TBF 04: Beer 101 – Ales Vs. Lagers

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In this Beer 101 episode Greg takes you through the three main components that make Ales and Lagers so different.

1. Yeast 

  • Ales are top fermenting ( will produce a chemical called esters)
  • Lager (comes from the German word store) use bottom fermenting yeast (don’t add any flavors)

2. Temperature

3. Time

  • Ales yeast ferment better in warmer temp brewed in about 7 days
  • Lager fermented in colder temp and for a longer period of time, come from Europe

Side notes

Ales have a lot more “wiggle” room ( lots of different favors)

They will have another episode with an actual brewer explaining more in to brewing.

Ales thousands of years old, new recipes are being found and modified

Ales can be served warm or cold. Sometimes called a cellar beer and will be served at cellar temp

Lagers slightly more fruity because of the esters, lagers are newer and are served 40 to 45 degrees and should be served cold. It won’t taste as good If it sits out.

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