Its flavor, its color, its soothing effects… Good craft beer is one of the greatest pleasures of life.
Something that is reflected in the great increase in the popularity of this drink worldwide.
Therefore, the interest in craft beer is in crescendo. For example, surely you can tell us the most well known types of beer, but would you be able to mention and explain something about its basic ingredients?
Craft beer: its 4 basic ingredientsOne of the great advantages of the craft beer sector is that there is no limit to the imagination: it only takes a bit of creativity to think about the flavor you would like to incorporate into a beer. Well, that and, of course, knowing what are the 4 basic ingredients of beer. Take note!
WaterIt is the essential ingredient in the elaboration of craft beer. In fact, beer is made up of 95% water. The choice of water that will be used to make craft beers is determined by the properties that are needed: beer brewers must opt for the presence or absence of mineral salts, sulfates, chlorides, lime, etc. Some properties that will undoubtedly be part of the flavor and essence of craft beer. In fact, most of microbreweries choose to treat water, to customize it to their needs: removing or adding salts and minerals depending on the profile of beer they want to make.
The hopsIf there is a peculiarity in the taste of craft beers, it is the bitterness they present. And, the hops, is precisely responsible for it. But this perennial climbing plant fulfills more functions in the elaboration of craft beer:
- Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it performs a function of liquid preservative.
- Hops contribute to the formation and retention of foam.
- It provides dryness and acidity.
- It acts as a natural filter at the end of cooking.