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When looking at that frothy top, that beautiful golden colour and then enjoying that first taste of beer, you might not be thinking that one of the ingredients in your beer could well be maize.

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Instant beer now relies on maize as a key ingredient, but it was not always that way.

Modern breweries are not too fond of using maize in their beers, but the tradition of using corn to make alcohol is one that lives on in other ways. Craft beer enthusiasts, as well as those hobby brewers who enjoy making their signature ale on the weekends, know that maize can be a very useful additive to their list of ingredients. When using maize in your beer, you are not only able to give the beer a nicer colour but you are also able to give it a unique flavour.

Long before the modern methods to brew beer became the accepted norm, those settlers travelling from the Europe to the New World (America) brought malt with them to make their beer. But the malt was quickly used up and they were forced to seek out an alternative. Luckily for them, by the time they had arrived in the Americas, maize was already being harvested as a domesticated plant.

Early Brewing

Once they had figured out that maize could be malted, they had two methods by which they could make their beer. The first method was far simpler than the second and it involved making massive amounts of corn bread. These would then be mashed up and used to brew, allowing them to completely bypass the need to malt the maize.

The second method was more complicated but was ideal for those who did not want to bypass the malting process. They would dig a hole and plant their corn. Then once the corn sprouted they would dig it up again, wash it and kiln it. It was a more involved process.

Luckily, you don’t have to try out either of these methods when you decide to make instant beer. With all of the ingredients prepared and packed, all you need to do is empty the contents and add water. Within 24 hours, you will have your first brew ready to drink!

“African beer is another beverage that has come a long way. In Africa, we do things a little differently. African beer is known as Umqombothi, and it is made from maize, maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water. This is one of the most popular drinks in South Africa and it is rich in Vitamin B!”

Over the years, maize was replaced with a whole lot of other ingredients but in recent years, maize has returned to the beer crafting scene.

The Craft Movement and the Return of Maize

If you know anything about beer, then you will know that craft beer has become a genuine industry. What started as a fun pastime for some, turned into a successful industry! Consumers are more interested in the brews made by small breweries than in those beers that are mass produced.

The key to the success of the craft industry is that the flavours of the beer can change from one batch to the next. This keeps the beer unique and helps to promote microbreweries. Instant beer falls into the micro brewing industry and you can become a part of this industry when you buy instant beer.

Just as corn is an exceptionally versatile product, when it is being used to make beer, it can be even more versatile. The different forms that maize can take when making beer include malted corn, corn syrup, cornmeal, corn grits and corn sugar. While some of these ingredients are readily available, others can be more difficult to find. This makes things a little more complicated when you want to make your own beer.

With the instant beer option, there is less effort in having to find your ingredients and there is no need to go through a long brewing process.

Instant beer is the ideal product to have if you are just interested in brewing for yourself and a few friends and with your brew ready in just 24 hours, you’ll soon be downing a delicious beverage.