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Why does beer make you urinate more?

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When we drink beer, we usually notice that the restroom is visited more frequently, as we have the desire to go much more than we usually do. This is caused by various reasons.

One of the main reasons is its important diuretic effect. The beer increases the amount of urine produced in the kidneys and thereby also increases the amount of water removed. Therefore we urge to urinate much sooner than if we drink water or other beverages.

Another reason is because of the ingredients involved in the process of brewing. Specifically, we refer to hops, the beer component that is responsible for the diuretic effect. Hops is used to counteract the sweet malt flavor and gives the bitter taste which is so characteristic of beer. This ingredient has a significant diuretic effect, and will provoke more frequent urination.

While it is true that this diuretic effect is not exclusively for beer, since there are other alcoholic beverages which increase urine production in the body. Alcohol itself is a diuretic that stimulates the bladder. Alcohol suppresses pituitary hormone responsible for inhibiting the diuretic effect in the glands.

All this actually boils down to the fact that the consumption of beer alone will dehydrate you, because by increasing urine output, the body eliminates more liquid than usual. Consumption of alcohol in moderation is always recommended. That’s because the body expels more fluid than it is getting. One solution is to rehydrate by drinking sips of water while you enjoy your beer. It complements both drinks. And maybe combine them with some tapas, or other delicious food.

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7 false myths about whisky

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Whisky is an excellent traditional drink, probably the most popular spirit and also the one with the most misconceptions. We share with you some of these preconceived ideas about this mythical drink. You may even end up enjoying whisky even more.

1. You must drink it pure

If you understand that whisky is forty percent of alcohol, you can also understand why you need to add a little water to drink it: after someone consumes more than three glasses, the taste buds are numbed and lose their ability to taste the whisky.

Not all whiskies must be consumed in a glass without ice, this depends on how the liquor has aged. There are smoky whiskies, powerful in their flavor and aroma, that need an ice cube to balance the strong taste.

2. The more expensive, the better

The best advice here is to try all possible whiskies and select the ones you like. You have to try every variety of whisky to discover your favourite.

The greater maturity, the more expensive the whisky. But that does not mean it is the only thing that marks the quality since one can find very nice whiskeys from little barrels. There are types with low ageing that can be enjoyed just as much, it’s a matter of knowing how to choose the whisky.

3. You have to drink it quick

To enjoy the whisky it is not necessary to drink large amounts or finish the drink very fast. Unlike tequila or rum, whisky must be taken slowly to savour. You can even enjoy one glass over an hour.

4. Do not drink from tall glasses

Although some people may find it a strange way of drinking whisky some prefer this one. And for years, the Scots have been drinking whisky from a Quaich (a special kind of shallow two-handled drinking cup or bowl).

5. The whisky should be warm

In Colombia, for example, it is customary to drink whisky to cool off and refresh yourself while in Scotland people use the drink to warm up. It is a personal choice, a matter of taste.

6. Cheap whiskies cause hangovers

The cheap whisky has the same alcohol as the expensive ones. But if you add hyperactivity, physical exhaustion, dehydration, mental excitement and the speed you drink it, and maybe a poor diet, then you are in danger of a hangover.

If you drink whisky during dinner and over the course of a conversation, the intake is not as high. However, there should be no difference between single malt whiskies and blends (mixes of malt and other grains). Chemically it could be said that single malt gives less hangover because it contains less concentration of sugar.

7. You can not pair whisky with food

Drinking whisky while enjoying a meal is quite different from that of wine. But it is possible. If a whisky is 12 years old, sweet, fruity or fresh with almond aromas, you could go with the fresh flavors of Ceviche, Tuna Tartar or grilled Octopus. When enjoying a whisky with food, it is suggested consuming it with a little water or ice.

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How to produce blonde beer

Ale, Lager, Trappist, Golden Beer….there is a large number of beers but  TAGS:without any doubt the most popular and polifacetic one is the so called “Blonde” beer, or Lager beer. In the morning, during lunch, or on nights out with friends, we can find this type of beer everywhere and at any time.

The success of the “blondes” is so big that everyone has a famous brand, there are people that don’t even drink it if it’s not their favourite beer.

So what is the secret of their success? How is blonde beer produced? What is the difference between some brands and others?

“Blonde” beer is actually called “Lager”, Lagerbeers are beers with low fermentation, which means that the are fermented with special wheats that make the fermentation process slowlier. In the last steps of the fermentation process they were traditionally stored in cellars ( or “lagered”, as the name says). Because of this is was easier to filter them and eliminate residual cells and to guarantee their characteristic transparence. Nowadays the process of storage in cellars can be made in  fermentation deposits as they are thermoadjustable.

Lagerbeers are among the newest beers, they are produced since the XIX century, when in Germany “ad hoc” fermentations were invented that made possible a fermentation under low temperature.

In some places the lagers are confused with pilsener or pilser but in reality these are not synonyms. Pilsener is a type of Lager that comes from the Czech city Pilsen and which is produced with local malt and hops. This beer is bitter and has a golden colour and it became famous quickly.

The majority of the Lager we know cannot be considered Pilsener in a strict sense because of their origin, but it is true that they follow the example of Pilsener more than the traditional of the Lager. It’s up to each one  if  he prefers to call it Lager or Pilsener. 

Would you like to have a fresh blonde beer? We recommend you not only one, but three:

  • Budweiser: The number 1 American beer in the world. It’s convenient to serve it almost frozen, it’s easy in the mouth and very refreshing.
  • Heineken: It was sold as probably the best beer in the world. Although experts deny that affirmation, for sure it has much flavour and is a little bitter. For sure we have drunk it many times on our funny nights out. The dutch queen par excellence.
  • Asahi Super Dry: The most consumed beer in Japan and the most popular japanese beer in the Occident. Haven’t you tried it? You definitely should..

Which blonde beer do you prefer and when? Can you recommend us one?