Lager and Ale

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A lager is one of the two main overarching beer types in the world. The other type is called an ale. What really differentiates these two is the type of yeast used in fermentation during the brewing process. Ales use “top-fermenting” yeast strains, which ferment at the top of the fermentation container. Lagers, on the other hand, have “bottom-fermenting” yeasts, which ferment at the bottom of a fermentation container. Easy enough, right? The different types of yeast typically call for different temperatures. Usually, lagers are brewed at cooler temperatures than ales.


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