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Jeroen Wenting
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Most beers contain all kinds of chemicals to enhance shelflife. Preservatives, artificial stuff to enhance taste, etc. etc. are added.
In Germany all that is strictly prohibited.


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Sheila Wallace
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
I thought I couldn't understand any Scottish accent until I went to Scotland this year

What? Not even mine??
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
Most beers contain all kinds of chemicals to enhance shelflife. Preservatives, artificial stuff to enhance taste, etc. etc. are added.
In Germany all that is strictly prohibited.

Most beers? I don't know of any beers that contain chemicals. Could you name some.


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Steve Wink
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
[QB]Most beers contain all kinds of chemicals to enhance shelflife .... enhance taste, etc. etc. are added.
QB]

I think thats why beer originally had hops added to it. That and the alcohol, you don't need additives.
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Steve Wink:
I think thats why beer originally had hops added to it. That and the alcohol, you don't need additives.

Hops provide both taste and a natural preservative to the beer. Hops tend to have a bitter taste so the more hops a beer has the more bitter the taste.
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...but you may be interested to know that Miller Lite contains propylene glycol alginate, water, barley malt, corn syrup, chemically modified hop extracts, yeast, amyloglucosidase, carbon dioxide, papain enzyme, liquid sugar, potassium metabisulfite, and Emka-malt, whatever that is. I would venture to say that light beers as a class tend to have more additives than others, simply because they'd be totally flat and tasteless otherwise.

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Joe Pluta
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If you google Ekma-malt, you get this very interesting page:
http://www.ddwilliamson.com/products/caramel_color_specifications/dd_williamson_307.htm
I think the HTML is as frightening as the ingredient. The left border is particularly scary. Definitely JavaScript gone insane.
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Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
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I guess I'm used to a better class of beer:
http://www.samadams.com/beer/specs/adjuncts.html
Notice that the only ingredient in Bud other than the ones I listed is tannin. Tannin is a natural ingredient found in tea. I know some homebrewers who use anti-clouding agents. I never use them because the cloudiness only effects the appearance and not the taste.
Steven Broadbent
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Isn't budbweiser a czech brand? - it tastes awful and I thought the czechs were renowned for their beer.
Anyway the best lager is 1664, by far.


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Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Steven Broadbent:
Isn't budbweiser a czech brand? - it tastes awful and I thought the czechs were renowned for their beer.
Budweiser Budvar is Czech and the 'original' Bud brand. Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch is American. Some is explained here:
http://www.budvar.cz/html/en/main_spor.html
(from their main site: http://www.budvar.cz under 'About us' > 'Trademark dispute')
I've tried both and much prefer the US Bud. That, Stella Artios Dry, Koronenburg 1664 and Corona are all lagers of choice for me (depending on the occasion), though I'll tend to drink anything yellow, fizzy and alcoholic.
 
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