The Creation touR
The starting point of this adventure is the field, where the ingredients most used in beer come from: the grain and the hops. In addition to these, it also has water and a natural fermenting agent, the yeast.
Once harvested, the barley undergoes a process of forced germination, which helps to generate components that will be necessary for the brewing process, as well as aroma and flavor compounds. At the end of the process, we will then have the malt.
The malt is sent to the breweries where it will be processed. It is milled and mixed with water, releasing enzymes, starch (which will be transformed into simple sugars), and its other components. This compound is called mash. After undergoing filtering to remove the grain husks, the mash heads to the next step.
The mash is then heated in a process called cooking. In this step, the hops are added and transformations related to the color, aroma, and flavor of the beer take place.
After this step, the mash is sent to a decanter where any remaining suspended substance is removed.
Next, the liquid is cooled in order to start the next step.
Here begins the most important part of this journey, where the mash encounters the yeasts that transform the sugar released into alcohol, carbon dioxide, and aroma and flavor compounds, in a natural process known as fermentation.
After fermentation, we can already call the resulting liquid beer, which now rests a little to round out the characteristics of the beverage and attain the best result for the style chosen. This process is known as maturation.
Now the beer is nearly ready to reach its destination. Depending on the type of beer desired, it may still pass through one more process called filtration. In this process, the last solid particles are removed, making the liquid brighter and more crystalline.
The union of the ingredients along the way ended up transforming into the beer that we know. However, it is important to remember that ingredients can be easily affected by the environment and need protection. Therefore, the beer is bottled at the end of the journey, preventing contact with the oxygen in the air. In addition, it is important to keep it away from light and heat. That way, it can be properly appreciated with the ideal flavor.