Chapter 8: Evolution of Crafting Beer and Whiskey
With a history dating back thousands of years, and a special place in human history, the art of brewing and distilling fermented beverages has evolved throughout the centuries. From the earliest days in Sumerian society to the latest in specialty beers brewed by your favorite microbrewery, advancements in technology have expedited the process, allowed the drink to flourish throughout society and have given rise to the array of conveniently packaged drinks — kegs, bottles and cans — now available throughout much of the world.
Even though the art of brewing and distilling is ancient, some of the smallest breweries and distilleries continue to make improvements and conduct creative experiments to change the process for the better.
However, even with technological advancements, the process of brewing and distilling remains an energy-intensive process that requires heating, cooling and packaging in order to distribute the final product to the public. Boiling, refrigeration and compressed air systems employed in breweries and distilleries are essential components in the operation, but wasted energy can make noticeable cuts into the profits of smaller distributors. By employing a few simple methods at your operation, you can increase the overall efficiency of your equipment and increase performance and productivity, both of which can result in drastic savings on annual expenses.
Next time you join your friends at the local pub for a cold pint, or purchase a bottle of fine malt whisky, you can enjoy the beverage a little more knowing you’re partaking in a drink that has been perfected over thousands of years.
If the art of brewing has intrigued you after reading this guide, you may wish to try crafting your own fermented beverages from the comfort of your home! Home brewing is a hobby that many of the founding fathers of the United States of America enjoyed. You, too, can follow in the footsteps of some of the country’s earliest visionaries who helped pour the foundations of this country — as well as some of its earliest glasses and pints of fine porters, lagers and ales.