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The Production of
Alcoholic Beverages
Beer and Ale

Malt beverages, including beer and ale, are made by brewing cereal grains (often barley). The initial step in the brewing process is ýmalting.ţ After having been softened sufficiently by being soaked in water, the grain is piled in heaps and allowed to sprout. When the sprouted root shoots are approximately three fourths the length of the kernels, the grain is subjected to a drying process. Thereafter the sprouts are removed. The malt (the grain without the sprouts) is stored for a period of four to eight weeks. During this time an enzyme known as diastase is released and the characteristic malt flavor comes into being. The enzyme diastase changes starch into sugar during the subsequent ýmashingţ process. After the malt is ground up, mashing begins. Water and cereals (such as corn or rice) are added to the malt. This mixture is then heated and stirred continually. Solid matter settles when the stirring is stopped. The next step involves adding hops, that is, the dried flowers from the hop vine, and boiling the mixture. Finally, yeast is added to start the fermentation process, the conversion of sugar into alcohol. The finishing process includes aging, carbonating and filtering.

Cocktail Sauce:

1 cup ketchup
║ slice of lemon
1 tbsp. horseradish (to taste)
1 tbsp. Hog's Breath Hot Sauce (to taste)

Key West Koolaid:

║ oz. Amaretto
║ oz. Melon Liquor
add Cranberry Juice

Beer Cheese Soup

Serve this rich soup with a hearty loaf of bread.
Serves 4
1 stick of Butter
1 medium Onion, diced
2 stalks Celery, diced
1/2 cup Flour
4 cups Chicken broth
12 ounces of Beer (one can)
1 1/2 cups Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon Dry mustard
Salt and white pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a heavy soup pot. Add the onion and celery. Cook until just soft. Sprinkle on the flour and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Slowly whisk in first the broth, then the beer. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Slowly whisk in the cheese. Add the mustard. Remove from the heat and serve immediately. To reheat, place in a double boiler to prevent scorching.

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