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| The color of beer curiously mirrors that of human locks. Why that should be, I have no idea, but I was struck by this fact after I received one of the strangest news releases to ever cross my desk. (More about that in a minute.) |
From the lightest towhead to the most raven-haired beauty, the entire color spectrum of beer is visible atop people's heads. Just like your noggin, there's no naturally occurring green, blue or purple.
Beer's color comes primarily from the grain that's used to brew it. Barley is the most common brewing grain, although wheat, rye and a few others also are used. Once the barley is harvested, it's soaked in water until it begins to sprout, and its growth eventually is halted with heat. Grain is kilned to various degrees, with lighter temperatures producing lightly colored malt. Sometimes the grain is roasted to create very dark, almost black malts. The combination of malts creates a range of aromas, flavors and color.
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