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What is beer?

Beer is alcoholic drink made from fermented grain. It has four basic ingredients:

Water – comes from the sky, lives in rivers, lakes and taps.
Malt – grain (typically barley) that has started to sprout and then been put in a kiln to kill it and provide the sugar.
Hops – a green flower that provides the bitterness, flavour and aroma to the beer (also acts as a preservative).
Yeast – a fungi that eats sugar and as a waste product creates alcohol (and carbon dioxide).

Other stuff can be in added to beer but this is all you need to make magic happen.

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6 comments on “What is beer?

  1. Excellent website Paul!
    Also, Ross and I are keen to enrol full time in Beer School as soon as Semester One commences!

    • Hi Jules.
      Thanks for your message. Glad to hear you were good at school, are you still there? If so you might want to try some other parts of the internet that have more age appropriate material.

      Tell me more about this Facebook like link thing? Are you some kind of techno wizard?


      • Hi Jules,
        I gave my IT team a good talking to and promised them a liquid bonus and they seem to have worked it out. Thanks for the feedback.

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    • Thanks Brent – so nice to hear the feedback. Some new stuff should be going up in a day or two including our new feature beer which has a very Californian feel. Cheers.

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