I think Ben Franklin gives us the best definition of what beer is….
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
If you need to know more than that.. read on.
According to Webster’s online dictionary, "beer is a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and hops." Other definitions have expanded on this slightly by discussing other ingredients (yeast, water, etc.), but the simple definition above is accurate.
Wikipedia (as you would expect) has a more detailed definition that I rather like:
This question was recently submitted by a reader, and to tell you the truth I did not know much about the formaldehyde in beer issue. My initial reaction was "of course there is not formaldehyde in beer", but as I dug deeper into the research I began to grow concerned.
Now when I hear "formaldehyde" I think of preserving corpses… not exactly getting me in the mood for a cold one. So to start off I figured a definition of formaldehyde was in order:
** This question was asked by an individual looking to brew beer at home. Even though it is geared towards brewing, it is still a good description of the main ingredients of beer.
In its most simple form, beer is made of four basic ingredients: Water, yeast, Malt and hops.
As is the case with the human body, the most abundant ingredient in beer is water. Over 95% of your brew is made up of water. With such a large amount of your final product coming from a single ingredient, you can imagine how important it is to use good water.