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Interesting facts about beer

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Beer is a low-alcoholic beverage obtained by alcoholic fermentation of malt wort (most often based on barley) using brewer's yeast, usually with the addition of hops. The ethanol content in most beers is about 3.0-6.0% vol. (strong contains, as a rule, from 8% to 14% vol., sometimes they also emit light beer, which contains 1-2% vol., separate non-alcoholic beer that is not included here), solids (mainly carbohydrates) 7 -10%, carbon dioxide 0.48-1.0%.

Beer is the most famous and oldest drink on our planet. It is popular in any country, and most adults have tried it and know its taste. Nevertheless, despite its popularity, there are many facts related to beer, which most people are not even aware of.

1. Beer and facial hair

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Thick hair on the face can make drinking beer difficult. It can also be used to make beer. A brewer in Oregon has actually discovered a way to make a foamy drink from yeast collected from his own beard. Although this may seem rather nasty, but it works. Indeed, most of the yeast in the world for fermentation is collected from rotting rocks. Why can't they ferment in a beard.

2. Foam

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Many beer lovers do not approve of the foam at the top of the glass: it complicates the process of drinking and looks unappetizing to some people. However, foam is a very important part of beer. A foamy “cap”, as it is called, is formed during the complex reaction of carbon dioxide and can say a lot about the quality of beer. Many famous beers, including Guinness, are characterized by a thick froth. The absence of it may mean that the beer is probably exhausted and tasteless. The "Holy Grail" of foam enthusiasts is the so-called "Brussels lace" - an ideal foam that does not settle and forms a lace pattern in a glass after it is empty.

3. Marijuana and beer

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Not many people know that marijuana and beer are actually quite close relatives. The aroma in beer, hops, is a member of the hemp family, which (as the name implies) also includes hemp. Despite the fact that these are plants from the same family, many genetic properties share them.

4. Dead animals and beer

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Taxidermy is certainly one of the few things that are not at all associated with beer. At least that's what most people think. But the British brewery BrewDog clearly does not agree with this and released in 2011 the strongest beer in the world with a strength of 55 percent. And his main feature was that each bottle of the drink, which was called the “End of History”, was placed inside the stuffed animal (the cork was sticking out of his mouth).

5. The oldest beer in the world

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Although there is a lot of information about drinking beer throughout history, real recipes for ancient beer are quite difficult to find. In 2010, the remains of a shipwreck were found near Finland. They found a real treasure in the hold of the ship - the oldest beer in the world, suitable for drinking. It tasted like cork and sour aftertaste (the latter was attributed to the fermentation process, and the actual taste was supposed to be much more pleasant). Now they are going to start producing a new brand of beer according to this ancient recipe.

6. Michael Jackson and beer

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When discussing Michael Jackson, most beer lovers do not mean the king of pop at all. They talk about British Michael Jackson (1942-2007), a scientist who researched beer and came up with new recipes for it. Jackson (who earned the nickname “Beer Hunter”) was a writer and journalist who single-handedly saved beer from nonexistence in the late 1970s (at that time beer was considered an abhorrent drink by the poor). Jackson always thought that beer is an important component of culture and without his research, the modern world of alcohol would be completely different.

7. Water and beer

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Although water is generally quite tasteless, it is actually a very important factor in the taste of beer. After all, the main ingredient of beer is precisely water and no ingredients will save the beer if it was brewed on low-quality water. Throughout history, many brewers based their production exactly where there was quality water.

8. Pyramids and beer

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In ancient Egypt, there were so many bacteria in the Nile that locals often drank beer instead of water. This came in handy during the massive construction projects of the Egyptians. When the pyramids of Giza were being built, workers were partially paid with beer. They were kept in constant easy drinking, giving out beer three times a day. Without this, the workers would probably have rebelled.

9. Peruvian saliva beer

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Chicha is a traditional Peruvian corn beer that is said to have been brewed back in the Inca era. Its secret ingredient was extremely strange - it was saliva. There are many strange bacteria and enzymes in the human mouth. Some of them can really replace the brewing process. This means that the process of fermenting corn can be activated by chewing it, moistening it in the mouth, and then spitting it out into the beer mixture.

10. The best beer in the world

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Beer grades are extremely difficult to rank. After all, this is purely a matter of taste and some like one beer, while others like a completely different variety. However, when it comes to choosing the absolutely best beer in the world, all beer lovers agree on the same opinion - Westvleteren 12. This is a 10.2-percent dark beer with a refined, chocolate flavor. And his monastery produces in Belgium.

More Beer Facts

= There are more than 20,000 brands of beer in 180 styles in the world, from light to dark, as well as ice beer.

= Beer has been a popular drink for a long time. Babylonian clay tablets show detailed recipes for making beer as far back as 4300 BC. Ancient Chinese, Assyrians and Incas also brewed beer.

= Egyptian text 1600 BC gives 100 medical prescriptions for the use of beer. A few years ago, the New Brewery in England produced 1,000 bottles of Tutankhamun beer according to a 3,200-year-old old recipe found in Queen Nefertiti's sun temple.

= The commercial creation of beer was established in 1200 AD in Germany. In 1506, the German Law of Purity was issued, determining that the components of beer should be only - water, barley, wheat. Store beer in bottles began in 1605.

= Brewing is the process of converting water and grain into beer through a yeast catalyst. Water quality is extremely important.

= Getting dry grain ready for fermentation is called malting. The grain is immersed in water until it sprouts. Then it is dried or fried.

= Barley has been the seed of choice for many thousands of years. The longer the barley is roasted, the darker the beer.

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= Sugar with yeast is converted to alcohol. A different yeast enzyme gives different flavors.

= There are two types of original beer that are still produced in Europe - the Belgian "lambic" and the Finnish "sahti", which are produced from rye malt. They are boiled by yeast during fermentation. Both taste great.

= The best taste is usually acquired if the beer contains ethanol 4.7% by volume. If less, then the beer has a milder taste. If more, then it spoils the taste.

= The strongest beer brand is the German brand "Eisbock", beer has 14% ethanol by volume.

= Ice beer is produced by freezing a brew and filtering through ice crystals, increasing the alcohol content. This process, as you know, was called "cold distillation" in the Middle Ages, and the ancient Chinese made a drink from rice in this way. Canadians have adopted a cold distillation method for ice beer.

= The oldest brewery in Munich is Augustiner. It was founded in 1294. Munich is known for its breweries.

= The first US brewery opened in Manhattan in 1623.

= The first Octoberfest took place for the first time in 1810 in Munich.

= The Czech Republic has the largest percentage of beer consumption per capita in the world.

= In the old days, doctors prescribed mouth rinses and drinking warm beer inside to treat toothache.

= In the Middle Ages, beer was prescribed to expel kidney stones; rubbed tired legs with beer after a long journey ...

= At the beginning of the 19th century, most medicines in hospitals were taken only with beer. As an excellent tonic, disinfectant and restorative drink, beer was given to recovering patients.

= The Munich Beer Institute has scientifically proven that one liter of unfiltered beer is 10 times healthier than one liter of milk.

= Beer in the Scandinavians is an officially approved antidepressant by the Ministry of Health.

= Beer drunk on an empty stomach drains the stomach, freeing it from excess mucus, which is useful for gastritis.

= Beer quenches thirst well, which is explained by the content of minerals and carbon dioxide, which dilates the capillary vessels of the mucous membrane of the digestive system, contributes to a more rapid flow of fluid into the blood.

= Beer baths will regulate perspiration. If you sweat a lot, then add a bottle of beer to warm water and lie down a little. In the bath, beer is poured on hot stones - beer vapor makes the skin more silky.

= Beer-based masks and creams help smooth wrinkles.

= Beer has a beneficial effect on female breast growth.

= The best hair styling that our great-grandmothers knew was beer.

= Regular rinsing of hair with beer after washing quickly eliminates dandruff and gives the hair a unique shine and silkiness.

= Beer accelerates the metabolism in the body, promotes cell rejuvenation. Experience shows that people who regularly drink beer age much slower than those who do not drink beer.

= American scientists also came to the conclusion that those who consume one or two glasses of beer daily have a 50% lower risk of heart attack.

= A small amount of beer during the recovery period after severe, debilitating diseases helps to quickly restore the normal flora of the gastrointestinal tract.

= Beer has a lower calorie content than Coca-Cola, apple juice, fruit drinks that add sugar, not to mention milk.

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