Surprising Facts About Homemade Beer

May 14, 2015 by

I’ll start from the very beginning, and I say that because beer is older than a substantial number of civilizations which have attempted to stand against the test of time. The origins of beer stretch so far back that it is impossible to determine when, or even where beer originated.

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As many historians suggest, this is a historic beverage that dates all the way back to the fifth millennium BC, surpassing the lifespan of countless empires and kingdoms, a drink of choice for the rich and the poor.

The ever popular bubbly potion was mentioned even in one of the most ancient epic poems of the documented world – the Epic of Gilgamesh. Needless to say, the brewing industry is a blooming global business today, but the best thing about this process of fermentation is that it can be done in the comfort of your own home!

Still, it’s curious how beer has also gotten a bad reputation over time, that it’s hazardous for your health, physically and psychologically, but let’s be frank, if there is no moderation, what isn’t? So bear with me… There is a crucial difference between homemade beer and processed industrial beer! For instance, industrial beer doesn’t have the beneficial bacteria, its nutrition value is much lower and all the good stuff in it is impoverished compared to the real homemade deal. If you ever get the chance to taste both of these types of beer at once, I guarantee you, the difference will be staggering.

Brewing beer is a tad meticulous process, but it all comes down to soaking malted barley in hot water in order to extract all the malt sugars. That malt sugar is then boiled with hops to give it flavor and the whole solution is cooled and mixed with yeast, triggering fermentation. Unfiltered beer is highly nutritious, contains glucose, vitamins B, minerals, antioxidants and supplies the body with beneficial bacterial flora.

So, contrary to popular belief, drinking beer is tremendously healthy, as long as it’s not consumed too much, of course. Some of the benefits include reducing risk of cardiovascular diseases, meaning that it’s actually benign for your heart, it has anticancer properties, beer also enhances bone density, aids digestion, treats diabetes, gallstones, as well as kidney stones, decreases the chance of having a stroke, relieves stress and it even slows down the aging process, among many other things.

The largest beer consumers can be found in Europe and North America, a drink that usually comes after a certain meal, or hard work, or on weekends just to diminish the tension of everyday obligations, or simply during a warm summer’s day. One funny thing, though, is that the notorious beer-belly is actually a misconception, because beer can definitely improve your metabolic process. The key is not to be lazy and blame it all on this beverage.

A couple of words of advice, always choose to drink tastier beer, whether it’s in a pub that makes its own brew, or whether you choose to get your own beer brew supplies and roll your sleeves to do this (in fact) ancient craft by yourself at your home. And also try to drink a bit less, too, since it’s obviously easy to get carried away. Remember, quality over quantity… Everything else is at your leisure. Cheers!

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