Irwell Works Brewery has to be seen to be believed……. well now you can !!! its situated in the former ‘IRWELL STEAM, TIN, COPPER & IRON WORKS’ on Irwell Street in Ramsbottom, Lancashire and it has the best gluten free snack bar to complement the brewery. The building dates from 1888 and originally built for local coppersmith Richard Mason.
Of course, the actual process of brewing is a lot more complicated (full of terrifying terms like lautering, wort, and isomerization). It’s the job of the brewer to have as much control over as many elements as possible so that the end result is close to what he or she had in mind.
In a sense, “brewing” is really about doing as much as possible to influence the results of a process that’s entirely hands off: fermentation. We are able to brew beer (and drink beer, and spill beer) for one reason: single-celled organisms called yeast, most often the Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Saccharomyces pastorianius variety, like to metabolize starch-derived sugars into ethyl alcohol and CO2. When we brew a beer, we are preparing a certain amount and variety of grain to produce those sugars, and then adding yeast so they can feast and create alcohol. If you can wrap your head around that, you can grasp the concept of brewing. (Think of hops, that other essential brewing ingredient, like seasoning, stabilizing the brew and adding flavor.)
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