Most people love beer, but few know how it is made. SABMiller, a global brewing company, released an animated video that explains the process of beer brewing.
According to the company, the video was released for three and a half minutes motion graphics to explain complex technical processes correctly, simply and without fuss.
We have created a series of GIFs from the video to help you understand the key steps in the brewing process.
Step 1: Grinding the grain
Starting In the brewhouse, various types of malt are crushed together to separate the grain kernels. This is done to extract fermentable sugars and produce grist.
Step 2: Mash Conversion
The grist is then transferred to a mash tun where heated and mixed with water. Natural enzymes found in malt are used to convert the malt’s starch into sugars.
Step 3: Lautering
The mash is then transferred into the lauter tun, separated from the grain shells by a sweet liquid known as wort.
Step 4: Boil
The wort is then collected into a vessel called “a kettle” and brought to a boil before adding the hops.
Step 5: Separate and cool the Wort
After boiling the wort, it is transferred to a whirlpool to undergo the wort separation stage. This stage removes any hop or malt particles to create a liquid that can be chilled and fermented.
Step 6: Fermentation
During the filling of a vessel, yeast is added to start fermentation. The yeast converts sugary wort to beer by producing alcohol, various flavours, carbon dioxide, and other compounds. This is used later to give the beer its sparkle.
Step 7: Maturation
The young “green” beer must be aged after fermentation to ensure that the flavours are fully developed and smooth.
Step 8: Filtration and carbonation.
After the beer has reached its maximum potential, it is filtered and carbonated. The beer then goes into the bright beer tank, where it undergoes a cellaring process that can take between 3-4 weeks. The beer can be packaged once it is finished.