….with an ice cold beer of course!
Derived from the Slavic verb ‘to drink’ beer is the third most popular beverage after tea and water and rightfully so, that cool delicious golden liquid topped with white froth is a perfect accompaniment to a hot day or to drown your sorrows in.
Right now we have a lot to be salty about given our country’s situation so why not do it with some alcohol in hand?
It is essentially produced by extracting raw materials like water, boiling (usually with hops) and fermenting. Besides those malt (which is a kiln dried germinated barley) and yeast are also used.
Beer is as old as 6000 BCE and was produced in Sumer and Babylonia. Egyptian tombs show that barley or partly germinated barley was crushed, mixed with water and dried into cakes. These were then fermented by micro-organisms.
These techniques came to Europe through the Middle East and spread throughout the world during colonization which was mechanized during the industrial revolution. Now the brewing process involves malting, milling, mashing, extract separation, hop addition, boiling, fermenting and separation.
Lager, stout, ale are some popular variations of beer that depend on the fermentation process.
Beer is so popular that not only does it have a whole day dedicated to it which is the first Friday of August but it has a whole festival to celebrate it which is Oktoberfest. In fact over 7.3 million liters of beer is served in Germany alone.
However beer serves a multitude of other purposes other than getting one drunk.
We all love our fried food but adding beer into that mixture takes it to a whole new level. The tangy bitterness of the beer against the flour coating the chicken or prawn is to die for. If you want a richer caramel taste for a meatier product then a marinade is the perfect way to go. Recipes can be found online.
Beer is a perfect way to make any dull and old wood look brand new. Just wet a cloth with flat beer, wring it thoroughly and wipe the wood to give it that ‘just bought’ look.
Yes you heard right, while it is not as effective as a proper fire extinguisher the foam of the beer will do a good job and buy you some time.
Leftover beer works well as a deterrent on slugs and snails. Just leave some out in a container as they find the sweet smell attractive. Once they climb in they won’t be able to get out again. This also works on mice. Make sure not to put too much as they may drown.
Beer contains fermented sugars which can be useful to help strengthen the grass and regain its colour. Just pour some on the dull brown patches and watch it revive after a few days.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this before but a glass of beer can do wonders for your hair. Beer is high in vitamins and proteins and the alcohol will cleanse and soften your wild hair.
Due the carbonation factor present in beer it helps break down the rust and leaves bolts and screws shiny and looking brand new. You can even clean copper as a result.
Again due to carbonation it’s great to use on carpets to get out any tea or coffee stains. Just pour and massage it into the stain. To remove it just blot it and repeat as necessary.
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