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How We Brew The Classic Styles At Black Hops

Now it’s time to get back to basics and talk about brewing so-called “classic” beer styles, especially pale ales. We’ll dive into what beer is, why brewing beer is more difficult than lager, 

and dive into the steps of brewing our core series Lay Day Lager. We’ll also discuss how to brew German-style beers, such as our recent Doppelbock, whose origins and brewing principles date back centuries.

What’s the difference between beer and lager?

In broad terms, beer is usually divided into two main categories – ale and lager – and there are many different styles under these two categories. The difference between these two different beers is all about the yeast.
Beers are brewed with top-fermenting yeasts, which means that the cell walls of these yeasts combine with carbon dioxide bubbles and float to the top. They are usually fermented at a higher temperature than beer and have a shorter fermentation time.


Beer, on the other hand, is fermented with yeast that settles to the bottom during fermentation. These yeasts are usually a mixture of brewer’s yeast and the Patagonian wild yeast Obayanus yeast. 

Due to the lower fermentation classic temperature and activity, ale fermentation usually takes longer than lager fermentation.

Pale ales usually have a crisp, clean flavor and lack the intense flavor and mouthfeel of lager. This is due in part to the fact that esters and phenolic organic compounds, which contribute to the aroma and flavor of many beer styles, are less classic pronounced in colder fermentation environments. 

Esters usually bring a more desirable (fruity) flavor, while phenols (including substances such as tannins) bring a more “spicy” flavor (or off-flavor if left unchecked!). .
Is it hard to make a good beer?

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It is often said that beer, while an easy beer, is actually more difficult to brew. A wise man once said that to measure the true classic value of a brewer, try their beer. Why is this true? There are several factors at play here.
Because the beer is more refined and less strong than ale, glitches tend to classic be more obvious. You can’t just add a bunch of extra hops to a can to smooth things out (also known as “hopping out”) if things don’t go according to plan during the brewing process,

 and sometimes there are small differences when brewing beers like IPA’s. A beer is simply a beer brewer sitting in his pants in the headlights. Very enlightening.
Beers are also more difficult to brew because they require very specific conditions to achieve a more refined flavor. Brewing temperatures need to be lower than for malts, 

and they need to be monitored more precisely to ensure effective fermentation without stressing the yeast by being too hot or too cold.
Pale ales can take weeks or classic even months to produce, while IPAs can take a week or two to finish.

 They may also not fare well financially because, despite the extra time and monitoring required, it can be difficult to charge more for a product with fewer ingredients and not classic usually exciting to customers.


Though ultimately, it is difficult to achieve a consistent standard of excellence for all beers. Brewing any style of beer contains many variables that can go awry, no matter how good your quality control process is. Brewing a complex beer, such as an IPA, 

that tastes good all the time classic can also be a challenge, as you need to integrate and coordinate stronger hop flavors. No amount of “hopping out” can mask a beer that is full of diacetyl or microbial infections.
What about Pils?

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Pilsner beers are a very special kind of beer. To understand their relationship, think of it this way: a Pilsner beer is as different classic from a Lager beer as an IPA beer is from a pale ale – it’s a stronger, more intense style.

 It all comes down to the flavor components of the beer world known as hops, especially the noble hop varieties typically used with Pilsner beers.


The Pilsners take their name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where Bavarian brewer Josef Groll was asked to lend his German beer brewing expertise in response to the mass dumping classic of 36 barrels of contaminated beer in the 19th century. 

Groll took advantage of the region’s unique supply of “soft” water (to enhance the subtle flavors of the grains) and utilized the generosity of local specialty beers with the help of “Saaz” hops, the iconic noble hop variety.

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