Beer – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do I have to come into the store to place an order?
Q. I like the idea of making beer with you. Where do I start?
Q. How long does it take to make a batch of beer?
Q. What is my involvement?
Q. Once the beer is ready, do I need an appointment to bottle or can I just show up?
Q. How long does it take to bottle?
Q. What style of bottle can I use?
Q. Do you sell bottles?
Q. How soon can I drink my beer once it is bottled?
Q. How should I store my beer from McBarley’s?
Q. How long does beer keep?
Q. What is beer?
Q. What are ales?
Ales have a broad range of beer styles including bitters, pale ales, porters, stouts and barley wines.
Q. What are lagers?
Lagers include Bocks, Munich, Oktoberfest, and the famous Pilsners.
Q. What is Cream Ale?
Q. Why is beer stronger in Canada than the U.S.?
Q. What is good, bad, skunked, spoiled beer?
‘Skunking’ this happens when beer has been exposed to strong light (light-struck*), either natural or artificial causing certain components in hops to alter and produce acrid flavours which have a pronounced ‘skunky’ character
‘Spoiled’ also referred to as going ‘off’, is a more vague term and often refers to beer that has not been properly stored or handled allowing oxidation or other off-flavours resulting from contamination, overheating, etc.
*Bottled beer can become light-struck in less than one minute in bright sun, after a few hours in diffuse daylight, and in a few days under normal fluorescent lighting.