Brewing Beer: Boil and Hop Additions
We met up with Adam Thomas, director of barrel operations at MobCraft Beer, on a day they were brewing a batch of Bat$h!t Crazy, the brewery's flagship Coffee Brown Ale. After the mash-in process, the sugary water is transferred to a boil kettle while the grain is left behind. That sugary water, or wort, is brought up to a boil before hops and other flavors are added.
In this video, Thomas talks about this process and why hops are added in this order.
As Thomas explains, the hops add a bitter flavor that balances with the sweetness generated by the grains.
Hops haven't always been the primary bittering ingredient in beer. Long ago, brewers used a combination of bitter herbs and flowers like dandelions, burdock root and marigolds. However, hops have become the norm because of their antimicrobial properties.
The MobCraft taproom is open seven days a week. There are over a dozen beers on tap and several available for purchase to-go. Stop by to give them a try and stay tuned to ShepherdExpress.com/MobCraft for more updates.
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Over the next few months we will continue to take a look inside the Walker’s Point brewery and taproom to get a behind the scenes look at everything from their brewing process, packaging, special events and, of course, the crowd sourcing approach to turning your ideas into beer.
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