Using Different Flavors in Home Brew Beer

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The beer industry makes billions every year from selling a variety of beers that all have different traits, styles, or flavors to make them unique. The microbrewery industry in specific has taken this to the highest level they can, coming out with beers that are so different and strange that people want to buy them just to experience something new. Others buy them because they fall in love with a certain flavor, and could never go back to a normal beer again. When using different flavors in home brew beer, one can create this same variety of flavors, or one can pick a particularly well-loved flavor and make a lot of it. This will make the home brew beer a hit with friends and family every time, and perhaps could push home brewing to the next level, that of the commercial microbrewery.

One excellent flavor to try to create is cheery wheat. Many of the big beer companies have had such success with this that they make it all the time. To make this, cherry extract has to be added into the mix when brewing the beer. A good ratio to use is four to six and a half — meaning, four ounces for every six and a half pounds of wheat. This can also be experimented with as one learns more about both brewing and the taste one desires. It may change a bit depending how much beer one is brewing, so having a staple amount that one brews each and every time is a good idea to breed consistency.

Cider can also be brewed, using the same equipment that it takes to brew beer. Many people like this a lot, especially in the autumn months, when cider is almost a part of the season. The upside of making cider is that one can add a lot of different flavors to it. Cider tastes great when mixed with cranberries or blackberries; these flavors also work with beer, though the taste is not as smooth. Since cider is a mix that has a lot of fruit flavor to it to start, it mixes with other fruit flavors very well. This means that cider can be made to fit the seasons: apple in the fall, lemon in the summer, and cranberries in the winter. Making beer or cider specific to the season is a great way to get people excited about drinking it, as they will start thinking about it again when that season comes back around.

Certain beers have different flavors, and so simply by brewing different styles, one will be able to achieve a wide range of flavors. Stouts are very dark, robust beers; they often taste good with a coffee flavor, caramel flavor, or smoke flavor. Some stouts, in order to create a sweeter taste, are also made with a chocolate flavor. IPAs, on the other hand, taste much like hops. Brown ales can taste sweet and smooth, and at the same time bitter; they are a unique beer if there ever was one. A good brown ale can be a mix of a lot of little flavors. Lagers and wheat ales are the best for adding other, outside flavors to. They are not as strong in their own tastes, and will adopt a new taste easily. The cheery wheat above is an example of this, as is the orange that has been added to some beers to produce a summer flavor. Also in that trend are both the flavors of lemon and lime, which can be added to lagers to make them even more refreshing on hot summer days.

One can really make a beer that stands out if one adds flavor. Many people have had a stout, one must remember, but not many people have had a stout that also tastes like chocolate and coffee. That is a taste they will love, and come to want again and again.

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