auto-brewery syndrome

Auto-Brewery Syndrome

We all have bacteria and yeast that live in our gut and you’ve probably read about them here! For most of us, we live in relative harmony with these tiny guests. But sometimes, either due to our immune systems malfunctioning or lifestyle changes (like when we take antibiotics), yeast that ferment ethanol start to grow in our intestines. And that leads to auto-brewery syndrome. Not A 24/7 Party I know, it sounds like a dream right? You can brew your own alcohol! Unfortunately, people with auto-brewery syndrome live in a world where they are either drunk or hungover. This is…

not lagers

The Lager Story

The German Lager Compared to the Belgians, German beers are rather monotonous. Instead of using ale yeast, lager yeast (a more chilled out yeast) is used in the brewing process. There are two historical events to thank for all this: a beer purity law and a duke. The law was called the Reinheitsgebot and it said that beer could only be made from barley, water, and hops. As for the duke, well, he really liked predictable beer flavors, so he insisted people only brew between September 29th and April 23rd. Lagering If you’re a baker, you’ll know that keeping ingredients…

beer yeast

We Bow to Yeast

Fun Guys There are many factors that determine beer flavor, but the most finicky and temperamental of them all is the yeast. Beer yeast fall under Kingdom Fungi, and as the name suggests, they are indeed fun guys. Before we get this party started though, a little beer science. Preparing the Ingredients There are three main ingredients that go into making beer: water, barley, and hops. Yeast is the activating agent. The grain must first be partially sprouted; we call this process “malting”. Malting causes the plant to produce a starch-breaking enzyme that turns starch into simple sugars. Beer yeast…