The Ultimate Homebrewing Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

What is yeast?

It's a special type of fungi that's essential to beer making.

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In brewing, what important task does yeast perform?

Without yeast, beer brewing would be a pointless endeavor.

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What's one advantage to making your own yeast starter?

Sometimes kits include older yeast that's no longer viable.

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In addition to releasing alcohol, what else does yeast help unleash in a beer?

Beer just isn't beer if it doesn't have some fizz.

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What is the purpose of mashing?

It also hydrates the barley and activates the malt enzymes.

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What is the single most important element to homebrewing?

Without strict cleaning processes, contaminants like bacteria will ruin your brew.

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What is a primary ingredient in no-rinse sanitizer used for homebrewing?

The acid offers great sanitizing effectiveness but doesn't affect beer taste or quality.

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Adding Irish moss to your wort during the last half hour of boiling does what?

The moss is called a "fining" in brewing; other finings might be gelatin, activated carbon and copper sulfate, among others.

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What product is measured by alpha-acid units (AAUs)?

It's also called Homebrew Bitterness Units, a way to control the seasoning of your beer.

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The brewing-in-a-bag process was pioneered in which country?

The technique is very effective and can be used to make as much as 12 gallons of beer.

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What helps develop the characteristic taste in so-called sour beers?

Bacteria can lend all sorts of delicious flavors, including a range of sourness.

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In which states was homebrewing illegal until 2013?

Both states finally legalized homebrewing in 2013, bringing them up to speed with the rest of America.

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What is wort?

Some of the sugars that result from mashing are fermentable; some are not.

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Why don't home brewers use wine bottles for their beers?

Some brewers will use champagne bottles, though.

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Compared to other beers, the fermentation temperature for lagers tends to be what?

Lagering is basically cold storage, which ultimately results in a clearer beer.

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Adding hops at the start of the wort boiling process adds what to the mixture?

So if you want a really bitter beer, it all starts at the beginning.

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In a homebrewing environment, what's the approximate maximum utilization of alpha acids in the finished beer?

Knowing this, you'll be better able to calculate how bitter your beer will be.

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In the homebrewing process, to what does lag time refer?

Long lag time doesn't necessarily mean an unsuccessful batch, but the wait can be frustrating for any brewer.

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After fermentation for a lager begins, it's usually safe to drop the temperature to about what?

Much lower than that and you might stall the fermentation, which should take around two weeks.

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Which molecular compound helps to produce fruity notes in a beer?

Tweaking the various compounds can completely change the flavor of a beer.

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How does a hydrometer assister brewers during the process?

A lot of brewers don't bother to use one, relying instead on experience.

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Which of the following is NOT a primary factor in achieving a robust fermentation?

The yeast quality is another major factor for good fermentation.

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Beer that has been pasteurized or filtered will benefit from a bit of aging.

Beer only improves with age if the yeast is still active.

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Yeast can grow with or without what?

This characteristic makes yeast unusual…and very useful.

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If you want to add a buttery note to a beer such as a Scotch ale, what molecular compound will be especially important?

The instability of this particular chemical, though, can quickly cause a beer to taste bad as it ages.

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What does lautering do?

A gentle spray of warm water is used for this simple process.

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If you want a brilliant-looking lager, you must lager your brew for at least how long?

That's the bare minimum, though; some brewers continue the lagering process for a year.

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If your fermentation temperatures are too high, your brew might wind up with too much of what?

Too-high fermentation temperatures can cause all sorts of funky flavors to develop.

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What temperature is generally considered too high for proper fermentation?

Once you break 75 degrees, your beer is likely to start tasting funny, and probably not in a good way.

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homebrewing was basically illegal in the United States until what year?

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter's signature, homebrewing immediately became a popular pastime.

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