Lager

The beauty of brewing

The beauty of brewing is that it's a natural process, enhanced by craftsmanship to create the perfect beverage.

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An Introduction

All lagers contain three main ingredients which, when yeast is added, are magically transformed into the brew we all know and love.

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Natural

A grain bursting with goodness, naturally containing starch, protein and fibre.

Soaking

First the barley is carefully soaked to start the germination process. This naturally releases enzymes that unlock the goodness from the grain.

Malting

After soaking, the barley is gently heated to dry out over the course of a few days. This meticulous process is called malting.

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Malting starts the process of converting the barley's starch into simple sugars. It's these sugars that will be converted into alcohol.

Water is the main ingredient in lager, it can make up an incredible 95% of the finished product.

Water is the main ingredient in lager

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Many years ago, lagers were brewed in areas with soft water and ales in areas of hard water.

Being such a vital ingredient, only the highest quality of water is used.

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Water is mixed with the crushed, malted barley. This creates wort, a sweet sugary liquid, which is then boiled.

Hops give lager its bitterness and can also contribute to the aroma.

There are many varieties of hops, each with a distinctive flavour; from spicy aromas to mild herbal flavours. Selecting the right crop is an art form in itself.

The hops are added to the boiling water. Now only one addition remains.

Yeast

The last piece of the process

Yeast is added to the wort once it has cooled.

It is one of nature's miracles; different strains give each lager its own unique taste, which is why brewers are so protective of their own yeasts.

Now it's time for the yeast to work its magic

and begin the natural process of fermentation: converting sugar into alcohol and CO2. Essentially, making lager taste like lager.

Did you know

Traditionally ales are fermented at a higher temperature than lagers.

You can't rush perfection, which is why lager is carefully left to mature so that the flavour can develop.

The process is complete,

A lager is born

And that's the beauty of brewing. It's a time-honoured tradition and process that gives lager its unique quality and diversity.