Yeastie magic beastie
We finish the journey from grain to glass.Read more:
Yeast plays the major roll in the miracle of beer.Read more:
Hello Little Weed
Hello again, thank you for joining me on the miraculous journey from grain to glass.Read more:
Old World Beer – How is your Wort?
If you read my last articles you now know that beer is brewed from grain, predominantly barley, and that fresh water is in fact very old.Read more:
South African Beer Culture
Today we are officially starting the South African Beer Culture and every day hence is Beer Culture day!Read more:
What is Beer?
It is amazing, when considering the volume of beer consumed in South Africa, that so few of us know what beer is.Read more:
Our Yeastie magic beastie has completed its work and has, through fermentation, created alcohol and carbon dioxide, but how much? The alcohol content is proportional to the amount of malted grain, or the fermentable sugars created in the mash. When the yeast has used up all the available sugars fermentation virtually stops and the level of alcohol remains constant. But, what about the CO2 – the gas?
In the old days, when beer took its rightful place as an important component in a healthy diet, the beer was naturally matured and conditioned (carbonated). The natural low carbonation was just enough to form a good head and do a little jig on the tongue. It was not unusual for a man to drink 2 or 3 litres of beer and then tuck in to a good-sized meal. Nowadays, commercial beers are so full of CO2 that the rule is, “I’ve had a few small beers, I’m bloated, put the dinner in the dog.” It shouldn’t be that way! No wonder so many people can’t drink gassy beer. Imagine in every glass of beer there are over two glasses of CO2 packed into it. What does this do to the tummy? Absolute bloody mayhem! To make things worse, they say drink the beer freezing cold, probably for two reasons. Anything cold will absorb CO2 and also, so that you can’t actually taste it. So, there you are, drinking a freezing cold CO2 laden beverage and sending it crashing into the tummy. The receptors in the mouth send a warning to the brain that something cold is going down. Now, the duodenum is very sensitive to temperature so to protect it, the pyloric sphincter, (the sphincter between the stomach and the duodenum), slams shut. Where does the gas go? In a warm environment the CO2 is quickly released, the stomach is distended and your hiatus hernia has another little tear in it. But wait – there is more.
It’s my theory that the body thinks it’s under attack. The problem is in the tummy so the first line of defense is to pour extra hydrochloric acid in, and burn the bugger out. The thing is, the gas has now left the stomach, but the acid is still there. So there you are – it’s morning, the acid is attacking your oesophagial reflux and you can’t find the Rennies. So you are eating the chalk off the dartboard again!
Beer is the staff of life – it should be a wonderful experience and in no way threatening. So, if you have experienced the problem don’t stop drinking beer – which would be a terrible thing – just look for one that suits you.
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The premium dark ale - Gilroy Serious
A rich, strong ale for the serious drinker. The amber and dark malts yields a dark warm claret colour to Gilroy Serious. This is extremely well made and easy to drink. A rare handcrafted masterpiece from the southern hemisphere.
B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: NINE
Gilroy Traditional is a Ruby Ale.
Our classic ruby ale - a magnificent explosion of flavours on the tongue. Great rustic flavour in the traditional way. A beer to come home to. Handcrafted red ale, elegantly rustic, a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: EIGHT
Favourite is Gilroy's pale ale.
A superb light ale brewed with paler - golden and amber - malts, and Gilroy's own yeast. This beer is well bodied, easy to drink - a session beer with a well-balanced finish. Underlying flavours of round summer fruits and slightly caramelised honey.
BJ Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: SEVEN
This lager is a European type Lager.
The Gilroy Lager is brewed to the Rheinheitsgebot - using Czeck Saaz and German Halletau hops and Gilroy's wonderful lager yeast, matured for 8 weeks. A well balanced, flavoursome naturally carbonated lager.
A session beer which fills the mouth with great body and a long finish.