Caramelization is overstated in both brewing and cooking because it requires exceptionally high temperatures. The far more common non-enzymatic browning process is the Maillard reaction. Despite the names, caramel candies made with
Barrel-aged beers are wonderful, but barrels are also expensive, time-consuming, and take up a lot of space. With the wide array of oak alternatives available, they are also unnecessary. Explore the alternatives to barrels.