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Wouldn’t you love to always have cold beer on tap? Well, with this step-by-step Kegerator guide you can do just that. Find out what equipment, supplies, and steps you'll need to build your very own Kegerator!
A Kegerator is essentially a refrigerator converted to house a keg of beer, with a tap installed. This allows you to have cold beer on tap right in your very own home. Kegerators can be decorated any way you see fit.
Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world, and there’s evidence it’s been produced for at least the past five thousand years. But beer did not take on its current flavor profile until the addition of hops, first mentioned in 822 AD by Carolingian Abbot.
Beer is made of cereal grains, such as barley and wheat. It goes through two main chemical processes while brewing: the starches in the grains are converted to sugars, and then the sugars are converted to alcohol.
First, the grains are combined with hot water, which breaks the starches down into sugars. This is called mashing. The sugary water, called wort, is then separated from the mash. The wort is boiled down, reducing the water level. At this stage hops are also added, and cooked in the boiling wort. Hops add a bitter but fruity flavor profile, and also work as a preservative.
The longer you boil the hops, the more bitter the beer. If hops are added later in the process, the beer will be fruitier. When the wort is cooled, it is now ready for yeast, which will convert the sugars into alcohol.
So get brewing!
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