A history of beer and brewing by Ian S Hornsey

By Ian S Hornsey

A historical past of Beer and Brewing presents a accomplished account of the background of beer. study performed over the past zone of the 20 th century has approved us to re-think the best way a few historical civilizations went approximately their beer construction. There have additionally been a few hugely cutting edge technical advancements, a lot of that have ended in the sophistication and potency of twenty first century brewing method. A background of Beer and Brewing covers a time-span of round 8 thousand years and in doing so:·Stimulates the reader to contemplate how, and why, the 1st fermented drinks may need originated·Establishes many of the parameters that surround the various variety of alcoholic drinks assigned the usual identify 'beer'·Considers the potential technique of dissemination of early brewing applied sciences from their close to japanese originsThe e-book is geared toward a large readership quite beer lovers. but the use of unique quotations and references linked to them should still let the intense student to delve into this topic in even higher depth.

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It is assumed that brewers in antiquity used some form of infusion technique, even though it is unlikely that they would have been using well-modified malt. From the study of indigenous brewing techniques from around the world, it becomes obvious that a large number of ways of saccharifying starch exist, and it is tempting to suggest that some of these unusual (to us) extant methods may well have been the means of preparing “wort” several millennia ago. For a thorough account of brewing methods used in the 20thcentury, the reader is directed to Briggs et al.

The normal alcoholic content of saki is around 15% v/v, although it can reach 20%. It is thought that the concept of koji was introduced in ancient times into Japan from China. Until then, the original means of starch saccharification engaged the hydrolytic capabilities of saliva. Raw or boiled rice was chewed and expectorated into a container, where it was mixed with more saliva. By tradition, this method of preparation was carried out only by virgins, and apparently survived until the early 20thcentury in Okinawa!

The lauter-tun is equipped with internal revolving blades (as is the mash-mixer), and these assist with wort run-off, because most of the air in the mash will have been removed as a result of the continual pumping activity. The method outlined above is one of triple-decoction, which enables a wide range of raw materials to be used in the grist. If well-modified malts form a substantial part of the grist, then a slightly less elaborate double-decoction process may be used. In other words, potentially, a wide variety of cereals and adjuncts* can be mashed by decoction, whereas it is only really well-modified barley malt that can be mashed by the infusion method.

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