CHAPTER 7:WHEAT BEER

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Head Brewer Rob Todd mashes in his legendary Alla-gash White at their Portland, Maine, brewery.

WHEAT, LIKE OUR BELOVED BARLEY, TRACES ITS ROOTS BACK AT LEAST 10,000 YEARS TO EARLY CIVILIZATION AS ONE OF THE FIRST DOMESTICATED GRAINS. WHEAT BEER AS WE KNOW IT LIKELY ORIGINATED WITH GERMANIC TRIBES IN THE MIDDLE AGES, THOUGH IT WAS USED IN BREWING FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE THAT.

AS MUCH AS WE LOVE WHEAT IN OUR BEERS, ITS LACK OF A HUSK TECHNICALLY MAKES IT AN INFERIOR BREWING GRAIN. GRAIN BILLS FOR WHEAT BEER MUST INCLUDE A PORTION OF BARLEY. WHILE 40 TO 60 PERCENT WHEAT IS TYPICAL OF MOST WHEAT BEERS, A PATIENT BREWER ...

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