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What is wort?

10/12/2016
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Wort, pronounced wert, is “beer starter” - or unfermented beer - comprised of malt extract (from grain mash) and water. It is the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer. Unhopped wort is known as “sweet wort,” while hopped wort is known as “hopped wort.”



When and where was the oldest beer recipe recorded?


The oldest surviving beer recipe was written in a 3,900 year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi (the patron goddess of brewing). The recipe is said to describe the production of beer from barley via bread.



What is the mashing process in brewing?


Mashing is a step in the brewing process that combines crushed Malts with hot water in a mash tun to convert complex starches into simple, fermentable sugars. The resulting liquid is called wort.





Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News, Legend Brewing Company edition.