Monday, November 3, 2008

Beer Myths Revisited

When you scan through the Frequently Asked Question section of any homebrew website – as I’m sure you often do – you find the same questions appearing again and again. It seems that there are some common misconceptions around when it comes to brewing and beer drinking in general. As such, I am taking it upon myself to create a forum in which all those curly questions are answered called; That’s Just Bullshit, Isn’t It?

Q. You can’t brew beer without sugar.
A. That’s not a question. But beer can be brewed without common forms of sugar like sucrose, dextrose and maltose. The Germans have been brewing with nothing but malt since God’s dog was a pup and their beers are generally regarded as pretty fair. Sugars are often used in conjunction with malt to lighten the body and the cost of the beer. Some commercial brewers are proud of this.

Q. You shouldn’t wash your beer glasses with detergent.
A. Again, this is a statement, not a question. It is a long held falsehood that beer glasses should not come into contact with detergents as they break down the head and leave the beer soapy. We have English Ales for that. Just kidding. You need to wash glasses with detergent to remove traces of hop oils and head scum but you must ensure that you rinse all trace of the detergent with first warm and then cold water before drying with a clean towel.

Q. Carlton Cold is labelled just like beer. Why?
A. I don’t know.

Q. Is there really a difference in taste between stubbies and cans?
A. Yes. Stubbies are made from glass not aluminium and are therefore harder to chew. But beer from stubby or can is the same as long as you pour it out into a clean glass first.

Q. I drink a popular brand of beer and yet I can’t get a root. Why?
A. It might be because you have been tricked by beer marketing men into thinking that by drinking their beer you can negate the effects of a bogan attitude to women and poor hygiene. It may also be because you’re ugly and your mum dresses you funny.

Q. What are the names of the blokes in the XXXX advert and what really is the story with them? You know what I mean.
A. I do know what you mean. The men you speak of are Macca, PJ, Harry and Jacko. They could just as easily have been Puddin’ Head, Bluey, Knackers and Shags. And yes, I do think it odd that these guys seem to have spent a greater deal of time holidaying than their combined earning potential would suggest they could with no other company than a slobbering dog and a machine that vibrates, launches toys and shoots video. Even to a Queenslander, this must seem just a little odd.

Q. Will you consider doing another of these Q & A’s?
A. Yes, yes I will.

Stay tuned.


Prof. Pilsner

Please feel free to submit any real questions you may have. It will be a good chance to interact with the Beer Blokes and will stop me from taking the opportunity to simply amuse myself.


Tim said...

Some of the other myths are hot side aeration. A bit of splashing is not going to mess up your beer - have the HSA beleivers ever been to a commercial brewery and seen the mash being pumped from the mash tun to the lauter tun?

Stuck sparge. The sparge is not stuck at all, the mash has set.

Stuck mash. The mash has probably worked a treat, so technically its not stuck. The mash has just set.

You need to aerate your wort with pure C02 - actually aeration of teh full wort volume. Basically as long as there is enough healthy yeast in a well oxygenated started you will be fine.

I could go on! Also there is beer style pronouncation. It seems the Yanks have bastardised these even further.
What is a Heff? A hefe weissen is actually pronounced 'haffa vise en'

Lambick should be pronounced 'Lombique'

Schwartzbier is 'sch varts beer'

Again I can go on, but I wont!

Beer Blokes said...

Thanks Tim,
Again you have given me a giggle and a few ideas for somemore beer mythbusting. I did a bit on beer pronounciation a fair while back - I might revisit that one too.

Apologies for the delay in replying but I have just got back from Tassie and am slowly catching up with this and my mates' blogs.