Learn the Step-by-Step Process Of Brewing Beer, Explained in Animated GIFs

Here's every step of brewing beer, from breaking down the malt to shipping the final product.


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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