At some point in your adult life, you have probably ordered a sample of beers from your local brewery. What you probably noticed first was that the color of all of them was different. So why is this?
Lucky Girl Brewing Company is a brewery with food located in Paw Paw. Our mission is to provide you a warm, cozy place to meet friends and enjoy beer, BBQ, and great conversation. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons beer is different colors. Visit us today!
WHAT DETERMINES THE COLOR OF BEER?
Malts overwhelmingly determine the color of your beer. To keep it simple, you can remember this tidbit: the more malts you roast, the darker your beer will be. This process is known in the beer world as browning. Malt is typically heated in a kiln (if you ever get the chance to tour a brewery, these will be the huge containers you see that hold the beer). Malt is the grain that is used in your beer, typically barley. By adjusting the temperature, the brewmaster will be adjusting the color as well.
Another factor that comes into play in the malting process is what is known as mashing. Mashing is how long the barley sits in the water, or steeps in the water, as well as at what temperature your beer steeps at. The longer the mixture is in contact with the grains, the deeper the color. You have probably noticed this effect if you drink tea. The water’s pH level can also affect the color.
After you let your beer steep, it’s time for a break — for both you and the beer. The beer is now removed from the mash and is not called wort. This helps to remove malt particles, which clears the beer up.
The beer now sits, and whatever particles remain in the mixture can affect the color, as well as what yeast is used.
The purpose of filtering is to remove any lingering particles from the beer, leaving it clearer. Cloudy beers have not gone through the filtering process.
Now, what Lucky Girl Brewing Company didn’t talk about was the chemical reactions that happen throughout the entire beer brewing process. These chemical reactions are ultimately what is behind the browning and mashing stages. Notably, two important chemical reactions happen: maillard reactions and caramelization. Scientists still don’t fully understand maillard reactions, but essentially, it’s when proteins and sugars interact when heated to form new flavors, aromas, and colors. Caramelization is what happens when you heat up grains to the point they produce sugars. The longer this caramelization takes place, the darker your beer will get.
CHOOSE LUCKY GIRL BREWING COMPANY AS YOUR LOCAL BREWERY
Lucky Girl Brewing Company truly feels privileged and lucky that you have chosen us for your respite. We have worked diligently to bring you great tasting beer and wine, as well as food, so that you can relax after a long week at work. We invite you to visit our local brewery with food and experience for yourself our difference. Stop by today!