Glossary

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”AHA (American Homebrewers Association) “]AHA (American Homebrewers Association) was founded in 1978 and advocates for hombrewers rights, publishes Zymurgy Magazine, is a division of the Brewers Association and hosts the world’s largest beer competition.   [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Adjunct”]Any unmalted grain or other fermentable ingredient used in the brewing process. Adjuncts used are typically either rice or corn, and can also include honey, syrups, and numerous other sources of fermentable carbohydrates. They are common in mass produced light American lager-style beers.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Alcohol by Weight (ABW)”]A measurement of the alcohol content of a solution in terms of the percentage weight of alcohol per volume of beer. For example: 3.2 percent alcohol by weight equals 3.2 grams of alcohol per 100 centiliters of beer. This measure is always lower than Alcohol by Volume. To calculate the approximate alcohol content by weight, subtract the final gravity from the original gravity and divide by 0.0095. For example: 1.050 – 1.012 = 0.038/0.0095 = 4% ABW.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ed7336ae” panel_title=”All Extract Beer”]A beer made with malt extract as opposed to one made from barley malt or from a combination of malt extract and barley malt.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f71e47ba” panel_title=”Apparent Attenuation”]A simple measure of the extent of fermentation that wort has undergone in the process of becoming beer. Using gravity units (GU), Balling (B), or Plato (P) units to express gravity, apparent attenuation is equal to the original gravity minus the final gravity divided by the original gravity. The result is expressed as a percentage and equals 65% to 80% for most beers.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fa2acf73″ panel_title=”Astringency”]A characteristic of beer taste mostly caused by tannins, oxidized (phenols), and various aldehydes (in stale beer). Astringency can cause the mouth to pucker and is often perceived as dryness.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Acetaldehyde”]A flavorful compound produced during the fermentation process when the yeast digests sugars. At higher concentrations, it may affect a beer’s flavor. At low-concentration rates, it can taste like green apples; at high concentration – latex paint.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Aeration”]The action of introducing air or oxygen to the wort (unfermented beer) at various stages of the brewing process. Proper aeration before primary fermentation is vital to yeast health and vigorous fermentation. Aeration after fermentation is complete can result in beer off-flavors, including cardboard or paper aromas due to oxidation.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926a114fa5″ panel_title=”Alcoholic”]
  1. Warming taste of ethanol and higher alcohols. Can be described as spicy and vinous in character. The higher the ABV of a beer, often the larger the mouthfeel it has. Alcohol can be perceived in aroma, flavor and as a sensation.
  2. A person with a disabling disorder characterized by compulsive uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages.
[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ef860fbf” panel_title=”All-Malt Beer”]A beer made entirely from mashed barley malt and without the addition of adjuncts, sugars or additional fermentables.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f8a8c7a1″ panel_title=”Aromatic Hops”]Refers to hop additions that take place later in the boiling process. Shorter amount of time spent in the boil kettle will provide more aromatic characteristics from the hops rather than bittering characteristics.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Acid Rest”]A step done early in the mash around 95F by traditional brewers to lower the pH of the mash [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae2e9620″ panel_title=”Alcohol”]A synonym for ethyl alcohol or ethanol, the colorless primary alcohol constituent of beer. Alcohol ranges for beer vary from less than 3.2% to greater than 14% ABV. However, the majority of craft beer styles average around 5.9% ABV.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926cfc8477″ panel_title=”Ale”]Ales are beers fermented with top fermenting yeast. Ales typically are fermented at warmer temperatures than lagers, and are often served warmer. The term ale is sometimes incorrectly associated with alcoholic strength.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f39bd8e1″ panel_title=”Alpha Acid”]One of two primary naturally occurring soft resins in hops (the other is Beta Acid). Alpha acids are converted during wort boiling to iso-alpha acids, which cause the majority of beer bitterness. During aging, alpha acids can oxidize (chemical change) and lessen in bitterness.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fd70dfaa” panel_title=”Autolysis”]A process in which excess yeast cells feed on each other producing a rubbery or vegetal aroma.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adf48bae” panel_title=”Acrospire”]Acrospire is the sprout of a grain seed, the beginning of a new plant. As the acrospire grows, enzymes in the grain become active, too, which breaks down nutrients so that they can be readily absorbed by the emerging plant.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Alcohol by Volume (ABV)”]A measurement of the alcohol content of a solution in terms of the percentage volume of alcohol per volume of beer. This measurement is always higher than Alcohol by Weight. To calculate the approximate volumetric alcohol content, subtract the final gravity from the original gravity and divide by 0.0075. For example: 1.050 – 1.012 = 0.038/0.0075 = 5% ABV.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926ef4b69a” panel_title=”Ale Yeast”]Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a top fermenting yeast that ferments at warm temperatures (60-70 F) and generally produces more flavor compounds.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f4dd4a75″ panel_title=”Alpha and Beta Amylase”]Important enzymes in brewing beer and liquor made from sugars derived from starch. Different temperatures optimize the activity of alpha or beta amylase, resulting in different mixtures of fermentable and unfermentable sugars.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fb742db4″ panel_title=”Attenuation”]The reduction in wort specific gravity caused by the yeast consuming wort sugars and converting them into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas through fermentation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
B
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Balance”]The feature of a beer concerned with the balance of various flavors, aromas, tastes and sensations. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Beer Stone”]Grayish-brown deposit formed from calcium and fermentation byproducts on the surface of equipment in prolonged contact with beer. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Bitterness”]In beer, the bitterness is caused by the tannins and iso-humulones of hops. Bitterness of hops is perceived in the taste. The amount of bitterness in a beer is one of the defining characteristics of a beer style. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ed7336ae” panel_title=”Blending”]The mixing together of different batches of beer to create a final product. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f71e47ba” panel_title=”Bottle Conditioning”]A process by which beer is naturally carbonated in the bottle as a result of fermentation of additional wort or sugar intentionally added during packaging. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fd70dfaa” panel_title=”Brewpub”]A restaurant-brewery that sells 25% or more of its beer on site. The beer is brewed primarily for sale in the restaurant and bar. The beer is often dispensed directly from the brewery’s storage tanks. Where allowed by law, brewpubs often sell beer “to-go” and /or distribute to off site accounts. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7935db01827″ panel_title=”Burton Snatch”]The aroma of Sulphur indicating the presence of sulphate ions.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”°Balling”]A measure of the density of wort or beer. Degrees balling (or °Plato) corresponds to the percentage of sugar in water and is used to measure the extract in wort or in beer. Ballings may be determined by a hydrometer – or balling spindle – which floats in the liquid at a level corresponding to sugar content (See also hydrometer), by a refractometer where a beam of light is deflected in direct proportion to the amount of sugar or by numerous methods of modern instrumentation that measure density. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Beta Acids”]One of two primary naturally occurring soft resins in hops (the other is Alpha Acid). Beta acid contributes very little to the bitterness of beer and accounts for some of its preservative quality. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926a114fa5″ panel_title=”Bitterness Units (BU)”]Same as International Bitterness Units (IBU). [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ef860fbf” panel_title=”Body”]The consistency, thickness and mouth-filling property of a beer. The sensation of palate fullness in the mouth ranges from thin- to full-bodied. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f8a8c7a1″ panel_title=”Bottom Fermentation”]One of the two basic fermentation methods characterized by the tendency of yeast cells to sink to the bottom of the fermentation vessel. Lager yeast is considered to be bottom fermenting compared to ale yeast that is top fermenting. Beers brewed in this fashion are commonly called lagers or bottom-fermented beers. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7934f33f071″ panel_title=”Brew Kettle”]One of the vessels used in the brewing process in which the wort (unfermented beer) is boiled.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7935f7eeab8″ panel_title=”Byproducts”]Desirable and undesirable compounds that are a result of fermentation, mashing, and boiling.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Barley”]A cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare. Barley is used as a base malt in the production of beer and certain distilled spirits, as well as a food supply for humans and animals. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae2e9620″ panel_title=”Beta-Amylase”]A diastatic enzyme produced by malting barley to convert dextrins and soluble starches into fermentable sugars. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926cfc8477″ panel_title=”Bittering Hops”]Refers to hop additions that take place early in the boiling stage of the brewing process. The longer hops are boiled, the more bittering characteristics will come from those hops. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f39bd8e1″ panel_title=”Boiling”]A critical step during the brewing process during which wort (unfermented beer) is boiled inside the brew kettle. During the boiling, one or more hop additions can occur to achieve bittering, hop flavor and hop aroma in the finished beer. Boiling also results in the removal of several volatile compounds from wort, especially dimethyl sulfide (see below) and the coagulation of excess or unwanted proteins in the wort (see “hot break“). Boiling also sterilizes a beer as well as ends enzymatic conversion of proteins to sugars. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fa2acf73″ panel_title=”Brettanomyces”]A type of yeast and more specifically a genus of single-celled yeasts that ferment sugar and are important to the beer and wine industries due to the sensory flavors they produce. Brettanomyces, or “Brett” colloquially, can cause acidity and other sensory notes often perceived as leather, barnyard, horse blanket and just plain funk. These characteristics can be desirable or undesirable. It is common and desirable in styles such as Lambic, Oud Bruin, several similarly acidic American-derived styles, and many barrel-aged styles. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79359fde76e” panel_title=”Bung”]A sealing stopper, usually a cylindroconical shaped piece of wood or plastic, fitted into the mouth of a cask or older style kegs such as Hoff-Stevens or Golden Gate.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adf48bae” panel_title=”Barrel”]A standard measure in the U.S. that is 31.5 gallons. A wooden vessel that is used to age/condition/ferment beer. Some brewer’s barrels are brand new and others have been used previously to store wine or spirits. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Biddle”]A small vessel traditionally used to measure the amount of yeast to be proportioned into the wort for the proper pitching rate. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926ef4b69a” panel_title=”BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program)”]BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f4dd4a75″ panel_title=”Bomber”]A 22-ounce bottle of beer. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792fb742db4″ panel_title=”Brewers Association”]The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than 2,300 U.S. brewery members and 43,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer wholesalers, retailers, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7935ba725af” panel_title=”Bung Hole”]The round hole in the side of a cask or older style keg, through which the vessel is filled with beer and then sealed with a bung.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
C
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Calcium Carbonate”]A mineral common in water of different origins. Also known as chalk, sometimes added during brewing to increase calcium and carbonate content. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Carbonation”]The process of introducing carbon dioxide into a liquid (such as beer) by: …pressurizing a fermentation vessel to capture naturally produced carbon dioxide; …injecting the finished beer with carbon dioxide; …adding young fermenting beer to finished beer for a renewed fermentation (kraeusening); …priming (adding sugar to) fermented wort prior to packaging, creating a secondary fermentation in the bottle, also known as “bottle conditioning.” ermentation byproducts on the surface of equipment in prolonged contact with beer. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Cask Conditioning”]Storing unpasteurized, unfiltered beer for several days in cool cellars of about 48-56°F (13°C) while conditioning is completed and carbonation builds. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ed7336ae” panel_title=”Cold Break”]The flocculation of proteins and tannins during wort cooling. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f71e47ba” panel_title=”Craft Brewery”]According to the Brewers Association, an American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. See Independent, and Traditional [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Calcium Sulfate”]A mineral common in water of different origins. Also known as gypsum, sometimes added during brewing to increase calcium and sulfate content.   [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Carboy”]A large glass, plastic or earthenware bottle. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926a114fa5″ panel_title=”Cellaring”]Storing or aging beer at a controlled temperature to allow maturing. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792ef860fbf” panel_title=”Color”]The hue or shade of a beer, primarily derived from grains, sometimes derived from fruit or other ingredients in beer. Beer styles made with caramelized, toasted or roasted malts or grains will exhibit increasingly darker colors. The color of a beer may often, but not always, allow the consumer to anticipate how a beer might taste. It’s important to note that beer color does not equate to alcohol level, mouthfeel or calories in beer. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Carbohydrates”]A group of organic compounds including sugars and starches, many of which are suitable as food for yeast and bacteria. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae2e9620″ panel_title=”Caryophyllene”]One of the essential oils made in the flowering cone of the hops plant Humulus lupulus.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926cfc8477″ panel_title=”Chill Haze”]Hazy or cloudy appearance caused when the proteins and tannins naturally found in finished beer combine upon chilling into particles large enough to reflect light or become visible. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f39bd8e1″ panel_title=”Conditioning”]A step in the brewing process in which beer is matured or aged after initial fermentation to prevent the formation of unwanted flavors and compounds [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adf48bae” panel_title=”Carbon Dioxide”]The gaseous by-product of yeast. Carbon dioxide is what gives beer its carbonation (bubbles). [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Cask”]A barrel-shaped container for holding beer. Originally made of iron-hooped wooden staves, now most widely available in stainless steel and aluminum.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7926ef4b69a” panel_title=”Closed Fermentation”]Fermentation under closed, anaerobic conditions to minimize risk of contamination and oxidation. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a792f4dd4a75″ panel_title=”Contract Brewing Company”]A business that hires another brewery to produce some or all of its beer. The contract brewing company handles marketing, sales and distribution of its beer, while generally leaving the brewing and packaging to its producer-brewery. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Decoction Mash”]A method of mashing that raises the temperature of the mash by removing a portion, boiling it, and returning it to the mash tun. Often used multiple times in certain mash programs. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Diastatic”]Refers to the diastatic enzymes that are created as the grain sprouts. These convert starches to sugars, which yeast eat. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Dual Purpose Hops”]Hops that are added to provide both bittering and aromatic properties. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Degrees Plato”]An empirically derived hydrometer scale to measure density of beer wort in terms of percentage of extract by weight. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS)”]At low levels, DMS can impart a favorable sweet aroma in beer. At higher levels DMS can impart a characteristic aroma and taste of cooked vegetables, such as cooked corn or celery. Low levels are acceptable in and characteristic of some Lager beer styles. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Dextrin”]A group of complex, unfermentable and tasteless carbohydrates produced by the partial hydrolysis of starch, that contributes to the gravity and body of beer. Some dextrins remain undissolved in the finished beer, giving it a malty sweetness. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae2e9620″ panel_title=”Draught Beer”]Beer drawn from kegs, casks or serving tanks rather than from cans, bottles or other packages. Beer consumed from a growler relatively soon after filling is also sometimes considered draught beer. Learn more: Draught Quality Manual. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adf48bae” panel_title=”Diacetyl”]A volatile compound produced by some yeasts which imparts a caramel, nutty or butterscotch flavor to beer. This compound is acceptable at low levels in several traditional beer styles, including: English and Scottish Ales, Czech Pilsners and German Oktoberfest. However, it is often an unwanted or accidental off-flavor. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeebef54″ panel_title=”Dry Hopping”]The addition of hops late in the brewing process to increase the hop aroma of a finished beer without significantly affecting its bitterness. Dry hops may be added to the wort in the kettle, whirlpool, hop back, or added to beer during primary or secondary fermentation or even later in the process.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
E
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Endosperm”]The starch-containing sac of the barley grain. The endosperm constitutes 80 to 85 percent of the dry weight of the grain. Part of this starch serves as a food reserve for the growing embryo, while the remainder constitutes the bulk of the extract during mashing. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Ethanol”]Also known as ethyl alcohol, one of many compounds classified as alcohol, but synonymous with the common definition of alcohol as contained in beer. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Enzyme”]Naturally occurring, complex compounds. When in solution, enzymes produce chemical changes in other compounds without resulting in changes to the enzyme itself. Enzymes are sensitive to heat and undergo deactivation at about 112 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Export”]Any beer produced for the express purpose of exportation. For example: export-style German lagers or export-style Irish stouts. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Essential Hop Oils”]Essential hop oils are what is isomerized in wort and provide the aromatic and flavor compounds that are associated with hop additions. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Esters”]Volatile flavor compounds that form through the interaction of organic acids with alcohols during fermentation and contribute to the fruity aroma and flavor of beer. Esters are very common in ales. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Farnesene”]One of the essential oils made in the flowering cone of the hops plant Humulus lupulus. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Filtration”]The passage of a liquid through a permeable or porous substance to remove solid matter in suspension, often yeast.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Forced Carbonation”]The beer is place into a sealed (or soon to be sealed) container and carbonation is rapidly added. Under high pressure, the CO2 is absorbed into the beer. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Fermentable Sugars”]Sugars that can be consumed by yeast cells which in turn will produce ethanol alcohol and c02. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Final Gravity”]The specific gravity of a beer as measured when fermentation is complete (when all desired fermentable sugars have been converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas). Synonym: Final specific gravity; final SG; finishing gravity; terminal gravity. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Fresh Hopping”]The addition of freshly harvested hops that have not yet been dried to different stages of the brewing process. Fresh hopping adds unique flavors and aromas to beer that are not normally found when using hops that have been dried and processed per usual. Synonymous with wet hopping. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Fusel Alcohol”]A family of high molecular weight alcohols, which result from excessively high fermentation temperatures. Fusel alcohols can impart harsh or solvent-like characteristics commonly described as lacquer or paint thinner. It can contribute to hangovers. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Fermentation”]The chemical conversion of fermentable sugars into approximately equal parts of ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, through the action of yeast. The two basic methods of fermentation in brewing are top fermentation, which produces ales, and bottom fermentation, which produces lagers. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Fining”]The process of adding clarifying agents such as isinglass, gelatin, silica gel, or Polyvinyl Polypyrrolidone (PVPP) to beer during secondary fermentation to hasten the precipitation of suspended matter, such as yeast, proteins or tannins. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Fermentation Lock”]A one-way valve, often made of glass or plastic that is fitted onto a fermenter and allows carbon dioxide gas to escape from the fermenter while excluding ambient wild yeasts, bacteria and contaminants. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Flocculation”]The behavior of suspended particles in wort or beer that tend to clump together in large masses and settle out. During brewing, protein and tannin particles will flocculate out of the kettle, coolship or fermenter during hot or cold break. During and at the end of fermentation, yeast cells will flocculate to varying degrees depending on the yeast strain, thereby affecting fermentation as well as filtration of the resulting beer. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
G
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Germination”]Growth of a barley grain as it produces a rootlet and acrospire[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Gruit”]An old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavoring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. Gruit or grut ale may also refer to the beverage produced using gruit. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Grainy”]Tasting or smelling like cereal or raw grains.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Gypsum”]Calcium sulfate, a naturally occurring calcium compound found in the earth and mined for a variety of uses. Often used in brewing to increase calcium in water for yeast nutrition and for increased beer stability. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Grist”]Ground malt and grains ready for mashing.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Growler”]A jug- or pail-like container once used to carry draught beer bought by the measure at the local tavern. Growlers are usually ½ gal (64 oz) or 2L (68 oz) in volume and made of glass. Brewpubs often serve growlers to sell beer to-go. Often a customer will pay a deposit on the growler but can bring it back again and again for a re-fill. Growlers to-go are not legal in all U.S. states. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Hand Pump”]A device for dispensing cask conditioned draught beer using a pump operated by hand. The use of a hand pump allows the draught beer to be served without the use of pressurized carbon dioxide. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Hops”]A perennial climbing vine, also known by the Latin botanical name Humulus lupulus. The female plant yields flowers of soft-leaved pine-like cones (strobile) measuring about an inch in length. Only the female ripened flower is used for flavoring beer. Because hops reproduce through cuttings, the male plants are not cultivated and are even rooted out to prevent them from fertilizing the female plants, as the cones would become weighed-down with seeds. Seedless hops have a much higher bittering power than seeded. There are presently over one hundred varieties of hops cultivated around the world. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Husk”]he dry outer layer of certain cereal seeds.     [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786ae6d48f2″ panel_title=”Head Retention”]The foam stability of a beer as measured, in seconds, by time required for a 1-inch foam collar to collapse. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Hopping”]The addition of hops to un-fermented wort or fermented beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Hydrometer”]A glass instrument used to measure the specific gravity of liquids as compared to water, consisting of a graduated stem resting on a weighted float.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Heat Exchangers”]Used to cool hot wort before fermentation. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786aeb05826″ panel_title=”Hot Break”]The flocculation of proteins and tannins during wort boiling.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Homebrewing”]The art of making beer at home. In the U.S., homebrewing was legalized by President Carter on February 1, 1979, through a bill introduced by California Senator Alan Cranston. The Cranston Bill allows a single person to brew up to 100 gallons of beer annually for personal enjoyment and up to 200 gallons in a household of two persons or more of legal drinking age. Learn more from the American Homebrewers Association. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-59786adaefb87″ panel_title=”Humulone(e)”]Synonym for alpha acid, one of the two major resins found in hops. It is composed of humulone, cohumulone and adhumulone.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a161010058″ panel_title=”Ice beer”]Beer produced by freeze concentration where ice crystals are removed after freezing leaving a stronger beer. Protein is also precipitated by the process which produces a more stable beer with lower flavour.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a16ec3b336″ panel_title=”Inoculation”]The introduction of a microbe such as yeast or microorganisms such as lactobacillus into surroundings capable of supporting its growth.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a17cd1db3b” panel_title=”Isinglass”]

A collagen extract from sturgeon and other fish swim bladders and used as a fining aid to settle yeast in conditioning of beer and in cask conditioned beer. The natural extract is hydrolysed by acid to release particles of highly positively charged collagen proteins which bind strongly to negatively charged yeast cells. Clarification is also enhanced by the production of a dense mesh work of fibers and cells which settles rapidly under gravity.

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1658d51c6″ panel_title=”Immersion Chiller”]A wort chiller most commonly made of copper that is used by submerging into hot wort before fermentation as a method of cooling.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1728380f6″ panel_title=”Iodine Test”]In brewing this test is generally used to check on the degradation of starch to dextrins and malt sugar. Iodine turns from a yellow to dark blue, purple or red with various starches and dextrins, but not with sugars.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a17e410faa” panel_title=”Isohumulones / Iso-alpha”]Isohumulones are chemical compounds that contribute to the bitter taste of beer and are in the class of compounds known as iso-alpha acids that are found in hops.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1688f2dea” panel_title=”Immobilized yeast”]Yeast attached to support materials within fermenters reactors. This yeast mostly remains in place during fermentation and allows a clearer beer to be produced. It is also more active in its metabolism but is mostly used to mature beer rather than primary fermentation.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1771a6974″ panel_title=”International Bitterness Units (IBU)”]The measure of the bittering substances in beer (analytically assessed as milligrams of isomerized alpha acid per liter of beer, in ppm). This measurement depends on the style of beer. Light lagers typically have an IBU rating between 5-10 while big, bitter India Pale Ales can often have an IBU rating between 50 and 70.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a16ad89407″ panel_title=”Infusion mashing”]A traditional mashing process involving keeping the mash at a single temperature during the mash period. This is typically between 60 and 70oC where amylase activity is maximal. Infusion mashes are usually employed for UK beers produced using well modified malt which has incurred extensive protein and b glucan digestion during malting.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a17b04958a” panel_title=”Irish moss”]A seaweed extract added to boiling wort to encourage precipitation of proteins at the end of boil. Chrodrus crispus and Gigartina stellata were the species traditionally used intact but extracts may now be taken from other seaweeds including Laminaria and Fucusspecies.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a152409fb2″ panel_title=”Jetting machine”]An automatic machine used to wash bottles.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a15619745f” panel_title=”Jockey box”]A beverage-dispensing system, often used to serve beer, consisting of a picnic cooler with an internal cooling coil and one or more externally mounted taps. The cooler is filled with ice, and the beverage is chilled as it passes through the coil to the tap.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a18948ffdd” panel_title=”Keg”]A straight sided pressure container for beer dispense. Kegs have a single entry valve with a central tube for exit of the beer and a surrounding collar for entry of pressurized gas to push the beer out. Application of the correct pressure for dispense is important as higher levels can result in gas being absorbed by the beer and fobbing on dispense. Most keg beer is brewery conditioned and stabilized by filtration and/or pasteurisation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a18bc6b78f” panel_title=”Keiselguhr”]An inert material used to enhance filtration of beer by producing a finely porous cake on a filter membrane. This cake increases in depth as beer is progressively filtered and particles remain entrapped in the cake allowing clear beer to filter through. Keiselguhr is made from the shells of diatoms but other filter aids may be composed of clay or silica hydrogel.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a18e99a8de” panel_title=”Kilning”]The process of heat-drying malted barley in a kiln to stop germination and to produce a dry, easily milled malt from which the brittle rootlets are easily removed. Kilning also removes the raw flavor (or green-malt flavor) associated with germinating barley, and new aromas, flavors, and colors develop according to the intensity and duration of the kilning process.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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n – The rocky head of foam which appears on the surface of the wort during fermentation.

v – A method of conditioning in which a small quantity of unfermented wort is added to a fully fermented beer to create a secondary fermentation and natural carbonation.

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a19f99246e” panel_title=”Lace”]The lace like pattern of foam sticking to the sides of a glass of beer once it has been partly or totally emptied.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1a93612d1″ panel_title=”Lagering”]To age or store bottom-fermented beer in cold cellars at near-freezing temperatures for periods of time ranging from a few weeks to years, during which time the yeast cells and proteins settle out and the beer improves in taste. Lager in German means storage.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1b4ea5b3b” panel_title=”Liquor”]Brewing terminology for water used in brewing. Supply liquor is obtained from local boreholes or direct from water company supplies. Brewing liquor is that used in the process whilst process liquors are used for washing, heating or other activities. The total amount of liquor used in brewing may be between 4 and 10 times the volume of beer produced. Reducing this volume is a major target of increasing efficiency of production and minimising environmental impact.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a19db51f7e” panel_title=”Lactic acid”]A common acid produced by a variety of yeasts and bacteria. A major spoilage flavor resulting from the growth of lactic acid bacteria in beer and detectable by a yogurt like aroma and taste. Lactic acid bacteria also produce distinctive flavours along with lactic acid, for example the butterscotch flavour diacetyl.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1b213cdcb” panel_title=”Lauter tun”]A separating vessel used to sparge a mash and separate clear wort from the residual grains. Differs from a mash tun in being wider with a larger floor area to give a faster run off. Lauter tuns also have stirring rakes to agitate the mash and may be used after the mash has been incubated in a cereal cooker with ajuncts. In this arrangements more mashings may be performed per day so increasing efficiency.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1c5914e2d” panel_title=”Lovibond”]A scale used to measure color in grains and sometimes in beer. See also Standard Reference Method.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1a281f87e” panel_title=”Lactobacillus”]One of the predominant groups of lactic acid bacteria. A number of species including L. brevisL. delbrueckii and L. pastorianus are contaminants of beer producing lactic acid and other off flavours. Lactic acid bacteria are commonly used in other food fermentations such as yoghurt and sauerkraut.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1b674994c” panel_title=”Lautering”]The process of separating the sweet wort (pre-boil) from the spent grains in a lauter tun or with other straining apparatus[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1c260d5cd” panel_title=”Low alcohol beer”]A beer produced from a low gravity wort and incompletely fermented or from a higher alcohol fermentation but with the alcohol removed by evaporation. Generally brewed for a specific market low alcohol beers lack the complex character of standard beers and are often supplemented with malt and hop extracts to provide additional flavor. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1a454dfe5″ panel_title=”Lager”]A rather general term for bottom fermented beers although traditionally used to designate beers matured for long periods at cold temperature. Lager beers today are generally very light in color, have some dimethyl sulphide aroma and are hoppy and moderately bitter in taste. They are filtered and brewery conditioned to produce a high carbonation and served from kegs through a fawcett.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1bd241f81″ panel_title=”Lightstruck (Skunked)”]Appears in both the aroma and flavor in beer and is caused by exposure of beer in light colored bottles or beer in a glass to ultra-violet or fluorescent light.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1c8fc21cb” panel_title=”Lupulone”]A spicy flavored component of hop oil.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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  1. A 1.5L bottle.
  2. A German variety of hops (also grown in the US) and daughter of Galena. It is a high alpha cultivar and is often used for the base bittering.
[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1e35acfff” panel_title=”Malting”]Malt production involves steeping the grains in 2 or 3 changes of water for 2-3 days to stimulate germination. Germinating grains are spread on open floors (floor malting), in long Saladin boxes or in automatic vessels with rotating arms mix and control the growth. When the grains have developed sufficiently to produce adequate levels of enzymes they are dried in a kiln. Low temperature drying, less than 120oC, will preserve enzyme activity. Higher temperatures will roast the grain producing flavours but remove enzyme activity.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1e9ec4b2f” panel_title=”Mashing”]

The first major stage in the brewing process where malt and liquor are mixed and left to incubate at set temperature(s). Starch is digested to simple sugars and many compounds are released from the malt to enrich the wort. Infusion mashing maintains a constant temperature, generally between 60 and 68oC while temperature programmed and decoction mashing increases the temperature in steps from 35 oC to 45 oC to 65 oC and finishing at 75oC to curtain enzyme activity. Temperature programmed mashing is most suitable for poorly modified malt and allows rests at temperatures optimal for the digestion of b glucans, protein and starch respectively.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a20730f541″ panel_title=”Mercaptans”]Distinctive flavor compounds with the aroma of skunk. Produced by the photolysis of a side chain of iso a acids and the subsequent reaction of this with sulphur containing thiol radicals to produce 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol. Exposing beer to light, particularly by using clear glass bottles, will initiate this reaction although specially treated hop oil, Tetra hop, will stabilise the iso a acid.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a2127acf9e” panel_title=”Modified Malts”]Modified Malts refers to the length of the germination process and how many of the internal malt structures and compounds have already been broken down.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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A major brewing ingredient providing sugars for yeast fermentation. Usually derived from barley although other grains such as wheat, oats and rye may also be malted. Malted grains are softened by enzyme action during malting producing a modified grain. This softening results from digestion of cell wall material and exposes the starch for full digestion in mashing.

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A major disaccharide sugar produced by digestion of starch in mashing. b amylase specifically hydrolyses the non reducing end of starch chains to release maltose which comprises between 40 and 50% of the total sugar produced by the digestion. Composed of two glucose bound together maltose is readily fermented by yeast.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1f2089ea3″ panel_title=”Mashing Out”]The process of raising the mash temperature to 170F. The goal being to halt any enzymatic activity and prevent further conversion of starches to sugars.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a20dc54390″ panel_title=”Microbrewery”]As defined by the Brewers Association: A brewery that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75% or more of its beer sold off-site.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a2143766ed” panel_title=”Mouthfeel”]The textures one perceives in a beer. Includes carbonation, fullness and aftertaste.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1dc97c010″ panel_title=”Malt agar”]A simple microbiological growth media used in the laboratory for yeasts and molds. Produced by mixing malt extract with up to 2% agar.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1e6f374f7″ panel_title=”Maltotriose”]A major sugar produced by digestion of starch in malting. a amylase releases maltotriose from starch chains by random hydrolysis. Maltotriose is fermentable by most brewing yeast but this depends on the health of the yeast. Old, stressed or continually repitched yeast may be less efficient at fermenting maltotriose and so leave the beer with an incomplete fermentation and an undesirably high final gravity.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a201843bb5″ panel_title=”MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the Americas)”]Master Brewers Association of the Americas was formed in 1887 with the purpose of promoting, advancing, and improving the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a20bbce51a” panel_title=”Milling”]

Milling crushes grains before mashing and so exposes the internal contents to the mash liquor and enhances dissolving and digestion by enzymes. Mills crush grain between two, four or six rollers running in opposite directions and are set to break open the grain but not to crush it into flour. Part crushing is particularly important to ensure that the husk is retained to provide the filter bed for separating wort at the end of mashing.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a216c716bf” panel_title=”Musty”]Moldy, mildewy character that can be the result of cork or bacterial infection in a beer. It can be perceived in both taste and aroma.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1e0ce0c8d” panel_title=”Malt Extract”]A thick syrup or dry powder prepared from malt and sometimes used in brewing (often used by new homebrewers).[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a1ecc98b19″ panel_title=”Mash filter”]

A large scale means of separating the mash solids from the wort at the end of mashing. Mash filters compress the mash in a large press allowing wort through filter cloth and retaining solids. Extraction of sugars may be more efficient than standard mash tun separation but the wort may be cloudier. Really only applicable to bulk production due to the high capital cost of the equipment.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a20464bb45″ panel_title=”Melanoidins”]Darkly pigmented compounds produced by the combination of simple sugars and amino acids. This reaction is accelerated by heating and mostly occurs during boiling. A range of melanoidins is produced from the different sugars and amino acids in the wort and also depends on the time of boiling. Melanoidins are good oxygen scavengers and can protect wort against oxidation and staling.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a2102930e7″ panel_title=”Modification “]The physical and chemical changes in barley that result from malting, especially the development of enzymes that are required to modify the grain’s starches into sugars during mashing, and also the physical changes that render the carbohydrate found in barley kernels more available to the brewing process. The degrees to which these changes have occurred, as determined by the growth of the acrospire.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a2196aff48″ panel_title=”Myrcene”]One of the essential oils made in the flowering cone of the hops plant Humulus lupulus.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a11dc1ad0d” panel_title=”Natural Carbonation”]Sugar is added to beer in its container and then sealed. Fermentation kicks off again as the yeast eats the new sugar addition. When yeast ferments, it releases CO2 which is then absorbed into the liquid.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a129401670″ panel_title=”Ninkasi “]Ninkasi was the ancient Sumerian tutelary goddess of beer (and alcohol). Symbolizing the socially important role of women in brewing and preparation of beverages in ancient Mesopotamia.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a140e63a78″ panel_title=”Nitrogenation”]The addition of nitrogen gas to beer to produce a smoother palate on dispense. Nitrogen is poorly soluble in beer and requires a high pressure to dissolve. On dispense much of the gas leaves the beer producing small bubbles which provide a tight, compact head.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a143089fdb” panel_title=”Nitrosamines”]Potentially carcinogenic compounds produced from amides or amines in wort, usually by bacterial action. Levels are low today due to control over the brewing process and reduction in microbial contamination.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a11360f7b7″ panel_title=”Oasthouse”]A farm-based facility where hops are dried and baled after picking.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a11561c2c0″ panel_title=”Original Gravity (OG)”]The specific gravity of wort before fermentation. A measure of the total amount of solids that are dissolved in the wort as compared to the density of water, which is conventionally given as 1.000 and higher. Synonym: Starting gravity; starting specific gravity; original wort gravity.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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An organic acid released into wort from barley and other grains. Can complex with calcium to produce precipitated crystals of calcium oxalate.

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0e6c5c571″ panel_title=”Primary Fermentation”]The first stage of fermentation carried out in open or closed containers and lasting from two to twenty days during which time the bulk of the fermentable sugars are converted to ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. Synonym: Principal fermentation; initial fermentation.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0c4e5ce99″ panel_title=”Papain”]A protease enzyme produced by the pineapple plant. May be used in beer to reduce protein levels and protect against haze.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0d1ce91ca” panel_title=”Permanently soluble nitrogen”]The fraction of protein and other nitrogen compounds remaining after precipitation in the boil. These proteins will contribute to head formation and to mouthfeel and are an important component of beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0f99d239c” panel_title=”Prohibition”]A law instituted by the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (stemming from the Volstead Act) on January 18, 1920, forbidding the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. It was repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on December 5, 1933. The Prohibition Era is sometimes referred to as The Noble Experiment.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a10cb0442e” panel_title=”pH”]Abbreviation for potential Hydrogen, used to express the degree of acidity and alkalinity in an aqueous solution, usually on a logarithmic scale ranging from 1-14, with 7 being neutral, 1 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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Paraflow heat exchangers are used to heat or cool bulk volumes of beer. They are typically constructed of a series of parallel plates of stainless steel with wort or beer running across one side and chilled water or steam across the other. The rate of heat exchange is a function of the flow rate of the product passing through.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0d4b4b274″ panel_title=”Phenols”]Cyclic organic compounds present in wort and often possessing distinctive flavors. Aromatic alcohol phenols are produced by yeast fermentation and may give beer a floral character above 200 mg per liter. Other phenols are less attractive. Chlorophenols produced by the reaction of phenol with chlorine are very pungently medicinal at very low levels. Spicy, clove like flavors are produced by the decarboxylation of the phenol ferulic acid from malt into 4-vinyl guaiacol. This reaction is catalysed by wild yeasts but not brewing yeasts and indicates possible contamination of yeast or beer. It is, however, a desirable feature of wheat beers which thus require an appropriate yeast for an authentic production[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0ed485824″ panel_title=”Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)”]A molecular biology procedure whereby a single piece of DNA may be extracted from a sample and multiplied extensively to demonstrate the presence of a particular gene or organism. Currently being developed as an identification procedure for yeasts and beer contaminants but also to distinguish barley and hop varieties.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0fb104284″ panel_title=”Proteolytic enzymes”]Enzymes found in malt which digest proteins into polypeptides and amino acids. They are very active in malting where much of the barley protein is digested. In poorly modified malt it may be necessary to further digest protein in mashing by a temperature infusion at 50-55oC to avoid beer hazes from excess protein remaining in the wort.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0caa7fd8d” panel_title=”Pasteurization”]The heat treatment of beer to kill microorganisms and provide stability to brewery processed beer. Flash pasteurization is commonly conducted by passing beer through a heat exchanger heated with steam. The rapid flow of the beer ensures a limited time of contact of around 30 seconds at a temperature of 73oC and minimises degradation effects on the beer. Despite this pasteurised beer often tastes oxidised and aged due to the oxidisation of components at the high temperatures. Pasteurisation is measured in pasteurising units (PU) which are defined as the effect on microorganisms of holding the beer at 60oC for one minute.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0daa21128″ panel_title=”Pitching/Pitching Rate”]Pitching is the process of adding yeast to wort to start fermentation and produce beer. The number of yeast cells added per volume of wort is referred to as the “pitching rate.” Pitching rates may be expressed in terms of volume of yeast slurry per barrel of wort or as numbers of cells per milliliter. A typical pitching rate for warm-fermented ales would be 1 million cells/ml/degree Plato original gravity.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0f57231d5″ panel_title=”Priming sugar”]Sugars added to beer after fermentation to restart yeast activity and fermentation. Important in some cask ales and bottle conditioned beers where a secondary fermentation is necessary to produce additional carbonation. Sucrose would commonly be used but malt gives a better flavour profile.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0fd75e908″ panel_title=”Punt”]The hollow at the bottom of some bottles[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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A coccus variety of lactic acid bacteria with the ability to produce high levels of lactic acid and so readily spoil wort and beer. As with all lactic acid bacteria Pediococci are non-spore forming and gram negative. Unlike other lactic acid bacteria they are spherical in shape and are often distinguished by their diploid or tetrad arrangements of cells.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0e9b523b9″ panel_title=”Plato – degrees of measurement”]Plato units relate wort strength to the concentration of sugar in solution rather than the density. 1Plato is equivalent to 1 gram of sucrose dissolved in distilled water. For comparison a wort with a specific gravity of 1040 will be 10o Plato.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0f1619b35″ panel_title=”Protease”]Proteolytic enzyme which breaks down high molecular weight proteins into lower molecular weight. Proteases in malt are active during the protein rest at 40°C.-55°C. in the mash. Commercial proteases of plant, fungi, or bacterial origin are used in the brewhouse to supplement malt protease and more prominently in the cellar to chillproof the beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0fec77ead” panel_title=”Pycnometer”]A narrow mouth flask used for determining the specific gravity of wort or beer.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0b646d84b” panel_title=”Quaff”]To drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0baf23e0b” panel_title=”Quinones”]Phenolic compounds produced by the oxidation of polyphenols. Can act as oxidizing agents themselves in wort and so produce stale flavors.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a08fd0835f” panel_title=”Racking”]The process of transferring beer from one vessel to another, especially into the final package or keg.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a094e35a85″ panel_title=”Regional Craft Brewery”]As defined by the Brewers Association: An independent regional brewery having either an all malt flagship or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0915462e6″ panel_title=”Real Ale”]A style of beer found primarily in England, where it has been championed by the consumer rights group called the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Generally defined as beers that have undergone a secondary fermentation in the container from which they are served and that are served without the application of carbon dioxide.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0a879a695″ panel_title=”Reinheitsgebot”]The German beer purity law passed in 1516, stating that beer may only contain water, barley and hops. Yeast was later added after its role in fermentation was discovered by Louis Pasteur.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a09a80fcdb” panel_title=”Réaumur”]The Réaumur scale is a way of measuring temperature. The unit associated with the scale is called Réaumur, named after the physicist René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur who created it in 1731. The unit is usually abbreviated “Ré”, sometimes “r”. The two base points of the scale are 0° the melting point of ice and 80° the boiling point of water, both at normal pressure. One degree Réaumur is the 80th part of that temperature difference.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0aa1b9357″ panel_title=”Residual Alkalinity”]A measurement of the mash’s ability to buffer, or resist, attempts to lower its pH.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0b0923db9″ panel_title=”Refrigerant”]Substance such as ammonia, fluorocarbons (e.g., Freon) and less frequently CO2 and SO2 capable of removing heat from their surroundings by boiling at the desired temperature under economical and safe operating conditions. Also see “Brine.”[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0b2a9ebeb” panel_title=”Residual Sugar”]Any leftover sugar that the yeast did not consume during fermentation[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f523c89b6″ panel_title=”Saccharification”]Saccharification occurs during the mash when the diastatic enzymes start acting on the starches, breaking them up into sugars.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f88618d4d” panel_title=”Sarcina “]Known by brewers as Sarcina, (Pediococcus cerevisiae), is probably one of the most feared bacterial brewery contaminants, and may cause a condition in beer known as “sarcina” sickness. The main symptom is an unpleasant taste caused by diacetyl, a metabolic product of the organism. In many cases the change in taste may be accompanied by turbidity.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fe21b3194″ panel_title=”Shive”]

The wooden plug sealing the top of a cask. The shive contains a central plug which is opened to the air before dispense. Wooden pegs called spiles are inserted in the center of the shive to control air inlet and gas release from the beer. Porous spiles allow air through but reduce contamination from particles and are used during the serving period. Impermeable, hard spiles are used to temporarily seal the cask between serving periods.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a005894974″ panel_title=”Sorghum”]A cereal grain from various tropical cereal grasses (Sorghum vulgare), which is used as a grain for those who are gluten intolerant.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0117603e9″ panel_title=”Spent grains”]The solids remaining at the end of sparging. Consisting of husks, barley embryo, roots and shoots, undissolved starch grains and precipitated proteins and tannins. Spent grains are typically used as animal feed or for composting but may have occasional uses in foods such as biscuits and beer bread.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a04258936e” panel_title=”Starch”]

The major storage polysaccharide in barley endosperm cells. Produced by the polymerisation of glucose molecules starch has two molecular species, the linear polymer amylase (around 20%) and the branched polymer amylopectin (around 80%). Starch molecules are condensed into rigid starch grains during growth of the barley grain. These grains provide an inert energy store for when the grain germinates and are of two types, small grains 1-5m diameter and large grains 10-25m diameter. Mashing rapidly dissolves the small grains but most dissolved starch derives from the larger grains.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0706452f3″ panel_title=”Step Infusion”]A mashing method wherein the temperature of the mash is raised by adding very hot water, and then stirring and stabilizing the mash at the target step temperature.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a07c411779″ panel_title=”Sunstruck beer”]

Beer which has been photolysed by light. The photolysis releases a side chain of iso a acids and the subsequent reaction of this with sulphur containing thiol radicals to produce 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol which has the characteristic smell of skunk.

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f60e3f699″ panel_title=”Saccharometer “]A saccharometer is an instrument for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution, as by determining the specific gravity of the solution. It is usually calibrated directly to give a reading of concentration.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fbe044479″ panel_title=”Secondary Fermentation”]The second, slower stage of fermentation for top fermenting beers, and lasting from a few weeks to many months, depending on the type of beer, and initiated by priming or by adding fresh yeast.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fe60272c9″ panel_title=”Silica hydrogel”]Commonly known as lucilite, silica hydrogel specifically absorbs proteins and polypeptides from wort. The particles are added to beer during maturation or at filtration and can act in as little as 5 minutes to adsorb polypeptides with an isoelectric point between 3.0 and 5.0. As a result they are used in clarification and stabilisation, particularly when a long shelf life is required.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ffab855c0″ panel_title=”Sour”]A taste perceived to be acidic and tart. Sometimes the result of a bacterial influence intended by the brewer, from either wild or inoculated bacteria such as lactobacillus and pediococcus.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a038ad066d” panel_title=”Spigot”]A faucet used to regulate the flow of liquids from the bunghole of a barrel.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a048d876df” panel_title=”Steam Beer”]Steam beer is a highly effervescent (high carbon dioxide content) beer made by top fermenting lager yeasts at warmer ale yeast fermentation temperatures that originated in California. Modern steam beer, also known as California common beer, was originated by Anchor Brewing Company, which trademarked the term Steam Beer in 1981. While steam beer is considered a specialty microbrew style of beer today, it was originally a cheap beer made for blue collar workers.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a074742cbd” panel_title=”Stillage”]A support for casks when positioned in the cellar. Stillaging is necessary so that yeast may settle into the belly of the cask and not be pulled out into the beer when it is dispensed through the tap. Stillages are usually two bars of wood or steel with the rear bar raised slightly higher than the front bar. The cask is further raised during dispense by placing chocks under the rear edge to assist flow.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f78953618″ panel_title=”Saccharomyces”]The genus of yeast which are particularly adapted to fermentation of strong sugar solutions and which thus produce high levels of alcohol. Saccharomyces cereisiae is the traditional brewing yeast and produces the typical flavour balance characteristic of beer. Other Saccharomyces yeasts also ferment but produce high levels of other flavours such as the spicy 4-vinyl guaiacol or the butterscotch diacetyl which are not so desirable. These Saccharomyces yeasts would be considered contaminants and may be termed wild yeasts. Saccharomyces diastaticus is a particularly undesirable contaminant in that it has the ability to ferment dextrins by producing amylase enzymes. As a result the beer becomes over fermented and lacks the body provided by the unfermentable sugars.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fc4bcd0f0″ panel_title=”Sediment”]The refuse of solid matter that settles and accumulates at the bottom of fermenters, conditioning vessels and bottles of bottle-conditioned beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fe7b255cd” panel_title=”Slack malt”]

Malt which has absorbed water and become soft and stale.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79feb9e460b” panel_title=”Sparging”]In lautering  sparging is washing of grains at the end of mashing to remove residual sugars and maximize extract.  Sparging consists of spraying the spent mash grains with hot water to retrieve the liquid malt sugar and extract remaining in the grain husks. Ideally using treated liquor at 77oC to reduce viscosity and terminate enzyme activity.   [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a03e389c30″ panel_title=”Spiles”]Small, wooden pegs or plugs, used to close vent holes in barrels[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0589897bf” panel_title=”Sterols”]Lipids which are essential for yeast membrane growth. Sterols contribute to the flexibility of yeast membranes and require oxygen for their synthesis by the yeast cell. Although yeast may multiply extensively without oxygen during fermentation they must be exposed to oxygen before a further pitching so that they have an opportunity to produce sterols. This will typically happen during cropping but many brewers aerate their collected worts before fermentation to ensure that their yeast is fully prepared.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a07798ce5f” panel_title=”Strike temperature”]The temperature of the brewing liquor which is added to the mash. This is typically between 75 and 80oC to compensate for the lower temperature of the mash and adjusted to achieve a final temperature in the mash of 60-70oC. A high strike temperature is also desirable to swell and gelatinise the starch grains and so expose them to digestive amylase enzymes.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f862ef487″ panel_title=”Saladin box”]A bulk container for the semi automatic malting of cereals. Barley grains are placed in the box immediately after steeping and grow. Air is sparged through the floor of the box and rakes are slowly run through the box turning the grains and keeping the rootlets from entangling.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79fc8725271″ panel_title=”Session Beer”]A session beer is a beer that has low alcohol content and is therefore suitable for drinking several over an extended period. This usually means beers in the range of 3-5% alcohol by volume. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a002762d41″ panel_title=”Solvent-like”]Flavor and aromatic character similar to acetone or lacquer thinner, often due to high fermentation temperatures.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a016c7a19d” panel_title=”Specific Gravity”]Specific gravity in the context of fermenting alcoholic beverages, refers to the specific gravity, or relative density compared to water, of the wort or must at various stages in the fermentation.The density of a wort is largely dependent on the sugar content of the wort. Several different scales have been used for measuring the original gravity. For historical reasons, the brewing industry largely uses the Plato scale (°P), which is essentially the same as the Brix scale used by the wine industry. For example, OG 1.050 is roughly equivalent to 12°P.   [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a04095b8b5″ panel_title=”Standard Reference Method (SRM)”]An analytical method and scale that brewers use to measure and quantify the color of a beer. The higher the SRM is, the darker the beer. In beer, SRM ranges from as low as 2 (light lager) to as high as 45 (stout) and beyond.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a0668d1ed5″ panel_title=”Steeping “]Similar to mashing, steeping adds fermentable sugars to the brew, and can provide a large variety of flavors and colors in the beer. The steeping process is done before the boil when grains are typically put in a steeping bag and immersed in the brewing water. Alternatively they can be steeped in a separate pot while the main boil is being prepared. Not all grains are suitable for steeping[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a7a07a1aabc4″ panel_title=”Sucrose”]Common table sugar, sucrose is a disaccharide composed of molecules of glucose and of fructose bonded together. Only small amounts (<5%) of sucrose are found in malt but sucrose may be added to wort as an adjunct and after fermentation as a priming sugar to restart fermentation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79efb34b8f9″ panel_title=”Tannin”]A group of organic compounds contained in certain cereal grains and other plants. Tannins are present in the hop cone. Also called “hop tannin” to distinguish it from tannins originating from malted barley. The greater part of malt tannin content is derived from malt husks, but malt tannins differ chemically from hop tannins. In extreme examples, tannins from both can be perceived as a taste or sensation similar to sampling black tea that has steeped for a very long time.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f1064acd8″ panel_title=”Thermo-Bacteria”]Heat resistant microorganisms undesirable in brewing. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f20b65759″ panel_title=”Trehalose”]

A storage sugar found in yeast and providing energy reserves and stress protection. High levels (15% of dry weight) may develop towards the end of fermentation in preparation for dormancy before the next exposure to sugars and subsequent fermentation. Trehalose acts like glycogen in providing readily available energy but is unique in becoming intimately associated with cell membranes to stabilize them against stress conditions such as high temperature, high ethanol levels and desiccation.

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f43b34ea5″ panel_title=”Turbidity”]Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79efe440666″ panel_title=”Temperature programmed mashing”]A mashing regime which involves a stepped increase in temperature during the mash. Typical steps involve one temperature stands at 35-40 oC for digestion of b glucans, another at 50 oC for digestion of proteins, a third at 65 oC for digestion of starch and a final rise to a 75oC mash-off to stop enzyme activity by denaturation.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f160f0815″ panel_title=”Titration”]A method, or the process, of using a standard solution to determine the strength of another solution[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f1d97e955″ panel_title=”Trigeminal Nerves”]These nerves of the human face sense temperature and texture. Detection descriptors tied to beer’s sensations include: Cold/Hot, Silky/Tannic/Astringent, Thin/Heavy, Dry/Cloying, Flabby/Puckering, Cool/Burn.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f00d6daec” panel_title=”Temperature Rests”]Temperature Rests during the beer making process allows the brewer to adjust fermentable sugar profiles so as to influence characteristics of the resulting beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f04b91e29″ panel_title=”Top fermenting yeast”]One of the two basic fermentation methods characterized by the tendency of yeast cells to rise to the surface of the wort during fermentation. These yeasts remain on the surface as a yeast head and may be skimmed for repitching in a future brew.  In general ale yeasts are top fermenting whilst lager yeasts are bottom fermenting. Beers brewed in this fashion are commonly known as ale or top-fermented beers.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f2513e9cc” panel_title=”Trub”]Precipitated proteins, tannins and lipids produced in hot wort during boiling and in cold wort after collection in the fermenter. Ideally should be left behind in the copper and fermenter when wort and beer are racked to another vessel as may cause haze and encourage microbial growth.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f03009c15″ panel_title=”Testa”]The inner of three protective layers around the barley grain and composing the husk.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f19f288ff” panel_title=”Trappist”]An order of monks that have produced beer for over a millennium. There are seven Trappist breweries still in operation in Belgium and the Netherlands. Strict regulations prevent non-Trappist Abbey breweries from using the term.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79f27f37a11″ panel_title=”Tun”]
  1. A large brewer’s fermenting vat or cask for holding liquids, especially wine or beer.
  2. An imperial measure of liquid capacity, usually equivalent to 252 gallons or equal to 4 hogsheads.
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ec872d574″ panel_title=”Upperdough”]The sludge on top of the layer of grains in a straining tank, consisting of finely divided light particles, mostly coagulated protein.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ecefe144b” panel_title=”Vacuum evaporation”]Removal of alcohols from beer by means of exposure to low pressures and enhanced evaporation of volatile compounds.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ee3d3bb3e” panel_title=”Vicinyl diketones (VDK)”]Molecules with a double aldehyde group produced during fermentation by nitrogen metabolism. The common VDK is diacetyl produced from acetolactate, an intermediate of valine metabolism. Acetolactate is released into the wort and decarboxylates to diacetyl which has a very strong butterscotch flavour at low concentrations. Levels rise towards the end of fermentation but diacetyl is then reduced by yeast to produce 2,3 butane diol, a compound with a much higher flavour threshold. These reactions occur during normal processing but if yeast is removed too early high levels of diacetyl may result in beer.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ef48652c2″ panel_title=”Vorlauf”]Vorlauf is the process of clarifying the wort being drawn out of the mash tun. Often this is as simple as drawing 1-2L of wort at a time slowly into a container and then pouring softly back onto the top of the mash; taking care to disturb the grain bed as little as possible.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ed0f9de72″ panel_title=”Vat”]Usually a fermenting or storage vessel. Early breweries typically used large copper vats in the brewhouse. A very few breweries still use wooden vats for fermentation but wood is difficult to keep clean and infection-free and must be repitched often.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ee600d83e” panel_title=”Viscosity “]The resistance offered by a fluid (liquid or gas) to flow. The viscosity is a characteristic property and is a measure of the combined effects of adhesion and cohesion.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79edf34eb21″ panel_title=”Vent Hole”]A small hole to allow air to escape.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ee8cd149c” panel_title=”Volatile Compounds”]In chemistry, any one of those acids which can be distilled from an Acid aqueous solution at atmospheric pressure, such as acetic, and butyric acid. Fixed acids such as tartaric, phosphoric, etc., cannot be removed by distillation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ee21debae” panel_title=”Vitality”]A test of yeast functioning which measures the metabolic ability of yeast. Tests use the rate of uptake of oxygen when fermenting sugars or the release of acid and reduction in pH as an index of vitality. The higher the vitality the better the yeast’s fermentative potential.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79eeda8162a” panel_title=”Volstead Act”]Volstead Act, formally National Prohibition Act, U.S. law enacted in 1919 (and taking effect in 1920) to provide enforcement for the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e9ed321e5″ panel_title=”Wallerstein Media”]An agar medium used for the laboratory growth and characterization of yeasts. Wallerstein nutrient agar (WLN) contains bromomethyl green dye which may be taken up to different extents by different yeast strains so distinguishing their colonies. Wallerstein differential agar (WLD) also contains actinomycin, an antibiotic which inhibits yeast growth. WLD media is used to show the presence of bacteria in a beer or wort sample.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e9ed321e5″ panel_title=”Wet Hopping”]The addition of freshly harvested hops that have not yet been dried to different stages of the brewing process. Wet hopping adds unique flavors and aromas to beer that are not normally found when using hops that have been dried and processed per usual. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ea23a27d1″ panel_title=”Water”]One of the four ingredients in beer. Some beers are made up by as much as 90% water. Globally, some brewing centers became famous for their particular type of beer, and the individual flavors of their beer were strongly influenced by the brewing water’s pH and mineral content. Burton is renowned for its bitter beers because the water is hard (higher PH), Edinburgh for its pale ales, Dortmund for its pale lager, and Plzen for its Pilsner Urquell (soft water lower PH).[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ea23a27d1″ panel_title=”Whirlpool”]Round cylindrical flat bottom tank into which hot Tank wort from the brew kettle is pumped at high velocity and tangentially to its straight wall. This high speed stream causes the wort in the tank to rotate slowly and do deposit its trub in a more or less compact cone in the center of the tank. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ea89abdea” panel_title=”Water Treatments”]Treatments to adjust and control the acidity of the mash, usually by the addition of acid to neutralise the bicarbonate salts and by addition of calcium salts to enhance the release of acid from phytate. Typical treatments may be to add sulphuric acid to the hot liquor followed by a mixture of calcium sulphate and calcium chloride to the mash.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79ea89abdea” panel_title=”Widget”]A device inserted into a beer can to induce the rapid release of nitrogen gas when the pressure is release on opening. The rapid release results in many small bubbles which form a thick, creamy head which lasts longer than a carbon dioxide head. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79eac9e5703″ panel_title=”Wild Yeasts”]Non brewing yeasts are commonly called wild. Even non brewing strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae may be termed wild in a brewery if they alter the beer flavor or affect the fermentation performance of the standard brewing yeast. Most wild yeasts found in beer are of a different Saccharomyces species or a different genera such as Pichia, Bretannomyces or Hansenula and produce distinctive flavours as well as turbidity.   [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e9ed321e5″ panel_title=”Wort”]The sugar solution produced by the mashing process. Wort also contains proteins, amino acids, phenols, vitamins and minerals and is an excellent medium for the growth of microorganisms. The major sugar in most worts is maltose (40-45%) but glucose (12%), maltotriose (15%) and dextrins (20-25%) are also present.   [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e6f9da8a4″ panel_title=”Xylose”]The basic sugar of pentosan compounds found in malt cell walls. Pentosans are not easily digested but those that are will release xylose into the wort.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e56c9c218″ panel_title=”Yeast”]A microscopic fungus. Over 700 species are recognized but all share a common single celled morphology with a rigid cell wall and an eukaryotic cell structure. Most yeasts reproduce by budding and many produce spores which help resist adverse conditions. The common brewing yeast is the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae which has the ability to ferment high sugar concentrations and may be distinguished by this in identification tests. [/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e670e1224″ panel_title=”Yeasty”]Yeast like flavor; a result of yeast in suspension or beer sitting too long on sediment.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e5873b6fc” panel_title=”Yeast Cake”]Living yeast cells compressed with starch into a cake, for use in brewing.[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e56c9c218″ panel_title=”Yield of”]Number of pounds of extract, obtained from 100 pounds of brewing material, given in percent. Also kilos extract per kilo brewing material. Distinguish between laboratory yield of malt and adjunct which is determined by standard ASBC methods and brewhouse yield, which depends on equipment and operating conditions. Brewhouse yield ranges from 92 to 98% of laboratory yields. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e9a66ea8b” panel_title=”Yeast Crop”]Yeast collected from fermentors during or after the fermentation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e59c3ce47″ panel_title=”Yeast Pitching”]The point in the brewing process in which yeast is added to cool wort prior to fermentation.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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The standard measurement of packaged hops. One zentner of whole leaf hops is equivalent to 50Kg.

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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e872a568b” panel_title=”Zymase”]A group of enzymes (originally found in yeasts and bacteria) which, in the presence of oxygen, convert glucose and a few other carbohydrates into carbon dioxide and water or, in the absence of oxygen, into alcohol and carbon dioxide or into lactic acid.[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e754b681f” panel_title=”Zymonomas mobilis”]A pernicious bacterial contaminant of beer. Zymonomas mobilis is the major species found and produces very distinctive vegetal off flavours as well as some lactic acid so rapidly spoiling beer. The bacteria grows particularly well with glucose and sucrose and is most likely to contaminate primings or beer primed for cask conditioning. [/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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  1. The branch of chemistry that deals with fermentation processes, as in brewing.
  2. The name of the American Homebrewers Association bi-monthly magazine.
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[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e48df006f” panel_title=”18th Amendment”]The 18th amendment of the United States Constitution effectively established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring illegal the production, transport and sale of alcohol (though not the consumption or private possession).[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
[lvca_accordion style=”style3″][lvca_panel panel_id=”panel-5a79e4cdc6d21″ panel_title=”21st Amendment”]The 21st amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which had mandated nationwide Prohibition on alcohol on January 17, 1920[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion]
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Content courtesy CraftBeer.com, brewlab.co.uk, winning-homebrew.com