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BEER
by Ricardo Roces

Beer has been your friend. It helped you get through college, you made friends through it, maybe even found love with it. Beer stuck with you through thick and thin. Maybe it's time we all got to know our friend better. Beer's history is as rich as the brew itself. From paupers to emperors, among poets and soldiers, beer has been universally cherished for ages. So grab your favorite brew, and read on!

If you don't know what the difference is between ale, lager, stout, mead or cider, see the below [former link here for brewstyles: Brewvine now dead] 

Basic Beer Ingredients: 

Water, hops, barley supplemented by corn, rice or sugar. Some breweries claim their water is substantially better, hence better beer. Mountain spring water is one of the most advertised these days. Hops are plants of the genus humulus used for flavoring beer, giving it a bitter flavor and aroma. Its use today is held as a standard, but in beer's history, hops were only introduced in the late Medieval period.

Hop Humulus Lupus

Barley and other grains similar to it are high in starch content. American breweries have a large mix of grains to choose from. Some Asian brews are made from rice. Russian beer is from kvass, or rye bread. Africans can use teff, millet or grass seeds.

Basic Brewing:   Obviously, this is the most basic way to brew beer, and probably unsafe. View the following links or look up books that give accurate recipes to brew the beer your heart and stomach desires. Beer flavor is largely dependent on history and geography. The ingredients and brewing process depend of the terrain and climate of any particular culture. In addition, history plays a part in beer's development through the ages. The reason beer has always been a popular beverage is because of it's shelf life and is adaptability to many climates. It has been produced from the earliest times, in ancient Sumer, Egypt, Greece. Brewed in homes, temples and monasteries, until the Medieval period, when it became a commercial product.

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