These Are The Fascinating Similarities Between Whiskey And Beer.
Let’s start with the beer. It is an alcoholic beverage, not distilled, with a bitter taste, which is made from sprouted barley grains or other cereals and whose starch is fermented in water with yeast and is often flavored with hops among other plants. Its production process is distinguished by a critical step that is malting: the barley grains are germinated, dried, and roasted until they reach the desired color and aroma. This is worth mentioning when the starches are transformed into sugars and are available to generate alcohol. The must is prepared by grinding and macerating the ingredients, filtering, and cooking, and the last step is fermentation.
Differences between beer and whiskey:
- Alcoholic graduation: eleven ounces of beer (325 ml) contain 5% alcohol, compared to 40ml of whiskey that contains 40% alcohol (depending on the variant, they can have much more).
- Beer is associated with medicinal benefits (in moderate amounts) thanks to its content in a heart-protective antioxidant compound: flavonoids. It is valued for being hydrating thanks to its high water content, it is diuretic due to its potassium content, antioxidant due to its vitamin content, cardiovascular due to its vitamin B6 content, a good preventive of bone diseases due to its hops and mineral content, and as if that were not enough, a cell regenerate due to its folic acid content.
- The whiskey is similar to a beer that has been distilled and does not contain hops.
- Whiskey and beer are made from starchy grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, millet, and oats. Some more specific examples: single malt whiskey is made from barley and distilled in a single distillery, while bourbon or American whiskey is 51% corn, plus other ingredients and grains.
- The whiskey has a light color when it is distilled, and before being stored in wooden barrels for the aging process, this is the step in which it acquires its characteristic brown color.
- One of the primary defects in the manufacture of whiskey, and to which manufacturers of cheap brands resort, is adding caramel or molasses to provide that brown color artificially.
- Beer is a fermented drink with low alcohol content, distinguished by its other beneficial compounds for health, such as antioxidants, calcium, potassium, biotin, and B vitamins.
- Another big difference between the two, of course, is the price. Although there are different quality beers, they will never be expensive, depending on their production process and country of origin. In comparison, whiskey is another drink with all kinds of qualities depending on its preparation and can be accessible to practically impossible to pay.
- In Scotch whiskeys, the barley must is known as “wort” and is fermented with yeast for a couple of days or more until it is ready to go into the famous copper stills.
- In the world of whiskey, master distillers play a fundamental role; they are the master of stills and have the vital task of keeping only the best part of the precious liquid. During this first distillate, the wort is heated instills up to 78º C. At this temperature, the alcohol boils, and the steam rises through the condenser. After this process, the liquid passes to another alembic for a second distillate, giving rise to the drink that passes to the final phase: aging.
The aging process is one of the main elements that differentiate whiskey from classic beer. For example: for a whiskey to be considered Scotch, the liquid that comes out of the distilled process must age in oak barrels for a minimum period of 3 years. The type of wood (sometimes used in barrels that have aged sherry or wine previously) will also significantly affect the aroma and final palate of the whiskey.