Ask anyone at the bars or brewhouses what their favorite beer is, and chances are you'll find that many people love the taste of Guinness. This popular dry stout originated in Dublin, Ireland in 1778 and, as of today, has grown to massive popularity all around the world. As one of the most unique beers on the market, Guinness has the distinction of being treated differently when it comes to kegs, pouring, and many other facets of beer distribution.
Not only is Guinness lower in calories than most light beers, but its rich, creamy head and full-bodied flavor make it a delight to drink. A portion of the barley that goes into Guinness is roasted to give the beer its dark color and unmistakable flavor. While many try to guess what the distinct flavor of the stout tastes like, most say that it has a slight coffee or molasses bite to it.
One of the worst things a beer drinker can do is pour a Guinness the wrong way. A bad pour can result in a glass filled with head, poor taste, or a sloppy-looking presentation. The process of pouring a Guinness is a simple 5-step procedure:
No. Guinness is specially-formulated using nitrogen and carbon dioxide to create its special brew, and the tap is an integral part of that formula. Every Guinness tap is built with a five-disk restrictor plate that compresses the liquid passing through it. This, in turn, forces the liquid and nitrogen together to allow the creamy head to settle in your glass (after waiting about 2 minutes). So, it would be best to use the specialized tap because it helps to make the Guinness a true Guinness.
Storing Guinness in your home brewing system requires some know-how and special equipment to keep it fresh and ready to flow whenever you want a cold pint. The following is the special equipment you'll need to purchase:
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