Any brewer worth his weight in malt know that making a beer is 99% cleaning and 1% brewing.
Malt provides the sugars need to make beer but they still need to be extracted. This process is called Mashing and there are several different method to this process.
Every brewmaster deserves a break (or two).
Every wine connoisseur can tell the quality of a wine from its aroma; why would that be any different for beer.
You only need 4 ingredients to make a great beer; Malt, Hops, Water and Yeast. This recipe was so simply and yielded such an important product that the Bavarians inscribed it into a 1516 purity law.
For every brewer there are 1 main source of these sugars, malted barley.