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How to brew

If you haven't brewed before, making your own beer may seem as mysterious as alchemy. How can it be that you can mix together a few ingredients, add some water, sprinkle some yeast in and end up with beer?

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Hops

Beer with no hops would be very sweet and fairly tasteless. It's the bitterness of the hops that balances the residual sweetness of the malt, and adds aroma and flavour.

Hops are the flower cone of Humulus lupulus, a vine related to cannabis. Only the female plant produces flower cones, which are light and the consistency of tissue paper.

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Other ingredients

Apart from grain, water, hops and yeast there are hundreds of other ingredients that can go into beer. Some of these additives are traditionally used in beer, while others have only begun to be used recently as microbrewers push the boundaries of brewing. These ingredients, along with unmalted grains, are not essential ingredients in beer and are referred to as adjuncts.

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