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Beer Stain Removal - History and Facts

It’s no secret that beer is one of the most widely-consumed beverages in the world.

In fact, did you know that beer is served and enjoyed in over 45 countries? Here in the US, beer sales are responsible for more than $246 billion of the US economy, creating jobs for two million people.

Inevitably, with the world’s ever-growing beer consumption comes one or two beer stains to handle here and there. That’s why we created COIT’s guide to beer stain removal. With our step-by-step guide, you’ll have a few handy do-it-yourself solutions to keep your carpet brewsky-free.

History of Beer

Before we get into the steps involved in removing beer stains, let’s take a closer look at the history of this famous beverage.

The first beer dates back to the times of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The majority of brewers were women. As brewers, these women held well-respected positions. These women were also considered to be priestesses, as certain types of beers were incorporated into Mesopotamian religious ceremonies.

5,000 years ago, Egyptian Pharaohs drank beer every day, enjoying a beverage that was made from baked barley bread. Beer shows up in history in Greek history and throughout the Middle Ages in Europe as well. Monks often built breweries as a way of giving food and shelter to passing travelers and people who had migrated.

In Ancient Rome, beer was also consumed on a daily basis. It was so loved by Emperor Charlemagne that he trained actual brewers himself!

Ingredients in Beer & Other Facts

Did you know that beer is over 95 percent water? Depending on where the water comes from, it can create a different type of taste for the beer consumer.

The second ingredient in beer is yeast. During the fermentation process, yeast (single –celled organisms) produces alcohol and carbon dioxide.

The third essential ingredient in beer is malt. To form malt, you must soak a grain in water (until it starts to sprout). The grain is then converted into simple sugars through this process, then dried and cured and used in the fermentation process.

Beer also contains hops which provide the flavor and aroma of the beer. Derived from the vining plant, brewers have more than 50 types of hops to choose from. The bitterness of the hops balances out the sweet taste that exists after fermentation. Each brand of beer combines these ingredients in their own unique way to create the various types sold at breweries and stores.

Removing Beer Stains

If you come across a beer stain on your carpet, you can use one of COIT’s do-it-yourself solutions to help eliminate the stain. For more advanced beer stain removal treatment, give COIT carpet cleaning a call today