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  • Beer and Ale NetRing
    The "Beer and Ale NetRing" is for any websites about beer & ale, including microbrews, home brewing, recipes, books and other references, the industry, history, and collectibles. If you have a webpage about beer, join today. If you have more than one, you may add all of them!

  • Root Beer Barrel Buddies
    The community for those that want to enhance their beer enjoyment through the delicious root beer barrel drink.

  • All You Ever Wanted To know About Beer

    Beer is an alcoholic beverage that is the world’s third most popular drink. Beer is made from the process of brewing. Brewing is created from a process involving starches which are fermented, hops which adds flavor as well as herbs and malted barley. There are two basic types of beers that are brewed, pale larger and ale which is brewed regionally and falls into a few sub categories – stout, brown ale and pale ale. Beer comes in several different levels of strength which ranges from 2% abv right up to 21% abv. The average beer is approximately 5% abv.  ABV is the volume strength and how it is measured. All beer has to display the abv amount on all bottles, cans and draft beer and is a legal requirement.

    Beer has a very long history behind it; the oldest record of beer in the history books is in 6001bc which was recorded in Egypt. The oldest chemical scientific evidence dates back to 3500bc in Iran. The evidence shows that carbohydrates were fermented along with flowers and herbs to create a beer like substance. The spread of beer across the world was mainly due down to the tribes who visited each other like the Celtics. Beer was brewed on a domestic and public level during the time and what they drank would be far from what we know as beer today. They used a collection of fruit, plants, honey, spices that were readily available and even some different types of drugs (narcotics). They did not have hops at the time as they did not understand the process yet, that had to be developed.  Hops were recorded as being added to the process in 820ad and 1066ad. Beer was also revolutionized during the industrial revolution and became brewed solely in breweries. This industrial manufacture of beer meant that the process and development could really take off. In addition to the brewing process new technologies were produced; thermometers and hydrometers.

    The process of making or brewing beer as it is known, is to turn wort via the use of yeast which ferments the wort into beer. Wort in a starchy sugary liquid made from malted barley and hot water. The malted barley is mashed in a mash tun which takes about two hours for the starch to turn and convert into sugar which is then sieved so that the grains are no longer part of the wort. The grains are separately washed which is known as “sparging”, this process lets the brewer collect as much of the fermented liquid as possible so that there is no waste. The weaker the wort the less percentage the final beer will have. The wort is then put into a copper kettle where it is boiled so that all that is left of the wort is the starch/sugar solution. The hop and any other flavors are added. It is then left to cool. After cooling the yeast is added so that the beer can ferment. The fermented beer is them put in kegs or bottle/can and is ready to drink.

    There is a very long and interesting culture when it comes to beer which includes festivals, pub crawling, games, billiards and advertising of the breweries which involves the pubs and bars them selves.  


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