WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND REGULAR BEER? – HOME BREWING IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY

Thepurebrewer.com is dedicated to provide you, conscious home brewer with as much information as possible to help you make beer in a more eco-friendly way. What’s the difference between organic beer and regular beer? you ask: first and foremost it is a mindset. When the planet and the people are being threatened by climate change, increasing levels of pollution, disastrous destruction of the environment, health crisis … how can we not be aware of the need to produce and consume in a more sustainable way?

The beer world as a whole is evolving. When you see major brands such as Michelob producing certified organic beer, Ultra Pure Gold, you know people are starting to pay attention to what they are drinking. You hear about major, widely marketed nationwide craft breweries like New Belgium, Colorado, boasting to be a well-ranked B Corporation, and contributing to 1% for the Planet Partnership program. This is great news.

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SUSTAINABLE HOMEBREWING – AN ALL ORGANIC APPROACH TO CRAFTING GREAT BEER

Sustainable Homebrewing

Title: Sustainable Homebrewing – An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Author: Amelia Slayton Loftus

369 pages

Price: $19

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Amelia Slayton lives what she preaches. She has been a fervent (“obsessed”, as she says) home brewer since 1994, and has founded the country’s first and only certified organic brewing supply store, in Santa Cruz, California, Seven Bridges Cooperative in 1997, which she managed until 2011. She grew up in rural Vermont in a family who grew most of the food they would need. Amelia is creative, passionate, militant for the environment and a sustainable lifestyle, she worked for Greenpeace for seven years. Today she continues to express her talent for crafting quality home made beers, as well as cooking from her farm fresh ingredients and roasting artisan coffee. The book’s graphic design is the author’s work.

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BREWING MALT TYPES – CHARACTERISTICS TO KNOW

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Malt is the backbone of your beer. As a rule of thumb, the weight of malt needed accounts for 95 to 98% of the total weight of your dry ingredients. Without malt, there wouldn’t be any beer. Knowing your malt types is essential when brewing all grain. It’s also useful to understand what particular characteristics a given malt extract will impart your finished beer when brewing with an ingredient kit.

 

In this article, we’ll review

  • what are the BASIC CHARACTERISTICS of malt, and HOW MALT IS PRODUCED
  • what TYPES OF CEREAL VARIETIES may be used for malting
  • BASE MALTS, SPECIALTY MALTS and how to use them
  • brewing MALT TYPES – why CHOSING ORGANIC?

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SOURCING ORGANIC BEER INGREDIENTS – IS IT WORTH IT?

The modern organic beer movement started in Germany in 1979, when Pinkus-Müller Brauerei produced the first all-organic beer in recent times, in response to the declining quality of industrial malt. Today the worldwide organic beer market is on the rise, even though it is not mainstream yet, it counts hundreds of breweries and is estimated to grow by close to 7% every year on average by 2025 – according the World Research Future. In this post we’ll look at WHAT TO LOOK FOR when sourcing organic beer ingredients, WHAT BENEFITS are associated to those, TIPS ON FINDING them – without listing producers and suppliers (this will be the subject of a separate post), lastly we’ll speak about USING SPENT INGREDIENTS, as they are great to contribute to your kitchen or garden.

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