cherry that might add some more value to the hamper. Click this post it can help you to find out more beverage like Jim Beam cherry.

Make it yourself

Giving a loved one a gift that you make yourself is a great way of showing them you care enough to put in the effort. This is a great gift for any occasion, however it is restricted to people that you may know quite dearly and those that are close to you. Think outside the box when you are making this gift and remember the point of the gift is to show them that you care. Some ideas include photo collages, ornaments or you could even sew them an exclusive clothing item.

However, before you buy a gift, consider your budget and the person you are gifting to. Holiday seasons usually come with plenty of shopping sales and gift vouchers, so this should save you some money.