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Old 12-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #11
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Good article. Makes a person think.

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Old 12-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #12
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Think before you drink!

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Old 12-30-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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You guys are letting your thinking be clouded by the "craft beer vs BMC" paradigm people obsess about around here. The article isn't about that. It refers to "Bud Light" because it happens to be the most popular beer in the world, not because they're trying to frame the article in a "good beer" vs. "bad beer" light.

If that same line read "how did we go from rudimentary aboriginal slop to the highly refined craft brews we have today" the article would read much differently with the same basic info being presented.

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:44 AM   #14
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Actually it is the German's fault that American beer became what it did. No really it is. During world war 2, because of increased food demands, wheat acreage allotment provisions were suspended. This meant farmers would make much more money harvesting wheat than barley and wheat production skyrocketed and barley dropped.


This forced brewers to react by changing recipes to include more readily available corn adjuncts to their beer which significantly lightened the beer. It wasn't because of BMC which included many more than those three breweries, trying to save a buck. Barley simply wasn't available in the quantity needed.

Maybe because of how the younger drinkers control the market by shear volume even today, all these younger returning GI's liked the lighter taste and it stuck. But you can simply blame the US government's meddling with the free market caused by the German onslaught. That is how American beer became the adjunct laden recipe we see now with the BMCs.

Taste some surviving pre WW2 beer recipes: Batch 19 from Coors, anchor steam, Sam Adams brewed from Jim's grandfathers recipe- American beer used to be good beer and I am blaming it on the Germans.

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Old 01-01-2014, 12:58 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by JPrather View Post
You guys are letting your thinking be clouded by the "craft beer vs BMC" paradigm people obsess about around here.
Exactly. Home brewing is all about crafting something "slow," something unique, something special. It is rebellion against mass produced, middle-of-the-line, insipid beer.

It is interesting how many craft movements are abounding today, getting back to ancient roots of society. Homebrew, BBQ, Food TV, home fermenting, farmer's markets on and on. Getting back to how things were done 2 centuries ago- natural, local, family, community.

The mass production and industrialization of food and drink is being fought against, and hooray

This article demonstrates how when it comes to mega produced foods, we have regressed. McChilisWeiser food and beverage. But brave souls are rediscovering the past, and how much better in some ways food and beverage were then.

If we weren't so obsessed, what would be the point of investing our time and money in a hobby such as homebrewing.

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