7 of the most common myths about beer, debunkedFri 07 2017 | admin
Beer has been around for thousands of years. And though it’s one of the most popular beverages in the world, it’s also commonly misunderstood.
Even regular drinkers frequently cite myths about how beer can get skunked or how many calories dark beers contain.
We talked to Sheri Jewhurst and Xavier Jirau, respectively the “dictator” and scientific adviser for Brooklyn homebrew club The Brewminaries, to get to the truth about beer.
How many of these facts did you already know?
1. When beer gets skunked
When cold beer gets warm it gets skunked.
Temperature changes might make beer get stale faster, but won’t skunk your brew. Skunking is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when beer is exposed to light.
2. The relationship between the colour and the strength
Dark beers are strong beers.
Colour has nothing to do with alcohol or caloric content – dark beer’s grains are just roasted longer.
3. Ideal serving temperature
Beer is meant to be served ice cold.
Serving temperature varies by style but you can’t taste beer if it’s too cold. Pilsners and IPAs are usually served around 40 – 44F, while heavier styles are usually served around 55F.
4. The difference between lagers and pilsners
Lagers and pilsners are the same thing.
Pilsners are just one of many lager types. Pilsners are golden and refreshing, but lagers can also be dark, malty and strong.
5. Bottled vs. canned
Canned beers are cheap.
Cans are perhaps the best way to package beers, since they protect from light and oxyen better than bottles.
6. Ageing time
You should age craft beers.
Ageing some high alcohol beers can help them, but hoppy beers, like IPAs, should be consumed as fresh as possible.
7. A beer’s a beer
All beer is basically the same.
There’s an amazing flavour diversity in beer. Styles range from bitter to sweet to sour, and beer can have almost no alcohol or be stronger than wine.
Via Evening Standard