Refrigeration is critical to the craft brewing process.
Unfortunately, many brewers use cooling systems that weren’t designed for the task, losing quality, damaging inventory, and wasting energy costs in the process.
At IceMasters in Calgary, we have 30+ years of combined experience with all varieties of commercial refrigeration, including craft beer brewers. We know what it takes to install a system that is reliable, affordable, and efficient. And best of all, we work hard to make sure we’re never a drain on your stress or your budget.
Why Refrigeration Matters to Craft Brewers
You probably already know that cooling is essential for the development of hops and other ingredients in your beer — but you might not be aware of just how profound the effects of refrigeration really are.
Storing beer that is already brewed at the proper temperature is one of the easiest ways to maintain its freshness, flavour, and aroma. Conversely, as temperatures rise, ingredients within your brewed beer can begin to oxidize, which affects the taste in a negative way. Even a few hours in warm air can be enough to give your brew a “wet paper” taste and take away from its richness.
Storing beer at too cold a temperature can be just as damaging. Not only do lower temps affect your beer in a way that’s similar to heat, but as your beer approaches the freezing point, it can have a numbing effect on the drinker’s tongue, meaning that your customers may not be able to taste the subtleties of your brew. Although it has become popular to serve most beers at 38°, the fact is that many craft brewers taste better at a slightly higher temperature.
The bottom line on cooling for craft breweries is that you need to have a consistent, reliable refrigeration system that is specifically designed for the purpose. Even minor variations in cooling from one batch to the next will create different flavor profiles, leading to inconsistent quality.