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Beer experts make clear brews & test your knowledge

Beer experts make clear brews & test your knowledge

The World of Beer: A Journey through Trivia, Books, and Clarity

Trivia: Discovering the Hidden Gems

Who doesn’t love a good pub quiz? With beer as our topic of choice, there are plenty of hidden gems to uncover. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used beer as currency? Or that in the Middle Ages, beer was safer to drink than water? Here’s another interesting fact: the world’s strongest beer, aptly named “The End of History,” has a whopping 55% ABV!

Okay, maybe you knew that last one, but the point is, beer trivia is always fascinating. So next time you’re at the bar, impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.

Books: From History to Homebrewing

For those who want to delve deeper into the world of beer, there are plenty of great books out there. “Tasting Beer” by Randy Mosher is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their beer-tasting skills. “The Complete Homebrew Beer Book” by George Hummel is perfect for those who want to take their love of beer to the next level by brewing their own. And “The Oxford Companion to Beer” is essentially an encyclopedia of all things beer.

Books like these not only teach you about the brewing process and the different styles of beer, but also offer a glimpse into the cultural and historical significance of this beloved beverage. Plus, they make great gifts for fellow beer enthusiasts.

Clarity: It’s Not Just for Diamonds

Have you ever poured a beer and been disappointed by its cloudy appearance? While some beers are intentionally cloudy (like a Hefeweizen), others are meant to be clear. But it can be tough to achieve that clarity, especially for homebrewers.

Luckily, there are some tricks of the trade to help you get that crystal-clear beer you’ve been dreaming of. Cold crashing (basically, chilling your beer to near-freezing temperatures before bottling or kegging it) can help yeast and other particles settle to the bottom, resulting in a clearer beer. Fining agents like gelatin or silica can also be added to the beer to help clarify it. And if all else fails, you can always try filtering your beer to remove any unwanted particles.

In conclusion, whether you’re a casual beer-drinker or a die-hard enthusiast, there’s always something new to learn about this beloved beverage. So grab a cold one, crack open a book, and impress your friends with your newfound beer trivia knowledge. And if your beer isn’t quite as clear as you’d like, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to achieve that satisfying clarity. Cheers!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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