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Spicing Beer

The use of ingredients to enhance taste in beer is as old as its history. In general it is believed that the first beer was made or “discovered” by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia some 6000 years ago. It was also the time nomads started to create agricultural communities producing e.g. bread from the growing and […]

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Different porter styles

Porters has been created as an answer to the lighter pale ales. It became very popular among porters who worked at docks and streets of England and quickly turned into the beer of the working men in the 18th century. In the 1800’s the invention of the roaster opened wide opportunities for brewers to increase […]

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PRESS RELEASE – The Swaen invests in growth for the future

Investment fund ‘het Zeeuws Participatiefonds (ZPF), specialized on innovation investments in the region of Zeeland, recently agreed to participate in the growth investment of The Swaen B.V. together with its current shareholders. The Swaen B.V. with its production facility and offices in Kloosterzande, is a malthouse specialized in the production of craft malts such as […]

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Brown malt

The very original brown malt had still enzymatic power in order to convert the sugars as the malt was used in a very high percentage in the grist bill of Porters. This is not the case anymore with the current brown malt. To understand this we have to go back in time. Kilns in malthouses […]

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Recipe of the month – Porter

Porter originated in London around 3 centuries ago, so it has a quite long history. Where does the name come from? Well, it became very popular among the porters, who worked at the local markets and delivered those products to the pubs. According to beer-historians the style evolved from Brown ales, that were widespread back […]

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Porter vs Stout

Porter goes back to the early 1700’s when it started to be popular in pubs for the “common” drinker. Someone’s claim it would have been made by blending 3 different beers, also partially for tax reasons. Thanks to its increasing popularity the Porter was made somewhat later as one beer out of mainly brown malt. […]

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