This is the beer story that shapes the Maka story!
Hops: Beer’s flower child & scale changing innovation
Hops are the flowers or cones of a plant called Humulus lupulus. Beer gets its aromas and bitterness from hops apart from its preservative properties. That allowed industrial-scale production of beer. Aromas and bitterness are dosed according to the specific beer profile. From citrusy, floral, earthy, mellow, spicy, fruity, we can chose the variety, quantity and addition time of the hops during the brewing and maturation process.
Malts: The star of beer, Egyptian moms drank it too
Malts add sugars for fermentation and generates flavour. It is the malt profile that gives the beer its body and malty uniqueness.
Malt is germinated cereal grain that has been dried through a process known as malting. The grain is made to germinate in water and then stopped by drying with hot hair.
Malt beer is considered to be nutritious and is sometimes given to nursing mothers. In ancient Egypt, nursing mothers drank their form of malt beer (zythum) as a laxative and an antidiarrheal.
Latambarcem Brewers imports all malts from Poland and Great Britain. The two roll barley malt variety give us the highest efficiency and best flavour profiles.
Yeast: The master of fermentation
Yeast is the most important change agent in the making of beer. And is the main protagonist of the most important aspect of beer making- fermentation.
Discovered in the late 1860s by Louis Pasteur, yeast is the acting agent for change from malt juice to beer by consuming sugar and producing alcohol and carbon dioxide. Importantly, yeast contributes to a prominent beer profile to every single beer.
Yeast also gives aroma to beer, as a by-product of the fermentation process, in addition to the hops.
The Secret Agent
Even our water is Craft
Water is the ingredient with the highest volume. It is the secret agent in the beer-making process. As the name suggests, special water crafted for every beer that is made. Every brew needs the right beer profile to get the optimised and desired quality end product.
We at Maka, craft our own water as per beer style because every brew asks for the right water profile to get the optimised and desired controlled quality of the product.
The water is first made devoid of any minerals to make it totally neutral. Then minerals needed for the specific beer type is added. This is how water is curated or crafted.
The water is adjusted to make it exactly like the water from the region where the particular beer type comes from.