This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
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.
...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.
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.
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.