Summary of Adolphus Busch's testimony during 1900

Congressional Hearings on "Pure Food"

"Mr. Busch, president of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association, states that the beer of this company is made entirely of barley malt, hops and yeast, except that some rice is used in order to make a very pale beer of the Bohemian type.  This company has never used any corn or glucose or preservatives or coloring matter.  Corn does not make a high grade of beer, because of certain oily substances which it contains.  They are partly transformed into fusel oil after fermentation.  The quantity of fusel oil is not large enough, in Mr. Busch's judgment, to be injurious to health.

   "Rice is used not to cheapen beer, but to produce a very pale beer of the Bohemian type.  It is twice as expensive as barley malt.  Mr. Busch is not opposed to the use of corn, though he uses none himself.  He does not think that there can be any good evidence that the use of unmalted grains in brewing is unwholesome."

 

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