Sunday, September 30, 2012

Time for Secondary Fermentation

Last Sunday I brewed a batch of English style pale ale with the chefs before we started service. Even Chef Guy came by to see what the hell was going on. Today it had been two days since the airlock stopped bubbling so we transferred our beer into a secondary fermenting pale. The guys over at Brewtopia in Port Jefferson were nice enough to lend me a pail until more glass carboys arrive.  

What exactly is secondary fermentation and why would someone go through the extra step? 

Secondary fermentation is the processes of siphoning off your beer from the initial fermenter into another carboy there by leaving behind the sediment at the bottom of the primary fermenter. The yeast cake at the bottom of the fermenter contains dead yeast, remnants from the malt such as gluten, and any remaining hop particles and resins. 

This can alter the taste of your beer by lending yeasty and other rounded flavors to your beer. Some people are especially sensitive to yeasty flavors and it can turn them off from your otherwise tasty brew. The insoluble compounds also have hop resins that can leave your beer with a very harsh aftertaste. 

An additional benefit from this process is that it will greatly improve the clarity of your brew. There are other ways to improve clarity for more experienced brewers, such as employing slightly longer boils (75-90 minutes), using wort chillers for a very effective cold crash, or Irish Moss in the last ten minutes of the boil. All of these steps will help coagulate the proteins and beta glucans. This will help produce a more clear beer.  To be accurate, there isn't any additional fermentation that takes place during this process. It's more accurate to consider it a conditioning phase. 

Next week we will bottle! 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Beer Fridge

I'm more happy than a seven year old on Christmas. We got our new fridge yesterday! We're going to stuff it full of 18 beers in can format. Thirteen of those will be new to our list. It's also freed up some space in our tall fridge for some classics! I'll be posting reviews of all of the new beers over the next few days.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

We're Finally Moving!

Hello Everyone,

The thing about working with your friends is that they are in fact your friends. Deadlines get pushed back, details forgotten. A web developer friend of mine has been swearing up and down for months that our new custom webpage would be up and running. Eventually it faded to the back of my mind as we worked hard on everything else we do here. Friendships endure as webpages die. Thus is life.

However we still alive. I'll be updating here until we revamp and get rolling again with the new website. I'll also be recapping some of the beers I've had over the last few months.

Sorry for the delay! I hope all of you have been enjoying some great brews in the mean time.