The world is going abuzz with the terms “cocktail brewing”. Mixologists are coming up with several types of brewing to offer one-better-than the other taste of cocktails. Several ingredients of the best quality are used in this process.
What is brewing? It is the process by which beer is made. A brewery is the building where beer is produced dedicatedly by a brewing company. When it is brewed home domestic use in home, it is called home brewing.
Beer is made when a starch is turned into a sugary substance called wort. The starch usually comes from malted barley. The actual beer is made from the fermentation of the wort as affected by yeast.
When starch is made into a sugary type of substance known as wort, beer is made. Affected by the yeast, the wort is fermented and then the actual beer is made. A process called mashing produces wort. Here the starch is mixed with hot water in a device known as a mash tun. The process of mashing requires around one- two hours. It is during this time that the starch gets converted to sugar. The sweet part of the wort is then drained off of the grains, and the grains themselves are washed in a process called sparging.
The next step which is followed is called wort separation. In this step, the spent grain is separated from the wort and sparge water. This can be separated through lautering, where the grain bed is used for the filter. There are several breweries which prefer to use filter frames, in order to get a more finely ground grist.
A device known as kettle or copper is used to keep the sweet wort that has been collected from the process. To evaporate away the water, the wort is boiled for around an hour. This leaves behind the sugars and other wort component materials. By this process, hygiene is also maintained by killing bacteria.
While boiling, hops can be added to the beer to draw out bitterness, aroma, and flavor. These hops can be added at any point during the boiling process, and can actually be added multiple times, depending on the recipe. The earlier that the hops are put into the boil, the more bitterness they will exude, but they will also become less distinct in taste.
The hopped wart is now ready to be made into beer. Before that however some brewers do like to put the substance through a small vac filled with hops, in order to add more hops flavor to the beverage, as well as to filter it.
Yeast is added to cause the wort to ferment, turning it into beer. The fermentation process can take anywhere from one week to years to complete depending on the process. As the beverage ferments, the yeast, as well as all stray particles in the beverage fall to the bottom, leaving the alcohol clear of impurities. In some cases the beer is taken through a second fermentation process when it requires a longer fermentation, or greater clarity.
The final product is packaged in either casks or barrels, or individual bottles or cans, and made ready for delivery through various distribution channels.
How about knowing about some brewing cocktail now?
Brewing Distil’s own spirits with spices, herbs and dehydrated fruits is an amazing way of preparing something heavenly. It is a process which adds incredible flavour but is a tedious one. It can take as long as four hours, which is very few mixologists do it.
Distil – Brewed Cocktail
The brewing begins with the spirits and other additives have to be brewed together in a copper distiller. After this, they become the base for the gently flavoured cocktails, each of which is presented with The Shaftesbury presentations.
The Shaftesbury mixologist says that the process is extremely complex and involved and he brew all the ingredients himself to assure that the quality is maintained. The integrity of the brand is important when you are pouring Absolut 100, Havana Club Selección de Maestros, Plymouth Gin, Olmeca Tequila and Chivas 18.
Some of the popular brewed cocktails are:
Cold-infused Pu-erh 2006 vintage aged tea shaken with Absolut 100 brewed with vanilla tea, defused dehydrated lemon and wild honey, placed in a tea press with crushed dry ice, making the alcohol sparkle, the drink colder, and pulling the liquid up to the top chamber; shaken and served in a frosted martini glass garnished with dehydrated lemon peel.
Genie in a Bottle
What do you do with a genie in a bottle? You rub it! First we brew Havana Club Selección rum with cinnamon and cloves, then shake it three times counter-clockwise with spice liqueur and house-made apple pie syrup, add a touch of Cohiba cigar smoke, rub the cork out, and Presto! It is ready to be served with the aroma of Havana wafting through the air and a garnish of dehydrated pineapple.
Inspired by the multitalented chefs at The Dome, this culinary mixology masterpiece calls for Plymouth Gin brewed with Spanish saffron, Campari with macerated sage, and cold-infused sweet vermouth with cloves served in three separate mini bottles and a glass with frozen yin yang pebbles on a mini-wooden tea tray with orange incense burning underneath to arouse all senses.
The aristocratic Crabbies Scottish Ginger Beer has been brewed since the early 1800’s and enjoyed worldwide! Simple and refreshing, this cocktail can be premade in a pitcher and enjoyed during the warm days to come.
Apart from these, the sunny-bright cocktail, Weissen Sour, is quite popular. It has lemon juice, a white ale and bourbon orange marmalade. In fact, basically it is a whisky sour with beer.
El Matador, Black and Tan, Summer Hoedown, Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie, Hangman’s Blood, Beer’s Knees and Side walker are some other cocktails which make people go gag a over the taste.
The ingrained bubbles and array of flavours offered by beer, arrange the refreshment and versatility you always crave for.