Beer may be as cheap as water in some places but it contains far more carbohydrates and calories than basic H2O.\n\n\n\nSo, how exactly do you calculate carbohydrates and calories in home-brew beer? In order to calculate calories in beer, you need to know the original gravity (OG) & final gravity (FG) of the beer. With these measurements, you can calculate your alcohol by volume, calorie content & carbohydrate content. There are 7 calories to 1 ml of alcohol. Approx. calorie = (ABV x 2.5) x oz.\n\n\n\nI have spent quite a bit of time trying to get a definitive answer as to how to easily calculate the calorie and carbohydrate content of your home-made beer. In the rest of this article, I want to share with you what I found, because it wasn't that straightforward to get the answer I was looking for. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat are carbohydrates?\n\n\n\nCarbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (proteins and fats being the other two) which power our bodies and are part of a healthy diet. They get their name, carbohydrates, from their chemical make up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.\n\n\n\nCarbohydrates are found in the sugars and starches or fibers of foods such as fruit, grains ( we call it beer), veggies and dairy.\n\n\n\nHaving carbohydrates in your diet is essential because they help power your central nervous system and give your muscles the energy they need during the day. Carbs are also responsible for stopping the use of protein as an energy source by the body and help us metabolize fat.\n\n\n\nIn short, we need just the right amount of carbs (135 grams for adults per day) in order to stay healthy, so cutting them out of your diet completely isn't recommended. However, it's important to eat complex carbohydrates instead of the simple carbs found in things such as white rice and pastries. This is because complex carbohydrates also have other nutrient benefits and are low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.\n\n\n\nLuckily, the carbohydrates in beer is obtained from grain. This is considered a complex carbohydrate and doesn't fall into the "bad" carbohydrate group. Beer may even be better than wine, which is obtained from fruit and is a lesser complex carbohydrate. \n\n\n\nBeer 1, Wine 0.\n\n\n\nWhat are calories?\n\n\n\nWe've all heard the word and we know that it's what our wives use to stop us eating that second chocolate bar (or third glass of home-brew), but how does it affect our beer consumption?\n\n\n\nOfficially a calorie is determined as the amount of energy it takes to heat up 1 kilogram or water from 0 to 1 \u00b0C. So, calories are really energy that our bodies need to fuel all functions and actions.\n\n\n\nNote: in Europe and Australia, as well as other countries, calories are measured in kilojoules whereas in the USA calories are measured in kilocalories, which is 1000 times what it takes to heat 1 kilogram of water from 14.5 \u00b0C to 15.5\u00b0C.\n\n\n\nIt's generally agreed by the medical community that adults should consume only between 1,200 -2,000 and 1,500 -2,600 calories for women and men respectively depending on activeness. You can measure this with a smartwatch nowadays, my wife got me a Fitbit Charge 3 and it's great. You can check it out on Amazon.\n\n\n\nCheck with your doctor for more information for your own personal case.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n Plan your next Beer Creation?