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55 per cent. As a general rule, high nitrogen malts are best for low gravity ales as the low grist weight does not contribute too much haze potential, but at the same time provides adequate yeast nutrition. Low nitrogen malts are a necessity for high gravity ales, particularly bottled-conditioned beers, as the grist materials will provide ample yeast nutrition without causing any undue problems with clarity. The Major Barley Proteins Albumen Albumen makes up as little as 4 per cent of the total protein, but it is of profound importance in brewing.

Many noted brewing centres today owe their origins to the early monastic establishments, and many breweries still draw their liquor from wells sunk by monks centuries ago. Eventually we brewed in the home, on the farm, in alehouses, taverns, inns and colleges, and by the nineteenth century on a gigantic commercial scale. ’ As the brewing industry grew, many styles of beer evolved and Scotch ales, Burton ales, bitters, India pale ales, pale ales, porters, stouts, light ales, amber ales, brown ales, mild ales and, eventually, Pilsner-style lagers satisfied the thirst of every social class.

Both vessels are fitted with a sensitive simmerstat, which helps control the mashing temperature and can simmer, or boil, the wort. Brupaks produce a 29ltr enamelled steel mash tun/boiler with an 1,800-watt element, plus a mash screen and tap. Combined mash tun/boilers are fine, but they cannot be used for both purposes at the same time! Therefore when sparging, the wort has to be collected in a separate vessel and then transferred to the boiler, or a separate mash tun is necessary, the latter being preferable.

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