While most of us love beer, few of us know exactly how it’s made. Global brewing company SABMiller released a super informative animated video that breaks down the brewing process into its most basic components.

The company says it has released the three-and-a-half minute motion graphic video with the goal of explaining a “technically complex process correctly, simply, and without fuss.” We think they did a pretty damn good job.

To make it even easier for you, we’ve put together a series of GIFs (created from the video) that highlight the main steps of the brewing process.

Step 1: Milling the grain


Beginning In the brew house, different types of malt are crushed together to break up the grain kernels in order to extract fermentable sugars to produce a milled product called grist.

Step 2: Mash Conversion


The grist is then transferred into a mash tun, where it is mixed with heated water in a process called mash conversion. The conversion process uses natural enzymes in the malt to break the malt’s starch down into sugars.

Step 3: Lautering


The mash is then pumped into the lauter tun, where a sweet liquid (known as wort) is separated from the grain husks.

Step 4: The boil


The wort is then collected in a vessel called a kettle, where it is brought to a controlled boil before the hops are added.

Step 5: Wort separation and cooling


After boiling, the wort is transferred into a whirlpool for the wort separation stage. During this stage, any malt or hop particles are removed to leave a liquid that is ready to be cooled and fermented.

Step 6: Fermentation


To start the fermentation, yeast is added during the filling of the vessel. Yeast converts the sugary wort into beer by producing alcohol, a wide range of flavors, and carbon dioxide (used later in the process to give the beer its sparkle).

Step 7: Maturation


After fermentation, the young “green” beer needs to be matured in order to allow both a full development of flavors and a smooth finish.

Step 8: Filtration, carbonation, and cellaring


After reaching its full potential, the beer is filtered, carbonated, and transferred to the bright beer tank, where it goes through a cellaring process that takes 3-4 weeks to complete. Once completed, the beer is ready to be packaged (and that’s a whole other fascinating process explained in the video).

Watch the SBAMiller video below if you’d like to see the process in full, narrated by a British man with an incredibly soothing accent.

[via Paper Magazine]

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