Beer Brewing Made Easy
Although it is possible to make beer using raw barley and added enzymes (so-called barley brewing), this is extremely unusual. Unmalted barley alone is unsuitable for brewing beer because (1) it is hard and difficult to mill (2) it lacks most of the enzymes needed to produce fermentable components in wort (3) it contains complex viscous materials that slow down solid-liquid separation processes in the brewery, which may cause clarity problems in beer and (4) it contains unpleasant raw and grainy characters and is devoid of pleasant flavours associated with malt.
The first part of beer manufacture, the enzymatic steps, actually begins far from the brewing facility, in the malting houses that convert barley into malt. It is the malt that serves as the source of the amylases, proteinases, and other enzymes necessary for hydrolysis of large macromolecules, such as starch and protein. For most beers, the malt also serves as the substrates for those enzymes (i.e., malt contains the starch and protein hydrolyzed by malt enzymes). In addition, malt is the primary determinant of color and body characteristics in beer, and influences flavor development. Considering the critical functions that malt contributes to the beer-making process, it is evident that malt quality has a profound influence on beer quality. The manufacture of beer, like that for wine making, bread making, and other food processing technologies, has evolved its own peculiar vocabulary to describe many of the manufacturing steps.Thus, the brewing jargon contains words and phrases...
In the final step prior to fermentation, the wort is pumped into a special heating tank called the brew kettle. It is here that the wort is boiled and other important reactions occur.Be-fore the wort is heated, however, one more essential beer ingredient, hops, is added to the wort. Hops are derived from the plant Homu-lus lupulus (in the family, Cannabinaceae), and although they were not part of the original beer formula, they have been added to beer since the Middle Ages. Why hops came to be used in beer making is not known, but it seems likely that they were added as flavoring agents, then later additional benefits were realized.
Since the beginning of beer making, all the way to the present, brewing strains have been used continuously, being passed down from batch to batch. These strains are highly adapted to wort and beer and are not very amenable to classical strain improvement strategies.That is, trying to select strains, either spontaneously or following mutagenesis, with improved fermentative, flavor-producing, or other relevant properties, is not an easy proposition. In addition, whereas laboratory strains are usually diploid and capable of sporulating and forming haploid spores Finally,the quantitative, global collection of small metabolic products (the metabolome) that appears in the medium during beer manufacture (as measured by NMR, mass spectroscopy, or other analytical methods) provides yet another molecular picture of the beer making process. Several recent reports provide excellent examples of how omic approaches can be used to gain a better understanding of the genetic, cellular, and metabolic...
In attempting to find the reason for governments to ban home distillation, the first thing that comes to mind is the potential loss of revenue. After all, if everyone started making his or her own spirits at home the loss of revenue could be considerable. But this cannot be the real reason because the home production of beer and wine for one's own use is legal, and both are taxable when sold commercially. So, evidently the authorities are not concerned about the loss of revenue from home beer and wine making. And further thought, makes it very unlikely that amateur production of spirits would have any appreciable effect on commercial sales. For one thing, the process is considerably more technical and equipment intensive than beer or winemaking, so it's very unlikely the practice would become any more widespread than beer and wine making. So, if distillation were legalized for amateurs, it would probably become nothing more than an interesting hobby like making beer or wine, and offer...
In this chapter, I focus on the generalities of science and technology that underpin fermentations and the organisms involved. We look at commonalities in terms of quality, for example, the Maillard reaction that is of widespread significance as a source of colour and aroma in many of the foods that we consider. The reader will discover (and this betrays the primary expertise of the author) that many of the examples given are from beer making. It must be said, however, that the scientific understanding of the brewing of beer is somewhat more advanced than that for most if not all of the other foodstuffs described in this book. Many of the observations made in a brewing context translate very much to what must occur in the less well-studied foods and beverages.
Starch is a substance insoluble in water and incapable of undergoing fermentation directly, that is, of being converted into alcohol. In beer-making countries the conversion of the starch into a sugar from which alcohol can be produced is effected by the use of malt, a body formed by allowing the embryo of the barley grain to become partially developed, by which a change in the character of the grain occurs, as the result of which it becomes possessed of certain properties attributed to the existence of a hypothetical substance known as diastase . The peculiarity of diastase is that it is a body containing nitrogen and having the power of rendering thick starch-paste liquid owing to the formation from it of the sugar maltose together with dextrin. Other kinds of diastase occur, as for example in the saliva, and in the pancreas, and these forms, although they resemble in some respects the diastase contained in malt differ from it in other particulars. Thus, the diastase of malt is not...
Every kind of grain, with perhaps hardly an exception, may be employed for the purposes of the brewer. In America it is not uncommon to make beer with the seeds of Indian corn or Zea mais. In order to convert it into malt, it is found necessary to bury it for some time under the ground and when germination lias made sufficient progress, it is dug up and kiln-dried. (See Philosophical Transactions, vol. xii., p. 1065.) Mr Mungo Park informs us, that, in Africa the negroes make beer from the seeds of the Holcus spicatus, and the process employed, as he describes it, seems to differ but little from the one followed in this country. (See Park's Travels, p. 63, 8vo edition.) Dioscorides assures us, that in Spain and Britain wheat was employed for the manufacture of beer and the writer of this treatise has been informed by a gentleman in the service of the East India Company, that he )ias made beer from wheat at Madras. We have ourselves seen oats employed for this purpose in Great Britain...
The plethora of types of fermenting vessel mirrors the diversity of brewing operations that are encountered throughout the world. Thus, fermenter design must cater for the requirements of the small unsophisticated cottage industry, brewing beer for domestic consumption, through to the very large ultramodern brewing factory producing brands for the international market place. In between these two extremes is the traditional brewery using vessels with a design pedigree that is centuries old. Other breweries use vessels made to a similar traditional design but constructed from new materials, which are better suited to the modern industry. In addition, the efficiency or ease of use of traditional vessels may be improved by the introduction of new methods for monitoring and controlling the processes occurring within them.
Beer manufacture was, in fact, one of the first industrial fermentations to be studied and characterized, and was the subject of scientific inquiry by early microbiologists and biochemists. The very development of those scientific disciplines coincides with the study of beer and other fermented foods (Box 9-1). In particular, the science of beer making was revolutionized in 1876 by Pasteur, who not only showed that yeasts were the organisms responsible for the fermentation, but also that the presence of specific organisms were associated with specific types of spoilage. Pasteur also developed processes to reduce contamination and preserve the finished product. It is worth noting that even today, preventing beer spoilage by microorganisms is still an important challenge faced by the brewing industry.
Only four ingredients are necessary to make beer water, malt, hops, and yeast. Despite its ancient origins and long history, and this seemingly short list of ingredients, the manufacture of a quality beer remains a rather challenging task. In part, this is because beer making consists of several different and distinct processes that are not always easy to control. In addition, some steps taken to improve one aspect of the process for example, filtering the finished In this chapter, therefore, a third phase, consisting of important post-fermentation activities, also will be discussed.These latter steps of the beer-making process, some might argue, are among the most important, since they have
The process of preparing sake followed in the large breweries of Itami and Nishi-nomiya is very nearly the same, and may be easily divided into distinct periods, but sake is also very frequently prepared in much smaller establishments, in which case, properly speaking, only two divisions can be noticed, viz. the preparation of moto, and the principal process. The chemical changes which occur will be very easily understood after the details which have been given in the preceding part, but it will not be found possible to make a distinct separation between the solution of the starch and the actual fermentation as can be done in beer brewing. In that industry the starch is converted into sugar and dextrin during the operation of mashing, after which the diastase is destroyed by boiling before the fermentation is allowed to begin, but in the manufacture of sake these two processes go on at the same time, except during the first few days. In this respect, therefore, the brewing of sake...
For the first 5,000 years that humans made and consumed beer, little was known about the actual scientific principles involved in its manufacture. Beer making was an art, practiced by craftsmen. Only in the last 150 years have biochemists and microbiologists identified the relevant organisms and metabolic pathways involved in the beer fermentation. In the past ten years alone, the entire genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (albeit, a lab strain, not an actual brewing strain) has been sequenced, with nearly half of the genes now having an assigned function. This sequence information is now being used to understand yeast physiology, especially as it relates to brewing (Box 9-10). However, despite this knowledge, and the thousands of years of practice, the brewing process is still far from perfect, and producing consistent, high-quality beer is still a challenge, even for large, highly sophisticated brewers. In addition, economic pressures, quality concerns, and perhaps most importantly,...
Activity, but that appears to be destroyed some time before the moto is completely finished. At the end of this stage the yeast ferment though not vigorous, is well formed and only requires a fresh addition of food to commence growing with renewed activity. It may, indeed, be said that the preparation of moto has for its main object the production of a healthy ferment, so that the use of the moto in the subsequent operations answers very nearly to the yeast added to the wort in beer brewing.
In the previous sections we have seen that the sugar formed by the action of the koji upon the starch of the rice grain undergoes fermentation, that is, is converted into alcohol, carbonic acid, and some other products in smaller quantity. It is now generally admitted that the production of these bodies is the result of the growth of some form of organism, which, in the majority of cases, is a species of the genus Saccharomyces. In beer brewing the yeast ferment is added to the wort after cooling, and then finding the necessary food present it goes on growing and budding rapidly, producing, in addition to the substance of the newly formed cells, alcohol and carbonic acid as the results of its growth. These cells
Many kinds of polysaccharides cannot be enzymatically broken down, and thus cannot be fermented. The dextrins produced in a beer-making wort are not fermentable, and give the beer its body. A few special types of carbohydrates are very widely made by plants. Two of the most familiar are starch and cellulose, both of which are made up of chains of glucose molecules. Starch and cellulose differ in how they are linked together. Starch is built in exactly the same way as maltose and amylose, with every glucose molecule joined to the next on their lower side (this is called an alpha linkage). In cellulose, the molecules are joined together from the lower side of one to the upper side of the next, called a beta linkage. Although the diagram shows all the sugar molecules right side up , in the beta linkage, every other one is actually upside down . Here are diagrams of starch and cellulose.
Making pure ethyl alcohol at home is a satisfying and profitable hobby for those who live in countries where it is legal to do so. Do-it-yourself types, who currently enjoy making beer or wine, find it particularly interesting because it is a logical extension of both these activities. There is the same fermentation stage where sugar is turned into alcohol but then, instead of drinking the brew, it is subjected to a very rigorous purification process. This process is fractional distillation, a scientific procedure which can be guaranteed to produce a perfect product every time a sparkling, crystal clear alcohol of almost pharmaceutical quality. It might well be asked why anyone should bother to read about a procedure which is illegal, or learn how to build equipment which it's illegal to own. The answer is that this is the first step, the necessary step, in changing the law so that such an innocent hobby becomes as legal as making beer and wine.
Making pure ethyl alcohol at home could be a satisfying and profitable hobby for those who live in countries where it is legal to do so. Do-it-yourself types who currently enjoy making beer or wine would find it particularly interesting because it is a logical extension of both these activities. There is the same fermentation stage where sugar is turned into alcohol, but instead of drinking the brew we subject it to a very rigorous purification process. This process is fractional distillation, a scientific procedure which can be guaranteed to produce a perfect product every time --- a crystal clear alcohol of almost pharmaceutical quality. Individuals in New Zealand, Italy and several other countries already enjoy the freedom to distil alcohol at home for their own use. It is hoped that the publication of this book will eventually make it possible for amateurs in all countries to make their own vodka, gin and other spirits in the same manner that they now make beer and wine.
Despite the low pH, high ethanol content, and hop antimicrobials ordinarily present in beer, microorganisms are responsible for many (but certainly not all) of the defects that occur in beer. Chemical and physical defects are also common and can cause significant problems for brewers. However, preventing or minimizing entry and growth of microbial contaminants throughout the beer-making process is absolutely essential for consistent manufacture of high quality beer. This is no simple matter, because fungi, wild yeasts, and bacteria are naturally present as part of the normal microflora of the raw ingredients, the brewery environment, and the brewing equipment. Moreover, even if a heat or filtration step is included at the end of the beer-making process, the damage may have already been done.
Given the importance of yeast to the brewing industry, it is not surprising that so much attention has been devoted to understanding the physiological properties of Saccharomyces cere-visiae. Most brewing strains, as noted elsewhere, are very different from ordinary laboratory strains.This is because the beer and the brewing environment in which these strains have been grown for hundreds of years is quite unlike the docile conditions in the laboratory. Thus, most brewing strains have been screened and selected on the basis of their ability to grow well in wort and on their overall beer-making performance. Strains also have been modified by classical breeding programs such that specific traits are (or are not) expressed. More recently, the application of molecular techniques have made it possible to directly and specifically alter yeast physiology by introducing genes that encode for specific properties.
Other publications deal adequately with the subject of single-cell process. The key success of single-culture process is to provide the culture with a sterile substrate and environment with no contamination during the process. Single-cell process is a manmade situation classified as a controlled process because the substrate is prepared and processed in such a way as to minimize contamination. Examples of this type of process are wine making, beer making, bread making, single-culture dairy product fermentation, and vinegar production. The kinetics of growth and product formation are easier to control and monitor.
Despite the importance of flocculation in the brewing process, the physical-chemical basis of this property is not well understood. Ale yeasts, in general, have been reported to be more hy-drophobic than lager yeasts, due to differences in cell surface charges, but it is not clear that this property affects flocculation. Rather, it now appears that flocculation occurs as a result of lectin-like domains, contained within cell surface proteins, that bind in the presence of ionic calcium to mannans (mannose-containing chains) located on the surface of adjacent cells. Floccu-lation is also a heritable property, meaning it has a genetic basis. Several genes have been identified in S. cerevisiae that code for proteins involved in flocculation, and efforts are now under way to manipulate floc gene expression during beer making (Box 9-7).
Barley grains may be partially germinated and heat treated to give the material known as malt, which contains a variety of sugars besides starch (Table 4.5). Malt is the main substrate for brewing beer and lager in many countries. Malt extracts may also be prepared from malted grain.
This part of the sake manufacturing process, therefore, shares similarity with the beer-brewing process, in which malt is used to convert the starch (in barley) to simple sugars. The other major difference that distinguishes sake production from wine is that the saccharification step just described and the actual ethanolic fermentation step occur simultaneously or in parallel. In other words, nearly as soon as sugars are made available by action of koji enzymes, they are quickly fermented by sake yeasts.The implications of these parallel processes will be discussed below.
It was this change in the use of the malt which occasioned the great falling off in the London porter, which has been so much complained of, and ascribed to so many causes. We do not believe that the schemes of Mr Jackson, of notorious memory, though they enriched himself, produced the injurious effects upon the London breweries that have been ascribed to them. This man, whose character was notorious, kept an apothecary's shop on Tower-Hill and speculating on the means of amassing a speedy fortune, he hit upon the idea of brewing beer from various drugs instead of malt and hops. But instead of commencing practical brewer himself, he struck out the more profitable trade of teaching his process to the London brewers. Mrs Piozzi informs us, that even from one great brewer he contrived to realise an
Before discussing distillation we need to make the alcohol. Many of you who read this book will have been making beer or wine for years and will have all the know-how and equipment you need for fermenting sugar to a potable alcohol. There may be others who aren't quite as familiar with the process, but even for the beer and wine makers perhaps especially for the beer and wine makers it is necessary to explain that fermenting for alcohol production is a very different type of operation to fermenting for wine and beer. This will be explained later on in the chapter dealing with procedures, but for now just accept that fermenting for pure alcohol production is a very crude and very simple operation compared with the great care required for making a fine wine or a palatable beer. All you will be concerned with is speed and simplicity and not at all with taste because we're not going to drink the stuff.
Gravity down to zero (1.000) in about ten days. Don't worry about the extra time involved in making beer this way, inasmuch as your beer is ageing in the carboy and will be ready that much sooner after bottling. In any case, when these two things occur, i.e. the brew is reasonably clear and the gravity is down to 1,000, the time has come for bottling. Save your yeast. At this time you can get your yeast back for your next brew by swirling the sediment in the bottom of the carboy and, using a small funnel, pour it into a clean beer bottle and cap immediately. Place this bottle in the crisper part of your refrigerator where it won't freeze. The next time you make beer you will not have to grow your yeast but merely take this bottle from the refrigerator, open it and add it to the wort when the wort is properly cooled. This yeast starter will be good in the refrigerator for approximately three to five weeks in the case of Lager yeast and two to three weeks for Ale yeast.
Tie a cloth or secure a sheet of polythene with elastic over the vessel to keep out the flies. The ideal temperature is 65-75 degrees F., that is, about the range of a room in summertime. Cooler temperatures mean slower fermentation. This is no advantage in beer-making it merely holds up regular production, so find a warm corner for the brew, or else use some simple heater, in cold weather. A thick foam builds up on the surface within 24 hours skim this off. It contains impurities which may make the beer slow to clear. Thereafter leave the brew in peace till the yeast has done its work.
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