Beer Q & A
Q1: Should I pour my can/bottle of beer into a glass? What’s the difference from drinking directly?
A1: Pouring the beer into a glass with a wider mouth helps release aromas better – remember that our sense of taste is dependent on smell. You will get to taste more of the beer’s character, as well as admire its clarity, colour and foam.
Q2: Will storing my craft beers improve their flavour?
A2: A good guideline for aging beers – beers which are above 7% alcohol, amber hue or darker and contain minimal hop character – are good for aging. Examples are heavy stouts, barleywines or strong bocks. Avoid aging IPAs, hoppy beers or wheat beers as far as possible as age has a negative impact on flavour.
Q3: Drinking craft beer won’t give me a hangover. True?
A3: False. Drinking any alcohol will eventually give any person a hangover depending on quantity and tolerance. People generally don’t get drunk on craft beer often because of the higher price point and intensity of flavours – you generally drink slower and feel satiated from the beer.
Q4: Can homebrewed beer be as good as commercially made craft beer?
A4: Yes, that is possible. With proper techniques applied in home brewing, homebrews can be as good or even better! Many successful professionals have had strong homebrewing roots – e.g. John Wei(Brewlander), Ken Grossman(Sierra Nevada), Shaun Hill(Hill Farmstead).
Q5: What is bottle conditioning?
A5: Bottle conditioning is a technique that is applied when bottling beers – notably Belgian ales, but can be performed with any beer. Bottle conditioning involves giving the yeast sufficient sugar to ferment and generate the desired level of carbonation or bubbles in a beer. This technique is known to add more yeast character to the beer, as well as reducing the oxygen content in the bottle.
A1：將啤酒倒入更寬的玻璃杯裡，有助於釋放香氣 – 由於我們味覺感受很大程度是依賴香氣。 倒進玻璃杯飲用，你會品嘗到啤酒更多的內涵，也可以欣賞啤酒外觀如清澈度、顏色和泡沫。
A2：以下是陳年精釀(手工)啤酒的指引- 酒精濃度高於7％，琥珀色調或較深色的、啤酒花較輕的啤酒比較適合陳年， 如Heavy Stout、Barleywines及Strong Bocks。 啤酒花較重如IPA或小麥啤酒都不適合陳年，因為這會削弱啤酒的風味。
A4：這是有可能的。只要有適當的技術，自釀啤酒也可以媲美大廠的精釀(手工)啤酒，甚至更好！ 事實上，許多成功的精釀(手工)啤酒釀造者，都有豐富的自釀啤酒經驗- 例如John Wei（Brewlander）、Ken Grossman（Sierra Nevada）及Shaun Hill（Hill Farmstead）等。