Refrigeration For Craft Brewing
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Using a cooling system that isn’t designed for this specific task puts the quality of your beer or cider at risk. It can also damage your inventory, waste energy, and increase your overall costs in the process.
Here at ICEMASTERS, we have 30+ years of combined experience with all types of commercial refrigeration – including craft beer brewing systems.
We know what it takes to install a system that is reliable, affordable, and efficient. We also know exactly the right system for the job. 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. On the other hand, the ingredients within your brewed beer can begin to oxidize as temperatures rise , which impacts the taste in a noticeably 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. This means that your consumers may not be able to taste the subtleties of your brew.
Interesting Fact: Although it has become popular to serve most beers at 3º Celsius (or 38° Fahrenheit, for our American friends), the fact is that many craft brews 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.
For More Information:
Want to know more about proper refrigeration for craft beer brewing? Then check out our “3 Things Craft Brewers Need To Know About Refrigeration“.